BITS Pilani, Goa basketball team is a team of very talented players who like to hustle hard on the court. They say that team are full of hardworking athletes and like to play with speed rather than strength.
This year the basketball team consist of players who have played nationals and newbies who started playing in their first year, “so it’s a mix of experience and young talent which makes our team very versatile and diverse in its mentality”.
The current basketball squad includes captain Pranav Singh Rathore, Tarun Tanwar (Vice Captain) Vishal Verma, Adeesh Bhargava, Swapnil Pandey, Pradyuman Singh, Srijan Verma, Vishal, Shubham Saini, Vinay Pai, Sumit Kumar, Jitendra Singh Rathore, Ishan Rai, Siddhant Singhal, Shiva Chaudhary and Siddharth Malik.
The boys go by the motto of, “Give it your all’– mindset for every game be it in a win or a loss. The team chant ‘Jai Bajrang Bali ki’before the game as a form of pre-game rituals together in a huddle and to get fired up for the match.
On being asked what’s the best match that your team ever played, one of them respond by saying that BOSM’17 against SKIT, Jaipur. And they also quoted the team’s friendly match against a neighboring college (BKBIET) as a moment the team felt like unbeatable.
When asked about who was the toughest opponent, they replied: “Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi.”
The basketball team is currently coached by ex BSF player and a senior national player of Rajasthan. “Our coach is very dedicated as we were. We faltered a lot and yet we stood strong with each mistake.”
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