India wins gold in men`s basketball at Lusofonia Games

Panaji: India on Monday won the basketball gold in the men`s section at the Lusofonia Games, defeating Angola 77-70.

In a closely fought match at the Indoor Stadium at university complex near here, India led 19-14 at the end of the first quarter before the visitors brought themselves back into the game with a 16-15 second quarter verdict.

The Angolans fought tooth and nail to dominate the third quarter, where they scored 23 points against India`s 16.

The hosts` cagers, however, saw that they did not suffer any more hiccups as they claimed the fourth quarter 27-17 and along with it the title.

Mozambique won the bronze defeating Cape Verde 56-37. The women`s gold was bagged by Mozambique, who defeated Angola 73-49. India won the bronze.