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Amjyot Singh makes G League debut

November 06, 2017 01:12 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
OLKAHOMA CITY : India’s Amjyot Singh Gill made his G League debut today turning out for the Oklahoma City Blue. The Indian hoopster scored three points in his team’s 101-123 loss against the Reno Bighorns at the Cox Convention Center on Sunday afternoon.
After missing out on opening night game against Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the 6ft 9in Chandigarh-born player came from the bench for the last four minutes in the fourth quarter. With just over two minutes left in the game, Amjyot hit a three-pointer but that wasn’t enough as his team lost at home against Sacramento Kings’ affiliate side.
The Blue trailed 27-19 after the first quarter, but was able to cut the lead to three to 41-38 midway through the second quarter. That would not last long as Reno went on a 24-9 run to finish off the first half and take a 65-47 lead into the break.
The second half saw two-way player Daniel Hamilton score 13 of his 18 points as the Blue attempted multiple comeback charges. In the end, the Bighorns were up to the challenge as they won the final period 31-25. PJ Dozier produced eight points, four assists and grabbed one rebound.
Markel Brown and Myke Henry each scored 20 points with Brown coming off the bench to shoot 5-6 from three and Henry adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Jack Cooley led the charge for the Bighorns with a double-double of a game-high 36 points on 15-17 shooting from the field and game-best 11 rebounds.
The Blue hit the road for the first time this season for a matchup against the Windy City Bulls on November 10.
The 6ft 8inch Gill made the entire Indian sports fraternity take notice when he slammed home a powerful two handed alley-oop dunk during India’s historic win over China in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup. Since then, the 25-year-old “Sultan of Swat” has grown from strength to strength. As a ‘stretch four’ Amjyot is a matchup nightmare, able to post up, rebound, block shots, handle the ball and score from the outside.
The versatile power forward went on a scoring spree during India’s memorable quarterfinal run in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship for Men, proving himself to be among Asia’s finest hoopsters. 2016 proved to be an equally significant year, as he, along with fellow Punjab baller, Amritpal Singh, made the brave decision of moving to Japan. The duo led their Tokyo Excellence team to the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) Championship.Amjyot in particular, averaged 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game over 35 games, playing 21 minutes per game.
At the 2017 FIBA Asia Challenge, Amjyot averaged 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 32.8 minutes.
Amjyot has also been ranked as Asia-Oceania’s number 1 hoopster in the 3x3 format, after his team Hamamatsu finished runners up at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Tour finals in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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