Two days. Three games. Three dominant wins. And most importantly, an important qualification.
India's squad for the tournament was picked based on performances at last month's Junior National Basketball Championship in Puducherry. The final 12-man roster in Dhaka is being led by experienced head coach Jai Prakash Singh and rising young star Baladhaneshwar Poiyamozhi from Tamil Nadu.
In the first game against Bangladesh on Wednesday morning, India scored 57 points in the first half and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 80-31 win against the hosts. With such a strong first win, India set the wheels in motion to carry their momentum for the next two games. With multiple players contributing, Vishal Kumar Gupta scored 15 points to lead India's scoring attack.
India's final match of the round-robin tournament was on Thursday morning versus Nepal. India left no room for doubt that they are the force to contend with in the South Asian region with a 117-40 win and retained their SABA U18 title.
India have now qualified for the 24th FIBA Asia Championship, which will be held at Tehran (Iran) from July 15-24, 2016.