Raspreet Sidhu leads Delhi Divas to second Round Title in 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL)

  • In a repeat of Round 1, Delhi Divas beat Kochi Stars 21-11 in the finals of Round 3, to regain the  3BL Women’s ‘Round’ title
  • India player Raspreet Sidhu claims second Most Valuable Player (MVP) award
  • This Round also saw the first head to head meeting between Indian women’s basketball legends Padma Shri Anitha Pauldurai and Arjuna Awardee Geethu Anna Rahul

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Chandigarh, 13th March 2022: Delhi Divas dominated against defending champions Kochi Stars to claim their second ‘Round’ title in the 3BL Women’s League. ‘3BL’, the only 3X3 Professional Basketball League in India is backed by the Basketball Federation of India and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). The third season is being played at the Hotel Wyndham Chandigarh Mohali from 8th – 21st March 2022 and is seeing participation from top national and international men’s and women’s 3X3 basketball players. 

Raspreet Sidhu leads the way again

India player Raspreet Sidhu was in scorching shooting form for Delhi Divas today right from the league rounds. Both in the pool stages and in the finals, Divas handed the Stephy Nixon-led Kochi Stars identical 21-11 double digit defeats.

In the finals, Delhi built up an early 6-2 lead. Delhi’s defence remained top notch, containing the much taller India centre Stephy Nixon from causing too much damage in the paint. Divas’ 4 point cushion soon ballooned to a 17-9 advantage, as the Stars appeared gassed in the midday heat.

This was Delhi’s second title win in three rounds. Meanwhile Kochi underlined its consistency reaching its third straight finals.

Indian basketball legends face off

Earlier in the league stages, Indian women’s basketball legends Anitha Pauldurai (Padma Shri, 2021) and Geethu Anna Rahul (Arjuna Award, 2014) faced off for the first time this season. Pauldurai’s Jaipur Regals prevailed over Rahul’s Coimbatore Spunkies, giving the Regals their maiden win in the Women’s League.

“I want to thank 3BL because playing a league is very important for basketball. I know very well because I’ve been playing for 18 years. I am happy that before retirement I’ve played at least two seasons of 3BL, last season and this season. Hats off to [Commissioner Rohit] Bakshi Sir. I hope [his] dreams come true [and] I am sure one day we will play [in the] Olympics,” Pauldurai said after Regals secured a spot in the semifinals.

Round 3 {Women’s League} Results

Delhi Divas bt Kochi Stars 21-11
Kochi Stars bt Ludhiana Queens 18-16Delhi Divas bt Jaipur Regals 18-13
League Rounds
Pool A
Ludhiana Queens bt Jaipur Regals 15-10Ludhiana Queens bt Coimbatore Spunkies 16-9Jaipur Regals bt Coimbatore Spunkies 21-9
Pool B
Delhi Divas bt Kochi Stars 21-11Pune Panthers bt Delhi Divas 17-16Kochi Stars bt Pune Panthers 21-12

All results, team lists, pools and schedule can be accessed on the FIBA 3×3 website.

About 3×3 Pro Basketball League (‘3BL’) Season 3

3BL is India’s only Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) backed 3×3 Pro Basketball League. The third season of the League is underway in Chandigarh, between 8-21 March 2022, and will take place over six two-day rounds.

Besides the chance to win each round, top teams also get the exclusive opportunity to compete at FIBA 3×3’s international circuit such as Challengers and World Tours.

‘3BL’ is an intellectual property of YKBK Enterprise Pvt. Ltd, under the leadership of Mr Rohit Bakshi (who is also the League Commissioner) and Mrs Prerna Sharma (3BL Director).

More information at www.3x3bl.com

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About 3×3 Basketball

Akin to the T20 version of cricket, 3×3 basketball is one of the fastest growing urban sports in the world. 

Compared to traditional 5×5:

  • 3×3 needs only a half-court and six players. 
  • It’s a 10-minute game. 
  • Highest score in 10 minutes or first team to score 21 points wins. 
  • Three-pointers are awarded two points, and two-pointers are awarded 1 point. 

3×3 is not only FIBA’s second official discipline but was played for the first time at the Tokyo 2021Olympics, and will also be included in the Commonwealth Games – Birmingham 2022, Asian Games 2022 and the Paris 2024 Olympics.
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