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Defeating China is India's biggest achievement in 5th FIBA Asia Cup Basketball championship
Though, India might have crashed out of the 5th FIBA Asia Cup Basketball championship in China, but not before taking the world by storm. After a gap of around 26 years, India reached the quarter-finals, where they lost to Philippines after putting up a brave fight with the score reading, 66-70. ''India lost against a strong Philippines team, but only by four points. It is a great achievement to have come so far,'' said Ajmer Singh, former Indian player of the 1980 Olympics Basketball team.
But, more than the team reaching the quarter-finals, it was India's victory against China, which made people sit up and take notice. ''Defeating China is always a big thing, as they are considered to be the biggest powerhouse in Asian basketball,'' said Hanuman Singh, another Olympian. What makes the victory over China even more special is that they defeated the Chinese on their home turf. 

Echoing on the same lines, Ajmer Singh said, ''Defeating China, when they had all the home advantage was a big thing for India. They defeated China when they were playing in China itself, where the Chinese were very vocal in supporting their national team.'' It is for the first time that India defeated China in a game of basketball.

Ajmer has further hopes from the Indian contingent and said, ''If you can defeat a team like China, then you can for sure defeat any Asian team. The team's morale should be high after defeating China.''

But, one also needs to praise the Indian team and their preparations for the competition. India has never been a powerhouse in basketball, hence they had to sweat day in and out to attain the level of those teams in the competition. ''The boys put in a lot of effort, where a number fo training camps were also arranged and in between played some practise matches and some tournaments,'' said Ajay Sud, Secretary General, Basketball Federation of India.

He further added, ''This performance will boost the morale of the juniour players.'' But, the Indian team needs to continue with similar performances if they are to earn a good name in Asian basketball. With regular training and basketball on the upsurge, these are good things for Indian basketball.

'' There are plenty of improvement signs, but in order to improve the standards of Indian basketball more, the Federation needs to have some kind of Basketball Super leagues as well,like what is present in badminton, hockey and cricket,'' said Hanuman Singh.

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