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Ramadan Cup Basketball: Pakistan Army, WAPDA win titles
Ramadan Cup Basketball: Pakistan Army, WAPDA win titles

Mohammad Azam Dar

ISLAMABAD: Unbeatable Pakistan Army and WAPDA A emerged victorious in Women’s and Men’s departmental categories respectively of the All Pakistan 3x3 Ramadan Cup Basketball Tournament, which concluded here at Pakistan Sports Complex on Monday night.

In Men’s departmental final, Pakistan WAPDA A were too strong against WAPDA B continued their good show in the tournament, and thrashed their opponent by 21-10 points. Wapda ace players Kaleemullah and Zain-ul-Hasan again led the winning side by scoring 9 and 7 points respectively while Amir Farooq scored 6 points.

Army girls displayed exceptional skills and tenacity, battling until the end of the match by securing women’s title by 12-5 points. Aamina Mohsin of Army emerged as the player of the night, contributing a stellar performance with 8 points along with Hadiya added 3 points while Mahrukh Ali scored 3 points for Lycans A.

Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) President Brig (R ) Mohammad Iftikhar Mansoor was the chief guest of the concluding ceremony, who presenting the winning trophies and cash rewards to the winning teams while Deputy Director General Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Mohammad Saeed Akhtar, Pakistan Basketball Federation Associate Secretary and organizing committee secretary Ouj E Zahoor, President Federal basketball Association Ejaz Rafi Butt, PBBF Chairman selection Committee Col. (R) Shujaat Ali Rana, National Coach Malik Mohammad Riaz, and other dignitaries were also present in the concluding ceremony.

Earlier In the semifinal round of the tournament, Wapda A secured victory against Army A by 18-16 points and Wapda B against Army C by 21-19 points in departmental category while Army beat Lycans C by 12-11 points and Lycans A beat Lycans B by 10-5 points in women’s category.

The 3x3 All Pakistan Ramadan Cup is more than just a tournament; it's a celebration of basketball and its rapidly growing format, 3x3, which has been gaining international acclaim and popularity. The event is set to provide a significant boost to the sport's visibility and interest among the youth and sports enthusiasts across Pakistan.