WKL: Vancouver Lions hold on to beat United Singhs 63-59




Bhopal, October 31: United Singhs suffered a big setback after being stunned by Vancouver Lions as the Wave World Kabaddi League made its first appearance in Bhopal on Friday. Vancouver Lions, who have had a modest start in Wave WKL, beat United Singhs at 63-59.

Jagdish Singh of United Singhs trying to stop Sukhbir Singh Sabrawa of Vancouver Lions

Jagdish Singh of United Singhs trying to stop Sukhbir Singh Sabrawa of Vancouver Lions

Vancouver Lions led by just a point after the first session but they seemed to have sewn up the match by the end of the third quarter. A late surge from United Singhs almost derailed the Vancouver victory march, but they held on to win by four points at 63-59.

Vancouver Lions joined Lahore Lions at 12 points, while United Singhs have 16 from 15 matches.

United Singhs won the toss and chose to raid first and Gagan Nagra gave them a good start. The first session witnessed few interesting moves by the Navpreet of United Singh with four raids, while for Vancouver Lions Amanvir was noticeable with 4 stops.

United Singh’s captain Sandeep Singh Sandhu who was wonderful in his previous match due to his powerful stops was seen struggling to earn points for his team. Vancouver Lions led 16 -15 at the end of the first session.

In the second quarter Vancouver Lions put in a hard performance, as stopper Amanvir Singh (3) was in great form. United Singh’s raiders Gagandeep Nagra (3) and Navpreet Kumar (4) tried hard to narrow the gap. But with a weak defense United Singh could not make headway. Vancouver Lions raider Gagandeep Sabrawa (6) showed great form with six successful wonderful raids and his team led 28-33.

The third quarter proved most important as it turned match in favour of Vancouver Lions. The session saw terrific performance by Vancouver Lions’ stopper, Amarvir Singh besides the collective efforts of United Singh raiders Lovepreet and Navpreet who made four and five successful raids.

The aggressive raid line of Vancouver Lions proved profitable for team with five and four raids of Sukhbir Singh Sarbrawa and Gagandeep Sarbrawa respectively. The quarter ended 51-41 in favour of Vancouver Lions.

The final quarter witnessed strong performance by both teams. United Singhs gave their best showing of the day as Sandeep Singh (4) earned excellent stop points for his team. But Vancouver Lions Raiders Sukhbir Singh (5) and Gagandeep Sabrawa (4) held on for their team to win 59-63.

Quarter-Wise result of Match 58 was as below:

 

Results (Quarter by quarter) (Total points)

Quarters United Singhs Vancouver Lions
First Quarter 15 16
Second Quarter 28 33
Third Quarter 41 51
Fourth Quarter 59 63

Team position after Match No. 58 is as below:

 Team Played Won Lost Draw Points
Khalsa Warriors 15 12 2 1 25
California Eagles 15 9 6 0 18
United Singhs 15 8 7 0 16
Punjab Thunder 14 7 6 1 15
Lahore Lions 12 6 6 0 12
Vancouver Lions 15 6 9 0 12
Yo Yo Tigers 13 4 8 1 9
Royal Kings USA 15 3 11 1 7

 

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