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Bhriguvanshi beats buzzer as India pip Iraq 81-78 to finish third in Asia Cup qualifiers | More sports News – Times of India

NAGPUR: When it mattered probably the most, India’s greatest two guards Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Amjyot Singh have been at all times on responsibility. The lethal duo turned the tide for India in the ultimate seconds of their should-win sport towards Iraq in the third window of males’s qualifiers for the FIBA Asia Cup basketball championship in Bahrain on Saturday.
While Amjyot made a vital steal with two seconds left for the hooter, skipper Vishesh fired a buzzer-beating three pointer to information India previous Iraq by three factors (81-78) on the Khalifa Sport City enviornment in Manama.
With this important win, India secured the third place in Group D and earned a berth in the ultimate qualifying event for FIBA Asia Cup 2021.
Two months after they failed to halt Bahrain’s capturing spree, India put up a nice show of grit and character and tried many defensive strikes to hold Iraq at bay for many half of their essential outing.
Iraq appeared like they’d dictate the tempo early on, main 25-24, after the primary interval, however India tightened their defensive screws in the later half of the second quarter to take a useful 9-level lead on the breather.
The change of ends, nonetheless, turned the issues in Iraq’s favour as they introduced the lead down to only one level by dominating the third interval 21-13. While India fought their manner again in the ultimate quarter — main by as many as seven factors with three minutes remaining, a handful of errors in the dying stage introduced each the groups at par 78-78 with 40 seconds remaining.
In the ultimate second of the conflict, India defended nicely with Amjyot making a vital steal whereas clearing the ball for Vishesh who scored a working leap-shot for a buzzer-beating three pointer to assist his workforce report an exhilarating 81-78 win.
“It was a wonderful three-pointer of my life and I am thankful to god that I made this shot,”Vishesh mentioned on the buzzer-beater.
The skipper added, “In the crucial minutes of the game we made 2-3 mistakes and were looking like under pressure but we were not. We came back and did some good defence to steal the ball and make the basket for this crucial win.”
Iraq’s size though gave India a lot of trouble, as they won the battle of the boards, 40-26. India’s pressure defense with timely conversion forced Iraq to commit many errors. India won the battle of steals and assists 10-9 and 22-17 respectively.
For India, Muin Bek Hafeez (22), Amjyot (13), Aravind Annadurai (12), Vishesh (11) and Joginder Singh (9) did the bulk of scoring as the game-high 24-point effort from Iraq’s Kevin Galloway went in vain.
On Monday, India will face Lebanon.
RESULT: India (Muin Bek Hafeez 22, Amjyot Singh 13, Aravind Annadurai 12, Vishesh Briguvanshi 11, Joginder Singh 9) bt Iraq (Kevin Galloway 24, Ihab Al-Zuhairi 16) 81-78 (24-25, 23-13, 13-21, 21-19).

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