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Day 5: Kazakhstan and India to clash for promotion in Division B Final
BENGALURU (FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017) - One shall stand and one shall fall as Kazakhstan and India set up a clash at the Women's Asia Cup 2017 Division B Final after separate wins at today's Semi-Finals.
Kazakhstan leaned on a strong second quarter surge to break the game open against a hard-fighting Uzbekistan, 77-51. The game was close after one period, 17-13, before the lady Snow Leopards tigheened up on defense and sharpened their shooting in the second stanza. They led 40-22 at the halftime break and never looked back. Zalina Kurazova was huge for Kazakhstan with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Nadezhda Kondrakova had 18 points and 10 boards. Anastasiya Sevastyanova paced the Uzbeks with 19 points.
In the main game, India climbed out of a 9-point hole to upend Lebanon, 79-69, and advance to the Division B Final. The hosts trailed at the half, 38-33, and entering the fourth quarter, 58-56, but they were steadier in crunch time to eventually outscore Lebanon, 23-11, in the last ten minutes of play. Jeena Skaria stepped up big time for India in this one, dropping 20 points while also getting 7 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists and netting 4 steals. It was a sorry loss for the Lebanese, who looked in control up until India's last stand. The West Asians were paced by Chirine El Charif's 17 points and 14 boards.
The Final between Kazakhstan and India happens tomorrow with the winner getting promoted to Division A.
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Kazakhstan beat Uzbekistan, 77-51
India beat Lebanon, 79-69