With a dominant final win over the host side, Philippines' Blackwater Elite won the 3rd Penang Chief Minister Cup International Basketball Championship in Penang, Malaysia at the Han Chiang Indoor Stadium on Tuesday, June 7. India's representative at the tournament - Karnataka - finished 5th out of the six teams.
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Led by a stacked roster of contributors, Blackwater easily defeated host squad Malaysia Dragons in the tournament's final on Tuesday, 95-42. Blackwater held a slim eight-point lead at halftime but a third quarter explosion helped them seal the game and complete a perfect 5-0 sweep in the tournament.
India's representatives were the state team from Karnataka, who had added a few star players from Tamil Nadu to boost their squad. Led by Coach G Dilip, Karnataka featured talents like Arvind Arumugam, Rajesh Uppar, Aravind A., and Akilan Pari.
Karnataka's Chief Minister Cup results:
- Day 1: Malaysia Dragons (Malaysia) 82 - Karnataka 67.
- Day 2: Zhejiang Golden Bulls (China) 119 - Karnataka 49.
- Day 3: Karnataka 96 - Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology (Chinese Taipei) 87.
- Day 4: Blackwater Elite (Philippines) 113 - Karnataka 70.
- Day 5: PEA Basketball Club (Thailand) 84 - Karnataka 80.