Bhandavya to lead India in FIBA Asia U18 Women’s Championship

Nov 11, 2016 15:45 | Education&Sports
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CHANDIGARH, NOV 11

The Basketball Federation of India today announced a 12-member Indian team to participate in the 23rd FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship for Women to be held in Bangkok (Thailand) from November 13 to 20.

Bhandavya HM, who had already debuted on the senior team last year, and coached by the seasoned Shiba Maggon, a former India women’s captain, will lead the Indian contingent.

The Indian girls team is currently ranked 38th in the world and fifth in Asia (as per the combined FIBA World Rankings for U16 and U18 teams).

India are grouped alongside five other teams in elite Level 1, with the top four teams at the end of the league rounds progressing to the semifinals stage.

India will be looking improve upon their sixth place finish in the last edition of the championship in 2014. The side’s first obstacle is hosts Thailand whom they will face in the opening game on November 13. Said coach Maggon, "Our motto is to never give up and keep trying to better ourselves. We will try to improve upon how we performed against Thailand (from their previous encounter in 2014 which they had lost 62-68) and also try to play well against Chinese Taipei."

The contingent left from Aurangabad earlier this morning and is travelling to Bangkok via Mumbai.

Initially, 25 probables were selected from the 67th Junior National Basketball Championship held in Puducherry from 1st to 8th May, 2016. Subsequently, a national camp was conducted at the National Basketball Academy in Indore from September 9 to 24, 2016. Based on their overall performance, the final 12-member squad was picked by the Selection Committee.

 

TEAM: Priyanka Prabhakara (Kerala), Riya Verma (Chhattisgarh), NIshanti Masilamani (TN), Aakarshan Sandhu (Chandigarh), Sakshi Pandey (MP), Carina Clarence Menezes (Mumbai), Bhandavya Hemmige Mahesha (Kar), Sushantika Chakravortty (Delhi), NImmi George (Kerala), Anusha Illath Parappali (Kerala), Gulabsha Ali (Chhattisgarh) and Srishti Suren (TN).