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07-31-2011, 03:04 PM
Bangladesh win Sheikh Kamal Internatinal basketball championship.

The small wooden floor basketball Gymnasium in Dhanmondi adjacent to the Abahani Club ground turned into an arena of celebrations yesterday as hosts Bangladesh overpowered West Bengal by 87-68 points in the title-deciding match to clinch the title of the Sheikh Kamal International Basketball Championship.

As soon as the final whistle was blown, the victorious Bangladesh players started a celebratory huddle while the losing side sat dejected and disgruntled.

Bangladesh dominated the proceedings for most of the match, taking a 32-21 lead in the first quarter. The hosts were finding the middle of the basket all too easily while a few of the efforts from the West Bengal side rebounded off the edge of the basket.

West Bengal though mounted a bit of a fightback in the second quarter and closed the gap to five points at one stage, but the momentum was eventually seized again by the hosts as the second quarter ended 41-32.
The momentum continued in the next two quarters as Bangladesh took the game by a 19-point margin.

The best player for Bangladesh was Ataur Rahman who scored 21 points in the game and the Bangladesh coach Mizanur Rahman gave him the most credit for the win.

“Even though we were the favourites at home, we did not think we would win the game easily. In fact Ataul's early effort helped us take a strong grip on the game.”

Mithun Biswas and Shamsuzzaman Khan Shoeb caged 15 points each for Bangladesh. However, West Bengal's Subhash tallied the highest points for the game with 26 while Pillai and Pal scored 15 points each for the losing side.

However, the losing side were not convinced that the game was conducted impartially and they walked out during the second quarter causing the match to be halted for a few minutes. They alleged that the referee was partial.

“There was clear partiality from the referee. Each time we took the ball in their half, the referee blew the whistle against us and waived their fouls,” West Bengal coach Nitai Banerjee said after the match.

Minister for Trade Faruk Khan MP distributed prizes among the participants after the match. The general secretary of FIBA Dato Yeoh Choo Hock and CEO of sponsors Citycell Mehbub Chowdhury were present, among others.

Zabeer of Maldives was adjudged the best player of the tournament while the Malaysian side were nominated the most disciplined side of the tournament. (

Victorious Bangladeshi basketball team.

07-31-2011, 03:14 PM
Afghanistan win gold against India in basketball in the South Asian Games in Dhaka, Bangladesh last year.

‪Afghanistan National Basketball Team South Asian Games 2010 (Gold Medal)‬‏ - YouTube ( 80.jpg&size=article_medium

Bangladeshi basketball team yesterday.

Bangladeshi navy who beat the army to win the championship in Bangladesh last year, 2010.

07-31-2011, 09:52 PM
Most of those Afghan players. Are Afghan-American. It sucks for them though, they couldn't make it to the 2012 qualifying tournament in Uzbekistan because of Visa issues.