ISLAMABAD - Pakistan claimed silver medal in the Second SABA Basketball Championship which concluded in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Monday night. Hosts Bangladesh finished as the only unbeaten team in the tournament to bag the gold medal. Pakistan won three of their four matches to finish with second spot.

The championship, competed by South Asian teams, was played on round robin basis at Dhaka's Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium. India, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka did not participate in the event.  The national team, coached by Imran Bashir, had absolutely no difficulty in disposing of the challenges of Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan, however, they lost to the hosts in a close and absorbing encounter.

Pakistan kicked off their campaign in an impressive fashion brushing aside Maldives 88-62. The men in green led from start to finish as they completely dominated the proceedings. Haris Kamal (22), Ahmad Jan (18), M. Akram (17) and captain Prem Shahzad (15) played major roles in the impressive victory.

Boys were equally good in the second match against Nepal, which they won 78-67. Taghlab Ammar (23), M Akram (13) and Prem Shahzad (12) played key role in their team's victory.

Then came the Bangladesh match in which Pakistan outscored the hosts 20-17 and 24-19 in the first and third quarters and were just two points behind going into the final 10 minutes of the game. However, the home team stretched that slim lead to a nine-point advantage by the end of the match and won 77-68. Ahmad Jan led Pakistan's charge with 25 points while Prem Shahzad and M Akram contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Pakistan defeated Bhutan 79-63 in their last match to finish the tournament with a 3-1 record. Khalid Ahmed (17), Prem Shahzad (15) and Taghlab Ammar (12) were their main scorers. The silver-medal winning team will return home tomorrow (Thursday).