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Indian men's basketball team wins sixth SABA Championship title

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Dhaka, Nov 19 (IANS) The Indian men’s basketball team won the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship 2021 after defeating hosts Bangladesh 106-41, here on Friday.

This was India’s sixth SABA title in as many appearances having also won the competition in 2002, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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Against Bangladesh, the Vishesh Bhriguvanshi-led India were on the front foot early in the match and led the opening quarter 33-11. Continuing their scoring rate in the second and third quarters, adding 54 points while Bangladesh managed just 21.

At the final whistle, India were up by 65 points, ending 106-41 to win the title.

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Earlier, India topped the table with three wins in three matches and a points difference of +188. Sri Lanka came second with two wins and a loss. India had defeated the Maldives 88-31 and Sri Lanka 114-48.

This was the eighth edition of the SABA Championship, organised by the South Asia Basketball Association (SABA).

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Prior to FIBA’s new qualification system for the Continental cups, enforced in 2017, this competition served as a means of qualification for India to important FIBA events such as the FIBA Asia Championship and the FIBA Asia Cup.

–IANS

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