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Illinois boy in FIBA World Cup team

Gaurav Patwal

ROCK ISLAND, IL — A recent graduate of Rock Island, Ill.-based Alleman High School has earned a spot in India’s FIBA World Cup basketball team.

The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus reported that 2018 high school graduate Gaurav Patwal earned a spot on the 12-man roster that represents the state of Punjab.

Patwal’s twin brother Saurabh received an invite to try out for a spot in the senior basketball team, but failed to earn a spot.

According to Amy Rowell, Gaurav and Team India were in Beirut, Lebanon, on June 27 preparing for their first game against Syria. Following that game, they headed to Amman, Jordan, to compete against Jordan on July 1.

Having previously lost four games against Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, India is in fourth place in the group stage. According to information on the team’s official FIBA website, the Indian team has to win these two games to have a chance to qualify for the next stage of the qualifiers

The twins are planning on returning to the United States later this summer. They are both enrolled at Augustana.

However, neither is playing basketball for the powerhouse Vikings, who have made the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Championships for four straight seasons, including two trips to the Final Four.