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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. 
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. 
Raptors win first DHA Inter-Club Ramadan Basketball Tournament
Abdul Jabbar FaisalRAWALPINDI: The inter-Club Ramadan Basketball Tournament concluded at DHA Sector E Basketball Courts, which was held under the banner of Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Rawalpindi in collaboration with the Federal Basketball Association (FBBA) from March 20-25, 2024.According to an official, as many as 12 teams participated in the tournament, which were divided into 4 groups. Top 2 teams of each group qualified for the quarterfinals. After quarterfinals, Wah Reapers, Raptors, United Kings, and Dynamites moved into the semifinals. United Kings beat Dynamites in a thrilling match by 4 points whereas Raptors beat Wah Reapers by 12 points.Final match was played between United Kings and Raptors, as it was nerve-jangling contest. Raptors overcame United Kings with the 2 points margin. The final score-line was 89-87 in the favour of Raptors. The winners received a glittering trophy and collected Rs. 50,000 cash prize of the first edition. United Kings pocketed Rs.30, 000 cash prize with a runners-up with trophy.Many distinguished guest were present at the venue to enjoy a beautiful game of basketball including Director Sports DHA Brig Salim Nawaz, Deputy Doctor Sports, Malik Mohammad Riaz, Col Shujaat Ali Rana, Major Saleem, Dr Ouj Zahoor, Azam Dar along with organisers Dr Rohail, Usman Awan, Owais Butt and sizeable spectators.Imtiaz Rafi Butt, Senior Vice President, Pakistan Basketball Federation graced the closing ceremony as a chief guest. He distributed the shields, trophies and Souvenirs among distinguished guests and teams in a wonderful prize distribution ceremony.
A three-day FIBA Referee Workshop commences in Islamabad
Mohammad Azam DarISLAMABAD: To improve the basketball standards and skills of the technical officials of basketball, the Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) took some significant steps, as the federation started a FIBA Referee workshop on Thursday aiming for the growth and development of basketball referees here at Pakistan Sports Complex.The Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) qualified referee Instructor, Abdul Karim Shakeb from Bahrain will conduct the 3-day workshop, who was appointed by FIBA Asia. Shakeb's extensive experience and knowledge are expected to be instrumental in enhancing the skills of local referees and officials.Prior to the main event, a National Referee Workshop was conducted at the same venue, the Sports Complex in Islamabad. Over 40 referees participated in this preparatory workshop, which aimed to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge for the upcoming FIBA Referee workshop.The National Referee Workshop received guidance and instruction from key figures in the basketball community. The Associate Secretary of the Pakistan Basketball Federation and FIBA Commissioner Ouj E Zahoor played a pivotal role in organizing and conducting the workshop, in collaboration with the National Referees Board.Secretary Referees Board Prof. Siraj Ul Haq Qureshi and members of the board former FIBA referee Yaqoob Qadry and Saadat Jehangir contributed their expertise by conducting training sessions during the National Referee Workshop. Their valuable insights and mentorship are expected to enrich the skills of the referees who will soon partake in the FIBA Referee workshop.This initiative by the Pakistan Basketball Federation not only emphasizes the commitment to improving the quality of officiating in basketball but also aims to strengthen Pakistan's presence on the international basketball stage. The FIBA Referee workshop is poised to be a significant step forward in achieving these objectives, as it equips local referees with the knowledge and skills necessary to officiate international basketball events effectively.
A two-day FIBA Basketball for Good program concludes in Multan
Sports Bulletin ReportMULTAN: A Two-day coaching workshop under the umbrella of International Basketball Federation "FIBA Basketball for Good program" concluded on Sunday, which was attended by a large number of players and coaches from all over Pakistan.According to a spokesman for the Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF), Mohammad Azam dar, the two-day workshop was organized under the supervision of Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF). Secretary General Khalid Bashir at Multan while Riaz Malik, the head coach of the national basketball team, along with other coaches Umer Mehmood, Saadat Jahangir, Mohammad Naveed delivered the lectures and demonstration on coaching skills, training, modern techniques, and basketball games in different sessions to the participants.One of the most important aspects of this FIBA Basketball for Good program was helping participants to understand the relationship between a coach and the players. At the end of the coaching workshop, certificates were distributed among the participants by Secretary General of Pakistan Basketball Federation Khalid Bashir along with Chief Executive of Lucky Beverages Chaudhry Sajjad Ali.
Basketball News: Pakistan Whites win Save Tomorrow 7 Basketball event
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Pakistan Whites have won the commemorative basketball event aiming to “Raise Drug Overdose Awareness” by defeating Pakistan Greens 56-54 points at Liaquat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad on Saturday.After a thrilling contest witnessed by fully crowded local audience, Dr. Youssef Filali Meknassi UNESCO Country Representative - Ambassador Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Andrea Ferrarese and Albana Ferrarese, KKAWF Christian von Frentz, Country head of USEFP Rita Brunn- Fullbright, Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) Associate Secretary Ouj E Zahoor, Pakistan basketball team coach Malik Mohammad Riaz amongst the other dignities were present during the event. Tomorrow 7 Sports event organized by the Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Foundation (KKAWF), in collaboration with the Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF), United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), and Serena Hotel Islamabad.This is the seventh event of its highly successful "Save Tomorrow" series of KKAWF's programme 'Sports is the Answer'. Save Tomorrow 7 showcase the best of national basketball team players. The event’s aim was to raise awareness of overdose and in reducing the stigma surrounding drug-related deaths, in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day. Save Tomorrow series of events', is a hope that brings together youth, communities, sports enthusiasts, diplomats and supporters to promote healthy living, remember those lost to drug overdose, and prevent future tragedies.Save Tomorrow 7 featured thrilling basketball matches between national teams, both male and female, showcasing the talent and sportsmanship of our athletes.  In the men’s match, Pakistan Greens emerged victorious against strong Pakistan white team by 56 points against 54. Mohammad Shiraz showcased his talent and determination, securing 19 points while Mehtab scored 16 points for the winning side.In a women’s match, Pakistan Army beat Islamabad by 30-21 points. Amna Mohsin scored 12, Zobia Bibi 6 and Imad Ahmed scored 4 points to play their vital role for team Army victory. The winning and runners-up teams were awarded prestigious trophies and all participating players received gold and silver medals.
Islamabad Timberwolves win Independence Day Basketball Match
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD:  Aug 15: Islamabad Timberwolves emerged victorious over their rivals Islamabad Rockets 52-49 in a thrilling basketball match of the Independence Day celebrations here at Hamidi Hall Pakistan Sports Complex.Ali Hamza Kazmi of the Timberwolves demonstrated remarkable skill and finesse on the court, leading his team as the top scorer with an impressive 19 points. He was followed by Raheel Gill, who contributed 9 points to the Timberwolves' victory. On the Rockets' side, Ramzee showcased his talent and determination, securing 12 points, with Ahmed putting forth a commendable performance as well, scoring 10 points. The match was officiated by a team of proficient referees Umer Mahmood, Yasir Ghaffor, and Farhan (Navy).  The distinguished gathering of sports enthusiasts and professionals witnessed Deputy Director General Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Shahid Islam, gracing the event as the chief guest while President of the Federal Basketball Association (FBBA) Ejaz Rafi Butt, was present as the guest of honor. Alongside them, the notable attendees included National Coach Riaz Malik, Rana Nasrullah, Fitness Expert from Pakistan Sports Board, Azam Dar, Director, Administration PBBF.Addressing the audience, General Secretary of FBBA, Ouj E Zahoor, extended a warm welcome to all the esteemed guests and participants. Their presence not only added gravity to the occasion but also highlighted the significance of promoting basketball as a popular sport in Pakistan.Culminating the event on a high note. This basketball match served as an exciting element of the Independence Day celebrations, which were organized collaboratively by the Pakistan Sports Board and the Pakistan Basketball Federation.
Basketball promotes under the leadership of Mohammad Iftikhar in Pakistan
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: A spokesman for the Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF), Mohammad Azam Dar, has stated that the elected body of PBBF is actively functioning under the leadership of President Brigadier (Retd) Mohammad Iftikhar Mansoor and Secretary General Khalid Bashir. The federation has successfully organized various national events in recent times. Pakistan basketball team recently participated in the 5 Nation Basketball Championship at Maldives and showed impressive performance under the flag of the same Pakistan Basketball Federation.During an interview, he emphasized that the current PBBF is duly affiliated with esteemed sports governing bodies, namely the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), and International Basketball Federation (FIBA). The federation has diligently organized national fixtures for both men and women at various levels, contributing significantly to the promotion of the sport across the country.Furthermore, he clarified that the elected body is also affiliated with FIBA (Asia) and holds associations with all major seven departments, provincial, and divisional basketball associations. Moreover, the federation's recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Government of Pakistan further validates its status as an esteemed member of the international basketball community.He also expressed concern about misleading information being disseminated to the public and sports enthusiasts regarding the status of PBBF. He assured that the federation continues to operate with transparency and dedication, aiming to foster the growth and development of basketball in Pakistan.
Women Basketball Tournament: Lions B wins title
Mohammad Azam Dar ISLAMABAD: Lycans B becomes champion after defeating Lycans A by 11-5 points in the final of Federal Cup 3x3 Women's Basketball Tournament, organisied by Federal Basketball Association (FBBA) here at Multipurpose Court F-6 Islamabad. According to the secretary of Federal Basketball Association Ouj E Zahoor, the purpose of organizing women's tournament along with men's events is to encourage female basketball players so they could get opportunities to show their skills as six teams were competed in the one-day event. Federal Basketball Association President Ijaz Butt was the chief guest of concluding ceremony who along with former coach Malik Riaz and FBBA Secretary Ouj E Zahoor distributed prizes among the players. In the final of the tournament, Lycans "B" defeated Lycans "A" by 11 points against 05 with support of Sana Mahmood scored 5 points and Asma Shehryar scored 4 points while Rehana Naz of Lycans A scored two points. Earlier in the semi-final round, Lycans "B" defeated AK "A" by 11-7 points, while Lycans A defeated AK B by 13-6 points. The matches of the event were supervised by Moazzam Naveed and Mohammad Mudassar.
Islamabad Basketball News: Bulls B defeat Generals to win Federal Cup
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: Bulls B have clinched the title of the Federal Cup 3x3 Basketball Tournament after defeating the powerful Generals in the final by 11-05 points at F-6 Multipurpose Court, which was held under the banner of Federal Basketball Association (FBBA).  President FBBA Mohammad Ijaz Butt graced the occasion as the chief guest of the closing ceremony while General Secretary FBBA Ouj E Zahoor, Pakistan Team Basketball Coach Malik, Mohammad Riaz, Mohammad Azam Dar, DDG (Facilities), PSB Ch Saeed Akhtar and other dignities were also present during the closing ceremony. In the decisive final Bulls B dominated throughout the match and never allowed their opponent to fight back for the tournament trophy. Zargham Khan scored 5 points and Irfan Hamid 3 points for winning, while Shumail Shukri scored 3 points for tem generals Earlier in the semi-final round, Generals defeated Timber Wolf (TW) B by 13-8 points and Bulls B defeated Raptors Reds by 13-6 points respectively. As many as 37 teams participated in the event which continued for four days.