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BASKETBALL - National 02 Jun, 2024

Mohammad Majid-Abdul Nasir Memorial Tournament concludes
Pakistan WAPDA overcome Pakistan Air Force 68-67 in a nerve-jangling finalAbdul Jabbar FaisalKARACHI: Pakistan Wapda overcame Pakistan Air Force (PAF) with the margin of solitary point 68-67 in the final of the All Pakistan Mohammad Majid-Abdul Nasir Memorial Basketball Tournament, which concluded on Sunday at Siddique Memon Sports Complex Karachi.In the final, both teams displayed exceptional skills, tenacity, and battle till the final whistle. Wapda, however, did well in the last quarter, securing a thrilling 68-67 points victory. Zainul Hassan of Wapda was the hero of the final, producing a sparking performance with 34 points, while his teammate Mohammad Israr added 10 points. Despite a valiant effort from PAF, Wapda’s dominance in the closing stages proved decisive. Umair Jan led the scoring for PAF with 26 points, followed by Umair Siddiqui with 12 points.Managing Director of United Medical and Dental College Dr. Bilal Faiz was the chief guest of the concluding ceremony, who presented the winning trophy to the captain of the Pakistan Wapda team. Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) Secretary General Khalid Bashir, Karachi Basketball Association (KBBA) President Mohammad Yaqoob, Tournament chief organizer Dr. Umer Daraz Khan, PBBF Associate Secretary Yaqoob Qadry, and the other dignitaries were also present on this occasion.Earlier In the third position match, Punjab Rangers secured a convincing 72-61 points victory against Islamabad. It is important to mention that Mohammad Majid and Abdul Nasir represented Pakistan in basketball. They served the basketball as the players and officials at national and international levels.

BASKETBALL - National 31 May, 2024

All Pakistan Basketball: Islamabad, Rangers march in Semifinals
Sports Bulletin ReportKARACHI: Islamabad and Punjab Rangers have confirmed their berths in the semifinals of the ongoing All Pakistan Mohammad Majid and Abdul Nasir Memorial Basketball Tournament at Siddique Memon Sports Complex Karachi, which is being played under the umbrella of Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF).On the fourth day of the pool round matches, Islamabad boys continued their journey of another consecutive victory in the tournament pool round matches by defeating Sindh Yellow by 52-14 points to qualify for the semifinal round. Ali Kazmi was the top player for Islamabad, who scored 19 points while Momin Javed scored 15 points. For Sindh Yellow Daniyal Khan scored 08 points for the losing team.Top team Wapda also continued their outstanding performance to move ahead in top-four stage along with PAF, Rangers and Islamabad, as they thrashed Punjab Rangers in the last pool round match by 82-71 points. Kaleemullah and Mohammad Israr scored 22 and 17 points respectively. Sindh Whites outclassed Balochistan in the third match on day four by 87-46 points.Pakistan Wapda will face Islamabad in the first semifinal which will be held on Saturday while Pakistan Air Force will fight against Punjab Rangers in the second semifinal of the memorial tournament.

BASKETBALL - National 30 May, 2024

All Pakistan Mohammad Majid-Abdul Nasir Memorial Basketball
PAF, and WAPDA reach semifinals after beating Police and Sindh Greens respectivelySports Bulletin ReportKARACHI: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Pakistan Wapda continued their winning journey by beating their opponents and reached in the semifinal round of the ongoing All-Pakistan Muhammad Majid and Abdul Nasir Memorial Basketball Tournament here at Siddique Memon Sports Complex on Thursday.On the third day of the six-day event, PAF showed some aggressive game against the Police to win the third consecutive victory by 75-40 points. PAF’s Mehtab Akram scored 18 points and Mohammad Akhtar scored 14 points. In the second match, Balochistan faced another defeat against Sindh Greens by 43 points to 85 points. Taimour Zaheer and Rana Athar of Sindh Greens scored 15, 15 points respectively.In the third match, Punjab Rangers defeated Sindh Whites by 81 points to 56 points. Mohammad Mudassar scored 26 points and Fakhar Akram scored 16 points and played a vital role in Rangers’ victory. In the fourth match, Wapda also won their third consecutive victory against Sindh Greens by 91-50 points.

BASKETBALL - National 28 May, 2024

Basketball: WAPDA, PAF, Rangers, Sindh Greens claim wins
Sports Bulletin ReportKARACHI: Pakistan Wapda, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Rangers, Sindh Greens have won their matches in the first round of the All-Pakistan Mohammad Majid-Abdul Nasir Memorial Basketball Tournament here at Siddique Memon Sports Complex on Tuesday.Mayor Karachi Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui inaugurated the 6-team fixture while Associate Secretary of Pakistan Basketball Federation Mohammad Yaqoob Qadry and other personalities were also present on the occasion. On the first day of the event, Pakistan Wapda after a one-sided competition defeated Sindh Whites by 74 points against 36 points. In the second match, Pakistan Rangers defeated Balochistan by 74-40 points while Sindh Greens defeated Sindh Whites by 84-53 points. In the fourth match, Pakistan Air Force defeated Islamabad by 75 points against 43 while Police defeated Sindh Yellow by 62-32 points.

BASKETBALL - National 27 May, 2024

Mohammad Majid-Abdul Nasir Memorial Basketball Tournament
Sports Bulletin ReportKARACHI: All Pakistan Mohammad Majid-Abdul Nasir Memorial Basketball Tournament will start on Tuesday (May 28, 2024) here at the Siddique Memon Sports Complex under the control of the Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF).According to Associate Secretary PBBF, and Tournament Director Mohammad Yaqoob Qadry, the teams of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), WAPDA, Police, Rangers, Islamabad, Sindh Green, Balochistan, and Sindh White will compete in the six-day event to be concluded on June 02.Mayor Karachi Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui will inaugurate the event while Governor Sindh Kamran Khan Tessori will be the chief guest of the closing ceremony of the tournament, and will distribute prizes among the players. Four matches will be played daily, as the semifinals will be played on June 1, while the final on June 2, 2024.

BASKETBALL - National 19 May, 2024

PBBF suspends office bearer of KBBA Ghulam Mohammad Khan
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) has suspended the office bearer of the Karachi Basketball Association (KBBA) Ghulam Mohammad Khan on the grounds of regulatory violations and misconduct, and recommended Senior Vice President Mohammad Yaqoob as his interim successor.According to a spokesman for PBBF, this decision was taken in the General Council Meeting of the PBBF, which took place here at a local hotel on Sunday. The meeting saw the suspension of Ghulam Mohammad Khan, President of the Karachi Basketball Association (KBBA). Amidst this central decision, the PBBF council also formed a Scrutiny Committee, as the committee was given the task of assessing the clubs in Karachi, aiming to pave the way for transparent elections within the next 90 days for KBBA, followed by elections for the Sindh Basketball Association.Further disciplinary actions were imposed on two KBBA officials, Zafar Iqbal and Zain Ul Abideen, who faced a three-year ban and a fine for severe misconduct and inappropriate behavior during the Divisional Basketball Championship Grade B in Quetta. Usman Paracha from Khanewal was banned for falsely representing PBBF and misconduct.Three players from MEPCO, a subsidiary of WAPDA, were banned and fined for illegitimately representing themselves as part of the Multan Division Basketball Association during the All-Punjab SONA Basketball Tournament in Rahim Yar Khan. Similarly, a player from LESCO, also a subsidiary of WAPDA was fined for using abusive language and misconduct during the recent WAPDA Inter Unit Basketball Tournament.Additional fines were levied on one player from Rawalpindi, two players from POF WAH and one player from another LESCO (subsidiary of WAPDA) for multiple violations of the PBBF’s transfer policy. Another player from the Rangers was also fined and banned for similar breaches.These five players are directed to submit affidavits affirming their commitment to not repeating such violations, with the stern warning that further infractions could lead to lifetime bans. Their current bans are conditional, to be lifted upon the payment of their respective fines.These actions underscore the PBBF’s firm commitment to enforcing strict standards and ensuring that basketball within Pakistan is governed by the principles of fairness and respect.PBBF also finalized the Calander of Activities & the implementation of Developmental programs for Players, coaches, Referees and statisticians in view of the upcoming South Asian Games in Pakistan. 
Timber Wolves lift All Pakistan Ramadan Cup Basketball Title
ISLAMABAD (Press Release): Timber Wolves Islamabad defeated YMCA Lahore in a decisive battle to win the club category final of the All Pakistan 3x3 Ramadan Cup Basketball Tournament here at Pakistan Sports Complex.In the final of the club category of the six-day tournament organized by the Federal Basketball Association, YMCA Lahore dominated in the final till mid of the match with 10-6 points but Ali Hamza Kazmi showed some impressive performances in the last two minutes to help six consecutive points for Timber Wolves team and changed the game in their favour and won the final with 18 points against 14.Ali Hamza Kazmi scored 14 points and Sher Shehzad scored four points for the winning side while Khalid Saadi scored seven points and Muhammad Salman scored five points for YMCA.President Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF), Brigadier (Rtd) Mohammad Iftikhar Mansoor who was the chief guest of the closing ceremony appreciated the efforts of the tournament organizing secretary Ouj E Zahoor and all other members for providing the best arrangements for this tournament and said that Pakistan Basketball Federation will continue their efforts to promote basketball in the country specially to organize such events in the future as well so that the youth get an opportunity to show the essence of their abilities.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, Mohammad Azam Dar and other dignitaries were also attended the closing ceremony.Earlier In the semifinals round of the club tournament, Timber Wolves thrashed Bulls A by 18-11 points and YMCA beat Reapers Red by 20-12 points. 

BASKETBALL - National 02 Apr, 2024

Ramadan Cup Basketball: Pakistan Army, WAPDA win titles
Mohammad Azam DarISLAMABAD: 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.
Ramadan Cup: Timber Wolves, YMCA, Bulls A reach in semifinals
ISLAMABAD (PR): Timber Wolves, YMCA, Bulls A, and Reapers Red reached the last-four stage in the Club category of the All Pakistan 3x3 Ramadan Cup Basketball Tournament here at the Outdoor Basketball courts of Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad.According to tournament organizing secretary Ouj E Zahoor, Under the supervision of the Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) with the support of the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) 48 clubs are taking part in the club category of the tournament organised by the Federal Basketball Association (FBBA) in three different categories. In the club category quarterfinal round, Timber Wolves outclassed Mustang club by 21-12 points in a one sided match. Ali Kazmi scored 12 and Mohammad Osama scored 6 points for the winning side.YMCA thrashed United Kings in the second quarterfinal as YMCA commanded the match all the time with 21-15 points which they maintained their lead till the end. Mohammad Hamza scored 8 while Hammad Ali scored 6 points for YMCA.  In the third quarter final Bulls A beat Bulls B by 17-14 points while Reapers Red thrashed Raptors White 20-8 points to enter into the last four stage in the club category. 

BASKETBALL - National 30 Mar, 2024

Army, Wapda enter into semi-finals of Ramadan Cup Basketball
ISLAMABAD (PR): Pakistan Army and Wapda moved into the semi-finals in the Departmental category of All Pakistan 3x3 Ramadan Cup Basketball Tournament here at outdoor basketball courts of Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad organized by Federal Basketball Association (FBBA).Army Greens, who are having the services of some young players, recorded victory against the Navy by 21-8 points and qualified for the semi-final round. Army's Shiraz Aslam scored nine points while Muhammad Usman scored six points. In the second quarterfinal match Wapda (A) overpowered Police Greens in another one-sided game by 22-10 points. Zain ul Hasan scored 10 points and Ali Raza scored 7 points for Wapda A. In the third quarter final, Wapda Greens defeated Police Blues by 22-9 points while Army (A) won against Wapda Red by 21-17 points.In the women's category quarter-final matches, Army players were far better against AK Club  weared blue shirts leading 9 points as the match was concluded with 17-8 points. Army player Aamina Mohsin scored 10 and Aiman Riaz scored 5 points. In the second quarter-final, Lions C defeated Night Blues by 4-13 points. Madiha Nawaz scored six points while Maria Khan scored five points in the match. In the second quarter-final, Lycans C defeated Knight Blues by 13-4 points. Madiha Nawaz scored six points while Maria Khan scored five points in the match while Lycans A defeated Lycans D by 16-5 points and Lycans B defeated AK White by 5-0 points in the quarter-final matches.Wapda Greens will face Pakistan Army A while Wapda A will face Army Greens in the departmental category semifinal round of the tournament.