Indian cagers routed by Korea, eliminated

After giving scares to Lebanon and Malaysia in their first two Group A ties, the Indian hoopsters were on Saturday outclassed by two-time winners Korea in their last league encounter as they crashed out of the 26th FIBA Asia Men's Basketball Championships in Wuhan, China.

other Updated: Sep 18, 2011 01:55 IST
PTI

After giving scares to Lebanon and Malaysia in their first two Group A ties, the Indian hoopsters were on Saturday outclassed by two-time winners Korea in their last league encounter as they crashed out of the 26th FIBA Asia Men's Basketball Championships in Wuhan, China.


The Indians, coached by American Kenneth Wayne Natt, were thrashed 53-84 by the Koreans who have made it to semifinals of the continental championships 24 times out of 25.

India, for whom experienced Trideep Rai top-scored with 11 points, trailed 28-46 at half time. They had lost 68-71 and 67-71 respectively against Lebanon and Malaysia earlier in the tournament.

Hareesh Karoth, who had impressed in the first two ties, accounted for eight points which included two three-pointers along with Yadwinder Singh while Amjyot Singh and Vishesh Brighuvanshi tallied six each, according to information available here.

Korea led India by 36 points at one stage, a clear indication of the one-sidedness of the contest -- grabbing 15 points on the trot to lead 64-30 and effectively seal the match.

India had a seven-point run late in the match but by then the tie was as good as over.

First Published: Sep 17, 2011 17:37 IST