Cuttack: Bangladesh setting a scorching pace and with a controlled approach started their campaign with a decisive 64-37 win over Maldives as the FIBA U 18 Asian Championship got off to a colorful start at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Cuttack.
The superiority of Bangladesh was seen in full measure right from the tip-off as they controlled the boards, found the gaps and with a shooting percentage hovering around 40 right through the match, the winner led 30-16 at the halfway stage.
Captain Emadul Hoque Piash and Md Manik Hasan along with Noor Shariar Ahmed combining well were able to capitalize on the defensive lapses of Maldivian team as they seized the initiative in the second quarter and never looked back thereafter.
Ahmed Lail Shifan and Md Ishaq Ahmed started well in the first quarter for Maldives but could not score in the second as the loser were able to score only 6 points in the quarter and with just 8 scored in the third, Maldives trailed 24-45 at the end of quarter 3.
Bangladesh tightened their defense and finding it difficult to enter the restricted area, Maldives players chanced their arm from long range and though got a few attempts finding the hoop from the 3 point area, they could never really take control as they faded away.
The final quarter saw the winner stretch the lead with counter attacks and fast breaks and it was only Ahmed Lail Shifan who could trouble the Bangladesh team as he was the sole player in his team to enter double digits.
Scores: Bangladesh 64 (Md Manik Hasan 23, Emadul Hoque 19 and Noor Shariar 10) beat Maldives 37 ( Ahmed Lail Shifan 14)
Earlier the Championship was inaugurated by Tusharkanti Behera, Minister of Sports Government of Odisha in the presence of Dilip Tirkey, Olympian, Abhijit Paul, Honorary Secretary, Odisha Olympic Association, Ajeet Singh Rathore Vice President Basketball Federation of India, Ashok Sahoo and Gyana Ranjan Parida , General Secretary and President of Odisha Basketball Association.