Mumbai Challengers capped off a dominant season by emerging as the champions of UBA Season 4 by eliminating Bengaluru Beast in the second gameof the championship series finals with a 118-105 win.Mumbai arrived at the finals after finishing the league stages with a league-best 5-1 record and sweeping Punjab Steelers in semi-finals series.The best of three finals series was decided in two games as Mumbai swept Bengaluru behind their fiery firepower. The UBA Season 4 championship series is being played at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Goa from 10-16 March, 2017. The best players in the league will participate in the very first UBA All-Star game on 16th March at 7:00 PM as the top players from North Division take on the best from South Division. Bengaluru started with a lineup of Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91), Palpreet Brar, Raghuram, Pratham Singh (189-G/F-91) and Visu Palani. They faced Mumbai's starting lineup of Jagdeep Bains, Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon), Inderbir Gill, Nikhil and Jimmy Scroggins, college: Regina). Solomon was 1 of 10 from three point range in the first game, and he started the second game by taking the ball inside with a sense of purpose for high percentage looks. Mumbai led 17-11 halfway into the first quarter and pushed it to 25-13 in a couple of minutes behind consecutive threes from Scales. Mumbai led Bengaluru 30-23 at the end of the first quarter. Mumbai were led by 10 points from Inderbir. The supporting cast stepped up for Bengaluru in the first as Visu led them with 8 points. Bengaluru came out strong in the second quarter as they charged into the paint hunting for good looks up close. Riding Palpreet's inside presence, Bengaluru cut Mumbai's lead to 39-33 forcing them to call a timeout after two minutes in the second quarter. Scales had a thunderous one-hand dunk to spark Mumbai into extending their lead to 50-38 about halfway into the second quarter. Bengaluru knew what was at stake and played like it by aggressively working hard for every point even though Mumbai maintained the lead as they were up 58-51 over Bengaluru at halftime. Mumbai had four players in double figures at halftime as Jagdeep, Alex, Inderbir and Jimmy combined for 56 points at halftime. Bengaluru had 14 turnovers off which Mumbai scored 17 points in the first half. Inderbir started the second half by getting right to the line on multiple possessions as Mumbai kept Bengaluru at bay in the opening minutes. Scroggins picked up his fourth foul and headed to the bench as Bengaluru looked to make a run. Scales wasn't to be denied as he continued his hot shooting from downtown. Bengaluru cut the lead to 76-68 halfway in the third quarter as they looked to force a third game in the series. Palpreet came alive in the third as he took it upon himself to score 17 points in the third quarter alone to keep Bengaluru alive. At the end of the third quarter, Mumbai led Bengaluru 90-81. Scales heated up in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as he pushed Mumbai's lead to 100-83 with 7:40 left in the game. While Bengaluru battled valiantly to attempt to chip away at the lead, Mumbai's firepower engulfed everything Bengaluru threw at them. They jumped out to a double digit lead in the fourth and maintained their lead as the clock wound down. Mumbai were able to hold on for a 118-105 win over Bengaluru Beast in the second game of UBA Championship finals series to emerge as champions. Courtesy of: ubaindia.com
Indian UBA All-Star Game 2017 Rosters - 4 days ago
South Division All-Star Team Boskailo Bhriguvanshi Shinde Pethani Newton 1 Agu Chukwunanu of Chennai Slam 12 Palpreet Brar of Bengaluru Beast 21 Mak Boskailo (206-F) of Hydrabad Sky 25 Narender Grewal of Pune Peshwas 53 Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) of Bengaluru Beast 2 Mahesh Padmanabhan of Hydrabad Sky 3 Chris Solomon (191-G-90) of Bengaluru Beast 4 Ramesh Kumar of Delhi Capitals 8 Tevin Kelly of Hydrabad Sky 15 Siddhant Shinde (180-PG-91) of Pune Peshwas 36 Rikin Pe... [read more]
First UBA All-Star Game a flamboyant dunk-fest, delighting a sellout crowd as North Division All-Stars defeat South Division All-Stars - 4 days ago
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The UBA Season 4 wound up to a close with a bang with the very first UBA All-Star Game as the North Division All-Stars took on the South Division All-Stars in an exhibition contest. The match was a barn burner from start to finish as the superstars put on an exhibition unlike any seen in India. Slam Dunks were aplenty on both ends as the players gave the crowd plenty to roar for. After a season which saw the teams battle each other with fierce competitiveness, the All-Star Game was the pe... [read more]
The UBA Season 4 wound up to a close with a bang with the very first UBA All-Star Game as the North Division All-Stars took on the South Division All-Stars in an exhibition contest. The match was a barn burner from start to finish as the superstars put on an exhibition unlike any seen in India. Slam Dunks were aplenty on both ends as the players gave the crowd plenty to roar for. After a season which saw the teams battle each other with fierce competitiveness, the All-Star Game was the perfect way to cap off the season as players from different teams came together to elevate the game higher and entertain the crowd. In the end, North Division All-Stars came out on top by besting South Division All-Stars 163-155. The North Division All-Stars started with a lineup of Ronald March (196-G-93, college: Philander Smith), Jagdeep Bains, Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon), De'Sean Mattox (185-G, college: E.Oregon) and Dermaine Crockrell (185-G-89, college: Bemidji St.). The South Division All-Stars fielded a lineup of Agu, Palpreet Brar, Mak Boskailo (206-F, college: Harding), Narender Grewal and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi. An All-Star game is meant to be an exhibition of the players' skills and they didn't disappoint as they threw down thunderous dunks and high-flying alley-oops which raised the roof throughout the contest. The first few seconds set the tone for the game as Vishesh lobbed an alley-oop to Mak right after tip-off. It wasn't long before all the players were flying across the court with smiles on their faces as they put on a show. The high fliers lived above the rim and the ground bound players put on a dribbling exhibition. At the end of the first quarter, South Division All Stars held a 48-35 lead over North Division All-Stars. South Division All-Stars were led by 13 points from Tevin Kelly, 8 from Mak Boskailo, and 6 each from Narender Grewal and Siddhant Shinde. North Division All-Stars were led by 8 points from Ronald March and 6 points from De'Sean Mattox. The second quarter gave the crowd more of the same as the players speeded the game up even more. By the end of the first half North Division All-Stars led South Division All-Stars 80-79. At halftime, the talented rapper Raftaar entertained the sellout crowd. After which the world renowned artist Vilas Nayak painted a masterpiece of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the delight of the crowd. In the third quarter, Ronald March began to separate himself from the rest of the performers with his high-flying dunks as he soared into the air time and time again for powerful dunks. At the end of the third quarter, South Division All-Stars led North Division All-Stars 124-114. Dermaine Crockrell had a number of crowd pleasing dunks as well. The fourth quarter saw more of the same as the teams battled it out with the clock winding down. In the final minute, UBA CEO and Chairman Tommy Fisher subbed in for a couple of possessions, displaying his true passion for the sport. India's legendary sharpshooter Ram Kumar (now coach of Pune Peshwas) also got a pass on the sidelines as he put up a shot from distance. At the end of the contest, three players finished with over 40 points. The North Division All-Stars put on a strong run in the final minutes as they pulled away to defeat South Division All-Stars 163-155. North Division All-Stars were led by 47 points from Ronald March who put on a dunking clinic and took home the international player of the game honors. All the Indian players were awarded the Indian player of the game honors in this unique expression of the beauty of basketball. Courtesy of: ubaindia.com
UBA's first Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point-Competitions come down to the wire - 6 days ago
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It would have been a clean sweep for Hyderabad Sky during the UBA's very first Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Competition held on 15th March, 2017. The show was telecast on Ten Sports Network on 16th March at 6:30 PM. The 3-point shootout was won by Mahesh Padmanabhan of Hyderabad Sky as he outshot Jairam Jat and Agu, both of Chennai Slam, in the final round. He took home $1000 as his prize. His teammate Mak Boskailo (206-F, college: Harding) tied with Ronald March (196-G-93, college: Phil... [read more]
It would have been a clean sweep for Hyderabad Sky during the UBA's very first Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Competition held on 15th March, 2017. The show was telecast on Ten Sports Network on 16th March at 6:30 PM. The 3-point shootout was won by Mahesh Padmanabhan of Hyderabad Sky as he outshot Jairam Jat and Agu, both of Chennai Slam, in the final round. He took home $1000 as his prize. His teammate Mak Boskailo (206-F, college: Harding) tied with Ronald March (196-G-93, college: Philander Smith) of Delhi Capitals in the final round of the Slam Dunk Contest as both Mak and Ronald won $1000 each as the prize.Each team wasn't represented by participants as the selection was based on choosing the best players in the league for the respective events. The three point shootout was a closely contested affair with the shooters playing string music on the net. Each player shot from five racks containing five balls each, with each make counting for one point and the last ball in each rack counting as a money ball for two points. The players had 60 seconds to go through the racks. Here's a look at how close the first round was: Ram Kumar (Pune Peshwas head coach)- 10 points Ady Biswas (Punjab Steelers head coach)- 6 points Tommy Fisher (UBA India Chairman and CEO)- 8 points Pierre Newton (196-G-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) (Pune Peshwas player)- 10 points Mahesh Padmanabhan (Hyderabad Sky player)- 19 points De'Sean Mattox (Haryana Gold player)- 12 points Jairam Jat (Chennai Slam player)- 15 points Ram Kumar (Chennai Slam player)- 9 points Agu (Chennai Slam player)- 14 points Mahesh, Jairam and Agu moved to the final round where Mahesh took home the honors with his remarkably consistent sharpshooting. Agu finished with The Slam Dunk Contest was judged by Tommy Fisher, commentator Shaun Golden and Haryana Gold player Eban Hyams. Here's a look at the participants: Dermaine Crockrell (185-G-89, college: Bemidji St.) (Punjab Steelers) Mak Boskailo (Hyderabad Sky) Tevin Kelly (Hyderabad Sky) Ronald March (Delhi Capitals) Kaif Zia (Bengaluru Beast) Mak and Ronald moved on to the final round with some dominant dunks which brought the house down. They both had 53 points each in the first round. Mak had the some of the best dunks of the evening as he elevated from just a step inside the free throw line for a cradle dunk and slammed home another 180-double clutch dunk. Ronald put on a show as well with an impressive between-the-legs dunk and a 360-alley-oop to himself. But Mak nearly took home the prize with a jaw-dropping 180-between-the-legs dunk. They ended up finishing the competition tied at first place and won $1000 dollars each. The competition was held at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium which is playing host to the UBA Season 4 Championship Series from 10-16th March. Courtesy of: ubaindia.com
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