JINAN, China (2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship for Women): India began the game with caution, but took charge of the proceedings early on and then grew in confidence as the game progressed to roll over Hong Kong 81-51 in the Level I Qualifying Games on Saturday.
The win helped India retain their place in Level I for the 3rd FIBA Asia U16 Championship for Women to be held in 2013.
Shireen Limaye (pic above) accounted for 7 of her team-high 15 points, and 9 of her game-high 18 rebounds in the first quarter, put India in control of things midway through the first quarter.
Sharanjeet Kaur too accounted for 15 points in India’s win.
A 13-0 run that pushed India 17-5 ahead put Hong Kong in its place, with Limaye having in that run.
Sangeeta Kaur, who reeled in two long-rangers in that spree went on to score 13 points for India.
“Well, we remained in Level I. At least that is the satisfaction,” said India coach Vinod Vachani.
“We came in with the hope of attempting a top four finish,” he said.
“At least we are able to remain in Level I.”
India out-rebounded Hong Kong 51-41 and this was pointed out as a factor by Hong Kong coach Tam Yau Tong.
“We lost the game under the board after we gave them the advantage,” he said.
“Also we hurried through our shots. I would have liked us to distribute the ball a little more,” Tam added.
India had 28 assists in the game with Kavita Akula leading from the front with 8 assists as against Hong Kong’s 6.
“But we gave our best. We worked hard and played hard,” Tam said.
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