Jr. NBA Global Championship: Indian boys edge out Latin America; Indian girls lose

Facing Latin America, the Indian boys team clinched a 73-67 win but the girls lost in a 21-54 result on the opening day of Jr. NBA Global Championship.

The Indian girls team got off to a bad start as they lost to Latin America.   -  NBA

The Indian boys team defeated the Latin America boys 73-67, while the Indian girls lost to the Latin American girls 21-54 as the second Jr. NBA Global Championship tipped off at the at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Tuesday.

Pooled alongside teams from Latin American, Africa, and Europe & Middle-East, the Indian boys took to the court first.

Going up against the boys from Latin America, it was a tough battle for India, which required an overtime period but the Indian team eventually came out on top. By outscoring their counterparts 14-8 in the extra four minutes, the boys clinched a 73-67 win.

Dagar finished with an all-round stat line with seven steals, six rebounds and three assists to go along with his 26 points. On the other hand, Lokendra Singh ensured his 28 points were efficient, making nine of his 16 shot attempts, while also recording eight rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks.

Apart from the high-scoring guard duo, other key contributors in the win were Kushal Singh (11 points, seven rebounds, and four steals) and Janmejay Singh (nine rebounds, three points, and three blocks).

The Indian boys registered 16 steals, in comparison to six by their opponents, which played a huge role in the Latin America squad recording 22 turnovers to India's 12.

For the girls, Muskan Singh top-scored with 13 points and Manmeet Kaur pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds but they came up short against Latin America, losing 21-54.

The Indian boys have a two-game slate ahead of them on day 2 as they compete against Africa, and later take on the team from Europe & the Middle East.

The girls will go up against the Africa and then take the court against Europe & Middle East.