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FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers: Spirited India go down against world No. 27 Iran

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FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers: Spirited India go down against world No. 27 Iran

The Indian men’s basketball team faced a tough challenge against Iran in their FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers match, ultimately losing 53-86. Despite being ranked lower, India showed determination and skill, impressing the crowd at the K.D. Jadhav Indoor Hall, Indira Gandhi Stadium.

India, ranked 81st, took on 27th-ranked Iran with energy and spirit, initially taking the lead. However, Iran’s physicality allowed them to gain momentum and control. India stayed in the game, trailing by just three points after the first quarter, showcasing their potential.

Despite India’s efforts to match Iran’s pace and shooting accuracy, the rebounding game proved to be a challenge. The hosts struggled on the boards, leading to a halftime score of 32-42 in favor of Iran. Pranav Prince shone for India with 11 points, supported by Arvind Kumar Muthu Krishnan and Muin Bek Hafeez contributing nine points each.

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Head coach Vaseline Matic expressed confidence in the team’s talent and potential for growth, emphasizing the need for more experience. With upcoming qualifiers in November and planned exposure trips, the team aims to improve and deliver winning performances. Iranian coach Hakan Demor praised Indian forward Pranav Prince for his impressive performance, highlighting the promising future of the young Indian team.

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