Delhi boys (white) in action against Chhattisgarh. Photo Courtesy: Clint Furtado/BFI

Delhi boys (white) in action against Chhattisgarh. Photo Courtesy: Clint Furtado/BFI

Unaffected by past records, an aggressive Delhi team beat defending champions Chhattisgarh 62-59 in their Group ‘A’ league encounter. Delhi’s keen intent was evident by its statistical advantages in second chance points, offensive rebounds and points in the paint. After this win, Delhi has now joined Kerala at the top of their group with two league games still to be played.

Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra teams prosper

Both the Tamil Nadu boys’ and girls’ squads surged ahead on day three of the 64th Junior National Championship being held in Cuttack, Odisha. The boys from the south beat neighbouring Andhra Pradesh 85-41 and are now 2-1 after their first three league games. The TN girls team, on their part, put behind their tough overtime loss to Uttar Pradesh yesterday, to record a morale boosting 73-26 win over Delhi.

Maharashtra eves made short work of the local girls from Odisha. The lop-sided match saw Maharashtra opening up an unanswered 29 point lead in the first quarter alone. Maharashtra girls are now at an even 1-1 from Group B. They will next take on Punjab, which is still looking for its first win after losing to Madhya Pradesh by two points earlier in the tournament. Later in the day, Maharashtra boys made a miraculous comeback against Rajasthan after trailing by 14 points at halftime. They eventually won 72-70.

Kerala girls & Punjab boys remain undefeated

Before today’s game, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh were 2-0 and it was inevitable that one of these teams would have to surrender their undefeated record, and with it, the status of top ranked team in girls Group B.

Punjab’s explosive guard Loveneet Singh

As it turned out, Kerala dictated the game from start to finish and won by a margin in excess of 30 points. Also continuing its dream run, the star studded boys team from Punjab, featuring senior internationals Loveneet Singh Atwal and 7ft 1 inch centre Satnam Singh Bhamara, faced little trouble in beating Karnataka. “Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Delhi are our top competitors,” guard Loveneet told us after his team’s clinical performance. He also elaborated on what makes him and Satnam a formidable duo on the court. 

“Satnam is the backbone of our side. Speaking about me personally, I train daily for four hours in the morning and evening with a focus on ball handling drills. My recent international exposure has brought a lot of confidence into my individual game.

Results of Matches played on 3rd September 2013 (Tuesday)

Boys

1. Punjab (Khushmeet 15, Loveneet 13, Gurwinder 13, Satnam 10) bt Karnataka (Clinton 8, Sharath 7, Malveer 7) 68-49 (27-6, 16-11, 12-18, 13-14)

2. Maharashtra (Samson 22, Salman 13, Mihir 12) bt Rajasthan (Abhimanyu 22, Devendra 21, Shubham 17)72-70 [QT Scores: 8-15, 12-19, 34-18, 18-18]

3. Delhi (Pardeep 16, Pankaj 15, A. S. Sohal 12) bt Chhattisgarh (Sanjeev 18, Shiv Kumar 13, P. Rajesh 10) 62-59 [QT Scores: 12-8, 13-16, 17-19, 20-16]

4. Tamil Nadu (M. Harish 20, S. Karthickeyan 13, Nikal Pandian 11, P. Vijay 11) bt Andhra Pradesh (K. Akhil Vikranth Reddy 12, G. Sai Sri Harsha Reddy 9) 85-41[QT Scores: 35-12, 19-15, 17-6, 14-8]

5. Uttar Pradesh (Himanshu 21, Ravi Kishor 16) bt Himachal Pradesh (Saurav Bagga 20, Rakesh 15)74-55 [QT Scores: 17-20, 16-16, 27-16, 14-3]

6. Odisha (Amarjit Pandey 21, Firoz Baraa 12) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Gurvinder Singh 11, Shubham Bhardwaj 8) 66-35 [QT Scores: 22-8, 13-12, 13-4, 18-11]

7. West Bengal (Sourav Singh 16, Sagar Joshi 10) bt Bihar (Dheeraj Ranjan 8) 34-11 [QT Scores: 12-2, 4-2, 5-7, 13-0]

Girls

1. Kerala (Awasthy 14, Poojamol 7) bt Madhya Pradesh (Princy 7, Amishi 5) 54-19 [QT Scores: 24-11, 18-4, 6-3, 6-1]

2. Uttar Pradesh (Barkha Sowakar 12, Garima Singh 12, Jesslina Mayyou 10) bt Haryana (Komal Yadav 6, Suman Pannu 5) 72-28 [QT Scores: 30-2, 17-12, 13-9, 12-5]

3. Maharashtra (Krithika Divadkar 18, Ruprli Tripathi 13, Shireen Limaye 12, Sruthi Menon 11) bt Odisha (Rajashree Swain 7, Jayashree Badskey 6) 69-17 [QT Scores: 29-0, 13-4, 12-4, 15-9]

4. Tamil Nadu (P. Hemalatha 16, R. Sharmila 12, R. Selvamithra 11) bt Delhi (Monika Vats 16)73-26 [QT Scores: 24-5, 12-8, 15-0, 22-15]

5. Rajasthan (Nisha Sharma 20, Kamlesh Taragi 19) bt Jharkhand (Mridula Barla 3, Ankita Ekka 2) 50-9 [QT Scores: 15-0, 11-6, 10-3, 14-0]

6. Karnataka (Aishwarya Mohan 13, Kavana C. R. 8) bt Himachal Pradesh (Gurunika Talwar 6)63-20 [QT Scores: 11-9, 19-4, 15-5, 18-2]

7. Pondicherry (N. Suganya 7, A. Rajeswari 6) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Jasmina 10) 24-22 [QT Scores: 8-5, 2-4, 3-6, 11-7]

 

Schedule for Day Four (Wednesday, September 04, 2013)

 

04-09-2013

Court – 1

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing Result
55 Kerala Vs Odisha GB 07.00 AM
56 Maharashtra Vs Punjab GB 08.30AM
57 Chhattishgarh Vs Kerala BA 10.00AM
58 Delhi Vs Maharashtra BA 11.30AM
59 Chhattisgarh Vs Tamil Nadu GA 01.00 PM
60 Tamil Nadu Vs Karnataka BB 02.30 PM
61 Uttar Pradesh Vs Delhi GA 04.00 PM
62 Punjab Vs Madhya Pradesh BB 05.30 PM

Court – 2

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing Result
QUALIFYING MATCHES
63 C 1 Karnataka Vs F 1 West Bengal Girls 07:00 AM
64 C 1 Uttar Pradesh F 1 Haryana Boys 08.30 AM

Court –3

QUALIFYING MATCHES

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing Result
65 D 1 Chandigarh Vs E 1 Rajasthan Girls 07:00 AM
66 D 1 Odisha Vs E 1 W/O West Bengal Vs. Jharkhand Boys 08.30 AM

Court – 2

LOSER KNOCKOUT (QUARTER FINALS)

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing Result
67 C 2 Himachal Pradesh Vs E 3 Bihar Girls 10.00 AM
68 C 2 Gujarat Vs E 3 Bihar Boys 03.00 PM
69 F 2 Assam Vs D 3 Jammu & Kashmir Girls 04.30 PM
70 F 2 Assam Vs D 3 Jammu & Kashmir Boys 06.00 PM

COURT – 3

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
LOSER KNOCKOUT (QUARTER FINALS)
71 E 2 Jharkhand Vs C 3 Gujarat Girls 10.00 AM
72 E 2 L/O West Bengal Vs. Jharkhand Vs C 3 Himachal Pradesh Boys 03.00 PM
73 F 3 Andhra Pradesh Vs D 2 Pondicherry Girls 04.30 PM
74 F 3 Pondicherry Vs D 2 Chandigarh Boys 06.00 PM

All the match results along with the upcoming schedule will be posted on the BFI website. Regular updates can also be viewed on BFI’s Facebook and twitter pages.

Note: This article has been published with permission from the Basketball Federation of India. The original article, on the BFI website, can be accessed here.

Gopalakrishnan R
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