Indian men basketball team faced yet another defeat to end their CWG campaign against Scotland. They lost all of their matches in this disappointing outing. Cameroon, England, Scotland- convincing losses against all three opponents depicted that basketball in India yet has a long way to go.
Notable things on 96-81 loss: –
1. Lack of Production:
India only scored 15 and 11, in 2nd and 3rd quarter digging themselves into a hole. They did put up a comeback stretch in the 4th but it was too late.
2. Turnover worries:
India again failed to keep turnover numbers low conceding 13 this time. These mistakes at offensive end has haunted them all tournament long and clearly there is no improvement from their part.
3. Stagnant Offense:
Lack of ball movement in offense continuous too as India only managed 17 assists compared to 28 of Scotland. Offensive stability has been as issue due to lack of production from key players, clearly the ugly game plan is the issue to be addressed.
4. Settling for 3s:
India jacked up 27 3s making 7 of them at a rate of 26% only. This poor shooting didn’t bring any change of plans which was the major cause of 2nd and 3rd quarter slumps.
5. Bright spots:
Aravind Annadurai shines again with double-double 27 points and 14 rebounds. Amyjot Gill and Satnam Bhamara contributed too with 26 and 16 respectively.
India was never expected to win this tournament but they could have managed a win if they didn’t commit the same mistakes every game. Being the student of the game is important for improvement. This would be a great learning experience; hope they give a better showing next time.