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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.

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. 

BASKETBALL - National 29 Mar, 2024

All Pakistan Ramadan Cup Basketball Tournament 2024
Pakistan Army, WAPDA, and Navy register victories on the opening dayISLAMABAD (PR): Pakistan Army, Lycans A, Wapda and Navy registered big wins on the first day pool round matches in the Women’s and Departmental categories of All Pakistan 3x3 Ramadan Cup Basketball Tournament here at outdoor basketball courts of Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad organized by Federal Basketball Association (FBBA).According to organizing secretary of the tournament Ouj E Zahoor, large numbers of basketball teams are participating in the four-day event played under floodlights with the support of the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).In Women’s category Pakistan Army with a brilliant game defeated AK White by 16-3 points. Army's Aamina Mohsin scored 6 and Aiman Riaz scored four points. In the second match, Lycans A won by 11-2 points against Lycans Juniors with the help of Farhna Naz's five points and Fariha Mushtaq's three points, while in the third match, Lycans B defeated AK Purple  

BASKETBALL - National 27 Mar, 2024

All Pakistan Ramadan Cup Basketball Tournament starts on March 28
Mohammad Azam Dar ISLAMABAD: Under the patronage of the Federal Basketball Association (FBBA), the All Pakistan 3x3 Ramadan Cup Basketball Tournament will kick off on Thursday (March 28) at Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad.According to Federal Basketball Association Secretary Ouj E Zahoor, a large number of basketball clubs and departments from around the country will participate in the event which will be played under floodlights.He said that the FBBA and the Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF), with the support of the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) have been at the forefront of nurturing and promoting basketball in the country. This tournament is a testament to their unwavering commitment to developing sports infrastructure and providing platforms for athletes to showcase their skills.“The tournament, spanning several days, will showcase the growing talent in three distinct categories including Men's Departmental Tournament, Club Tournament for men, and the Women's Tournament”, Ouj said, adding that the men's departmental tournament will see fierce competition among 12 teams from prestigious departments including Wapda, Army, Navy, and Police. Meanwhile, the Club Tournament is expected to be a grand affair with 48 teams from various cities across Pakistan competing for the top spot and women's tournament will feature 12 teams, highlighting the growing interest and participation of women in basketball. Ouj E Zahoor said that this year's 3x3 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.

BASKETBALL - National 08 Dec, 2023

PBBF to host Olympic Solidarity WABC Level-I Coaching Course
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE: Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) has announces to hold an Olympic Solidarity WABC Level-I Coaching Course from December 11 to 16, 2023 at Government College University, Lahore.According to Secretary General PBBF Khalid Bashir, FIBA Coaching Instructor, Milan Kotarac from Serbia is keen to lead a six-day coaching course under the banner of FIBA. The program aims to provide in-depth theoretical and practical insights to fifteen coaches, encompassing both male and female participants, during morning and evening sessions. Kotarac will be assisted by Ouj-e-Zahoor, Associate Secretary PBBF, Mohammad Sami, Course Coordinator and Mohammad Riaz Malik, Head Coach, Pakistan Basketball Team.Khalid Bashir highlighted the paramount importance of staying abreast of the latest rules in basketball, emphasizing the role of the coaching community in contributing to the growth of the sport in Pakistan. The FIBA Instructor is slated to cover the latest rules and update participants' knowledge in alignment with the guidelines issued by the international basketball governing body.This initiative reflects PBBF's commitment to empowering coaches with cutting-edge skills and techniques, ensuring they play a pivotal role in nurturing the next generation of basketball talent in the country. By providing this learning opportunity, the federation reaffirms its dedication to fostering excellence and innovation within the basketball coaching fraternity.

BASKETBALL - National 24 Nov, 2023

National Men’s Basketball Championship: WAPDA clinch trophy
WAPDA overcome Pakistan Army 73-70 in a nerve-jangling basketball finalMohammad Azam DarLAHORE: Pakistan Wapda emerged victorious in a nail-biting final against the Pakistan Army and clinched the title of the National Men’s Basketball Championship 2023 Trophy at Government College University Lahore on Friday. Pakistan WAPDS got rid of the Pakistan Army by 73-70.Both teams displayed exceptional skills and tenacity and fought until the final moments. Wapda, however, seized control in the last quarter, securing a thrilling 73-70 victory. Zainul Hassan of Wapda emerged as the hero of the day, contributing a stellar performance with 28 points, while teammates Mohammad Usman and Mohammad Zahid Arif added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Despite a valiant effort from Army, Wapda's dominance in the closing stages proved decisive. Tughlab Ammar led the scoring for Army with 24 points, followed by Shoaib Aslam with 19 points and Sheraz Aslam with 12 points. The officiating team of Umer Mehmood, Syed Adnan Ali, and Saadat Jehangir ensured a fair and competitive match.Earlier, in the third position play-off, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) secured a convincing 90-61 victory against Lahore, claiming the third position. The closely contested match saw PAF with a slight 38-37 lead at halftime. Mohammad Akhtar (24 points), Ahmed Jan (22 points), and Umair Jan (11 points) were the top scorers for PAF, while Saboor Mehdi (20 points), Ahmed Abbas (12 points), and Salman Rafiq (10 points) stood out for Lahore. Yaqoob Qadri, Syed Adnan Ali, and Ghulam Mohammad Memon officiated the match.Director General Sports Punjab Dr. Asif Tufail graced the closing ceremony as the chief guest, presenting the winning trophy to the captain of the Pakistan Wapda team. DIG Police Ghazi Mohammad Salahuddin and GCU Lahore Vice Chancellor Dr. Ahmed Adnan were the guests of honor, awarding the runner-up and third-position trophies to Pakistan Army, and PAF respectively.The event witnessed the presence of notable figures, including PBBF President Brig Mohammad Iftikhar Mansoor (R), Senior Vice President Imtiaz Rafi Butt, Secretary Khalid Bashir, National Coach Malik Mohammad Riaz, Prof Sirag ul Haq Qureshi, Din Mohammad, Waseem Akhtar, Shahid Mirza, Tajamal Riaz, and players and students of the university.

BASKETBALL - National 23 Nov, 2023

National Basketball Championship: Army to meet WAPDA in final
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE: Pakistan Army will face Pakistan Wapda in the final of the National Men’s Basketball Championship 2023, which will be played on Friday at Government College University Lahore. Both teams won the semifinals on Wednesday quite comfortably.  Army beat Lahore (84-58):In the first semifinal, Pakistan Army faced a formidable challenge from Lahore Division Basketball Team but emerged victorious with a scoreline of 84-58. At halftime, Army held a close lead of 38-23. Tughlab Ammar led the charge for Pakistan Army with an impressive 33 points, supported by Mohammad Shehbaz Ali (9 points) and Sheraz Aslam (9 points). Lahore's contributions came from Safi Khan (27 points), Ibtisam Murtaza (8 points), and Mohsin Mehtab (8 points). WAPDA beat PAF (80-51):The second semifinal witnessed Pakistan Wapda securing an impressive 80-51 victory over Pakistan Air Force. Leading 38-30 at halftime, Wapda showcased outstanding basketball skills, with Zainul Hassan (28 points), Mohammad Zahid Arif (16 points), and Mohammad Usman (15 points) steering their team to success. For Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Umair Jan scored 23 points, with Mohammad Akhter contributing 8 points and Ahmed Jan securing 7 points.A sizable crowd, including spectators such as Shahid Mirza, Tajamal Riaz, Umer Sardar, Mateen Akmal, Director of Sports at GCU Waseem Akhtar, PBBF Secretary General Khalid Bashir, Mohammad Azam Dar, and students of GC University, witnessed the thrilling matches officiated by referees Ghulam Mohammad Memon, Mohammad Alam, Gul Jamal, Umer Mohammad, Syed Adnan Ali, and Saadat Jehangir.

BASKETBALL - National 22 Nov, 2023

National Men's Basketball: Army, Lahore, PAF, WAPDA reach in semis
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE: Pakistan Army will take on Lahore in the first semifinal while PAF will vie against Wapda in the second semifinal of the National Men's Basketball Championship 2023 at Government College University (GCU) Lahore on Thursday.Army beat POF (93-48): In the first match of the day on Wednesday, Pakistan Army defeated Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF) by 93-48. At half time, Army team was leading with a score of 54/30. The top contributors from Army were Imad (18 points), Mohammad Usman (14 points) and Tughlab (11 points). For team POF, Izharullah (18 points), Tayyab (13 points) and Mohammad Farooq (10 points) played well. The match was supervised by referees Gul Jamal, Naveed Ahmed Beeda and Adeel S Raza.PAF beat Faisalabad (111-62): The second match of the day saw Pakistan Air Force (PAF) outclassing Faisalabad by 111-62. At the half time, PAF had a huge lead of 51-19. The top scorers for PAF were Mehtab (23 points), Mohammad Akhtar (18 points) and Mohammad Zuhair (12 points). For Faisalabad, Gul Baaz (15 points), Usman Talib (15 points) and Faheem Sattar (9 points) contributed well. The match was supervised by referees Ghulam Mohammad, Mohammad Muddassar and Muazzam Naveed. WAPDA beat Lahore (77-62): The third contest of the day proved a thrilling encounter, where Pakistan WAPDA faced tough resistance from Lahore Division Basketball Team before winning the nail-biting clash 77-62. At half time, the score was 36-25 in favour of Wapda. The top contributors from Wapda were Mohammad Usman (26 points), Zain-ul-Hassan (20 points) and Amir Farooq (11 points). For team Lahore, Saboor Mehdi (16 points), Safi Khan (15 points) and Ahmed Abbas (14 points). The match was supervised by referees Syed Adnan Ali Shah, Umer Mehmood and Gul Jamal.Islamabad beat Pakistan Navy (62-54): The fourth match was won by Islamabad Basketball Team, who defeated Pakistan Navy by 62-54. At half time, Islamabad had a slight lead of 32-29. For team Islamabad, the top scorers were Ali Kazimi (22 points), Farhan Qayyum (17 points) and Haris Siddiqui (8 points). For Pakistan Navy, Zaiur Rehman (19 points), Babur Manan (10 points) and Mohammad Adnan (8 points). The match was supervised by referees Adeel S Raza, Ghulam Mohammad and Saadat Jehangir. Thursday’s Fixtures: 1st Semifinal: Army vs Lahore at 11:00 am  2nd Semifinal: PAF Vs Wapda at 12:30 pm. 

BASKETBALL - National 15 Nov, 2023

Lahore to host National Men’s Basketball Championship 2023
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE: The National Men’s Basketball Championship 2023 will be held from November 20 to 24 at the Government College University Lahore under the banner of the Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF).According to the Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) Secretary General Khalid Bashir, top eight teams from around the country will be in action in the national men's basketball championship organised by Punjab Basketball Association, as all arrangements have been given final touches for the successful five-day national basketball fixture.“Top eight teams have been divided into two groups as Pool "A" comprises defending champion Pakistan Army, Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Faisalabad while WAPDA, Lahore, Pakistan Navy, and Islamabad are included in Pool "B". Four matches will be played every day during pool round matches in the championship as well as the top two teams of each group will qualify for the knockout round. The semi-finals will be played on November 23rd while the final of the championship will be played on November 24th”.The opening match of the championship starting from November 20th will be played between the defending champion Pakistan Army and Faisalabad, while Wapda and Islamabad, POF and PAF, Lahore and Navy will compete on the first day of the event.Schedule:Nov 20 (Day-1): Army vs Faisalabad; Wapda vs Islamabad; POF vs PAF; Lahore vs Navy.Nov 21 (Day-2): Army vs PAF; Navy Vs Wapda; Faisalabad Vs POF, Islamabad vs Lahore.Nov 22 (Day-3): POF vs Army; Faisalabad Vs PAF; Wapda Vs Lahore, Navy vs Islamabad.   Nov 23 (Day-4): Semi FinalsNov 24 (Day-5): Final 

BASKETBALL - National 26 Oct, 2023

Lahore clinches Inter-Division Basketball: Lahore lift title
Sports Bulletin ReportISLAMABAD: Lahore Division basketball team outplayed Islamabad by 100-59 in the final of the Inter-Division National Basketball Championship 2023 to win the title at Liaquat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad. Military Attaché of the Embassy of Russia in Pakistan Col Surgey A Tyurin was the chief guest of the closing ceremony.The winners showed their aggregation in the whole match and garbed the final in a single-sided affair. Lahore spikers took the lead of 20 points till the half time of the decisive final by 52-32 points. Safiullah and Taimur Mehdi scored 21 and 14 points respectively for Lahore while from the Islamabad side Ashrab Butt scored 25 and Bakhtawar scored 7 points respectively. In the third position match, Faisalabad beat Peshawar by 55-43 points.