Amritpal Singh helped India script a historic win against China on Tuesday in the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran. Despite trailing their opponents 27-18 during the second quarter, India fought back superbly to register a 70-64 victory over the Chines thus keeping quarter-final hopes alive.
India's Basketball team on Tuesday, won their second match over higher-ranked opponents China in the FIBA Asia Challenge, in what was a stunning victory. The Indians won the match 70-64 handing the Chinese their first loss of the tournament. After winning their opening match against Philippines 91-83, the Indians scripted yet another fight back to win the match in the second half.
Previously, India managed to defeat China two years ago in the FIBA Asia Cup and Tuesday's victory was made special by Amritpal Singh who carried the team to the momentous victory with a superb all-round performance. The 25-year old, hauled down 14 rebounds, blocked 3 shots and had 3 steals, overall, sparking a 13-2 comeback in the second quarter, giving India a marginal lead by the end of the first half.
With China leading 27-18 in the second quarter, India tightened up their defense and went on the offensive, stated a release from FIBA. The duo of Amritpal and Amjyot paired up to hand India a slender 2-point advantage at the break with score reading 31-29 and maintained the lead throughout the match.
The Indian defense remained solid from there on, forcing the Chinese to commit errors and scored 22 points off turnovers.
India will take on Kazakhstan in their final group encounter tomorrow and aims to finish in the top-four to qualify for the quarterfinals.