The Indian males’s basketball staff went down 95-63 to Lebanon in Group E of the second spherical of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers on the Indoor Kanteveera Stadium, Bengaluru on Monday.
Pranav Prince was the top-scorer for India with 19 factors whereas Jonathan Arledge responded with 21 factors for Lebanon.
The Indian hoopsters opened the scoring however Lebanon hit their stride quickly, taking a 27-17 within the first quarter.
India, ranked 82nd, clawed again early within the second quarter, lowering the deficit to 23-28. Nevertheless, world No. 54 Lebanon’s superior attacking prowess ensured they led 49-29 by half-time.
Lebanon swelled that result in 71-42 within the third quarter and steadily elevated it by the top to make sure a snug win.
India’s subsequent set of video games can be towards Saudi Arabia on November 10 and Lebanon on November 13.
The Indian basketball staff is but to win a match within the qualifiers. India misplaced all their 4 video games within the first spherical and to date have misplaced two matches within the second spherical. They’ve 4 extra matches left.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers will conclude in February subsequent yr.
India have by no means certified for the principle draw of the FIBA Basketball World Cup within the 18 editions held to date.