Quarterfinal line-up for Thursday
Top half (winners meet in semifinals)
Turkmenistan Vs. Nepal
Mongolia Vs. Sri Lanka
Bottom half (winners meet in semifinal)
Hong Kong Vs. Lebanon
India vs. Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (1st FIBA Asia 3x3 Championships): India and Turkmenistan women certainly looked more solid and less uninhibited amongst the lot and therefore their finish on top of their respective groups in the Prelim Round competition in the women’s section only set the tone for future course of action.
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India with Geethu Anna Jose leading the pack, as expected, were confident and even brazen sometimes in forcing their way to top of Group B, but Turkmenistan survived a few challenges, scares even, before settling down into a rhythm.
With Qatar pulling out one of their two teams at the eleventh hour, Group B was a smooth sailing for all teams – in terms of qualifying for the quarterfinals – with size and skill taking over when it came to deciding how the teams finish.
Mongolia surely showed signs of emerging as a welcome addition to the East Asian power structure in FIBA Asia scheme of things in the women’s section, only the more experienced Indian line-up able to thwart the robust display of the girls from the land of Genghis Khan!
Lebanon looked sprightly but the rigors of the competition were a little too hot to handle for the Moutahed girls and Nepal women were prim and proper in their fundamentals with signs of improvement surely showing.
Group A therefore was certainly more competitive with Turkmenistan needing the heartstopping Overtime to overcome a spirited Qatari challenge.
Indonesia lost all their games – on paper – and thus became the only team not to progress to court action on Day 2, but winning against the SEABA outfit was no mean ask for any of the others.
Hong Kong were as clinical as any team that has come from this country and are surely a contender for a medal.
And Sri Lanka too looked very capable of pulling off a couple of surprises in the play-offs.
The moral of the story from Day One action in women’s competition, therefore, was obvious for all to see: The 3x3 had provided a great platform for all those teams which otherwise would have found it difficult to make a mark in international basketball.
If that doesn’t stand for the universality of Olympic spirit in sport, what does!