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India's basketballers play for the future - Mar 14, 2006

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With an average age of 22, India's basketball team will be drawing on the exposure and experience in Melbourne, to help make the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi a success for their sport.
"We will get good experience against Australia and Nigeria – they are the best teams in our pool. We are hoping to win against Scotland though," said captain Trideep Rai.
The team, which has only two professional players in its ranks, has just finished a series in New Zealand.
"We had good exposure in New Zealand where we played against the New Zealand national team," commented Rai.
India failed to win any games in New Zealand, but came close in one match, with a narrow 10 point defeat.
The Indian women's team also warmed-up in New Zealand, losing their series 3-nil. They face the Australians, the Opals, on the opening night of the Basketball competition, 16 March.
The Commonwealth Games Basketball competition begins at the regional centres of Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Traralgon, before concluding in classification matches and finals at the Multi Purpose Venue (Melbourne Park).
By melbourne2006 Games News Service

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England takes the Bronze - Mar 24, 2006  
Gold medal game - a boost for the australian NBL - Mar 23, 2006  
Classification games - Barbados claimed 5th place - Mar 23, 2006  
Semifinals - Australia and New Zealand to play for the Gold! - Mar 22, 2006  
Classifications Games - Mar 21, 2006  
Stats leaders after the pool phase - Mar 20, 2006  
Day 5 results - End of the pool phase - Mar 20, 2006  
Day 4 results - Mar 19, 2006  
Day 3 results - Mar 18, 2006  
Day 2 results - Mar 17, 2006  
Day 1 results - Mar 16, 2006  
Games Schedule - Mar 14, 2006  
India's basketballers play for the future - Mar 14, 2006  

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Commonwealth Games Standings
 1. Australia 8-0 
 2. N.Zealand 7-1 
 3. U.Kingdom 6-2 
 4. Nigeria 5-3 
 5. Barbados 4-4 
 6. Scotland 3-5 
 7. S.Africa 2-6 
 8. India 1-7 
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