Indian girls edged past hosts Malaysia 60-59 in the qualification match of the Under-18 Basketball Asia Championship to earn promotion to Level 1 of the competition, here today.
With this narrow one-point win, Indian team has moved up to level 1, where it will take sixth position in the six-team group to compete the next edition of the event in 2014.
The last time India had played in Level I was at the 19th FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women at Medan (Indonesia) in 2008, when they lost to Kazakhstan in the Level I Qualifying
India played in Level II for two successive editions including here.
Leading the Indian assault was Jeena Skaria who scored a game-high 24 points, playing the entire game, with an 11/20 field shooting. She also pulled down 11 rebounds.
Rajaganapathi led the game in rebounds with 14 collections. Shireen Limaye did a superb of controlling Malaysian playmaker Teo Chu Yun and returned stats of 11 rebounds, 9 in defense, 3 assists, 4 steals and 1 block before being ejected for five fouls with about 2 minutesÂ left on the clock.