Basketball: India lose 70-73 to Kazakhstan in Men’s Pre-Qualifying Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Damascus (Syria): The Indian men’s team went down 70-73 against Kazakhstan in their third match of the 2024 FIBA Men’s Pre-Qualifying Olympic Qualifying Tournament here on Monday.India, who had defeated hosts Syria and Indonesia in their first two matches for four points in this six-team tournament, fought hard in the match before going down to Kazakhstan at the Al-Fayhaa Sports Arena in the Syrian capital.India were trailing 16-19 at the end of the first quarter and then outscored Kazakhstan 20-18 and were 36-37 at half-time.┬áIndia won the third quarter 18-13 to take a 54-50 lead going into the final 10 minutes of the match. Kazakhstan upped the ante in the fourth quarter 16-23 to win the match 73-70.Arvind Kumar Muthu Krishnan was the top scorer for India with 18 points while Palpreet Singh Brar pulled off 10 rebounds. For Kazakhstan, Vladimir Ivanov scored a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.India now have two matches remaining in the six-team competition against Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.┬áIndia have five points from three matches while Bahrain have four from two. Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Kazakhstan also have four points from three matches each.