Nepal Basketball Association (NeBA) President Cup 3X3 National Basketball Tournament kicked off today with one of the biggest gathering of Nepali basketball players.
The two day event attracted 60 teams (48 in men’s category and 12 in women’s category) representing at least 14 colleges, 7 clubs and 1 government department (Army Club). The tournament also featured NeBA’s own, the under-16 teams.
Among other, at least 7 teams from different regions of Nepal outside the capital — Chitwan, Rupandehi, Dharan, Jhapa, Pokhara, Biratnagar and Kavre — also made their came along to the event. But sadly none of them progressed through to day 2 of the competition in either category.
The tournament also saw majority of the men’s national team players and at least 6 women’s national team players. Each team were only allowed one national team player, hence leveling the playing field.
Opening day of the tournament concluded with the completion of group phase of the tournament which included 16 group of 3 teams in the men’s category and 4 groups of same number of teams in the women’s category.
While most of the teams who have made it to day 2 of the competition represents big teams in the country, the biggest surprise so far has to be NeBA U-16 ‘B’ — 15 year olds competing against the big boys.
Among college teams in the men’s category, Times College is the only one who will play in the pre-quarter-final.
Men’s pre-quarter-finalists include, Goldengate ‘A’, Bhani Mandal ‘A’, Goldengate ‘B’, Times College, Golfutar, Army ‘B’, South Siders ‘C’, Nayabazaar ‘A’, Himalayan Hounds ‘A’, BMK, South Siders ‘A’, NeBA U-16 ‘B’, Goldengate ‘A’, South Siders ‘B’, Himalayan Hounds ‘B’ and Army ‘A’.
Meanwhile in the women’s category, Prime College (4 teams), Saipal Academy (2 teams) and Rato Bangla School and the Army Club got through to quarter-finals.
Day two of the tournament is said to begin at 8:00 am. Venue: Nepal Sports Council, Covered Hall, Tripureshwore.