Thrissur men (in green) against Kasargod district.

Thrissur men (in green) against Kasargod district.

‘Elevate Sports’ Daily Wrap

After winning both its league matches, the host men’s team from Thrissur is through to the quarterfinals of the 58th Kerala Senior State Basketball Championship. Far tougher tests await them in the knockout stages as they will have to battle it out against teams from the “supreme league” i.e. the Pool A & B teams which are the top eight sides from last year.

In other developments, Kannur men topped Group D to confirm its berth in to the Quarter Finals, while in the women’s division, favourites Thiruvanthapuram and Ernakulum too progressed to the knockout stages, from Group B.

Men’s defending champion Ernakulam district had to withstand a tough challenge posed by Palakkad for four full quarters. This year, the Ernakulam side is weakened by the unavailability of star centre Eudrick Pareira who is out with a recurring leg injury. Also absent was veteran centre Subhash Shenoy, who, sources tell us, has stopped participating in State championships, and will focus instead only on playing for his Central Excise & Customs, Kochi side. In the absence of these two players, former international Mohnish Wilson and promising two guard Basil Philip (who was part of the Indian squad during the 2013 SABA qualifiers) stepped up to take their side to an opening win.

Day 2 Results (Wednesday, 4th December 2013) brought to you by The Furtado Initiative

Women

  1. Thiruvananthapuram 45 (Jeena PS 12) bt Wayanad 25 (Jomiya Joby 10)
  2. Kottayam 48 (Anji Sidharthan 16, Minnu Marium Joy 10, Reshma Rajendran 10) bt Thrissur 28 (Shruthi K K 10)
  3. Ernakulum 53 (Libina MJ 21) bt Wayanad 18

Men

  1. Kasargod 40 (Akshay Asok 10, Shinto George 10) bt Wayanad 23 (Binil Thomas 10)
  2. Kannur 94 (Shijas 34, Mohsin 20, Shuaib 13) bt Idukki 90 (Akhil C Issac 29, Robin M Thomas 25)
  3. Pathanamthitta 60(Edwin Ervin 15, Nicewinm 10, Naseef Ahamed 10) bt Alapuzha 33 (Sanjay 10,Shanas 10)
  4. Thrissur 55 (Dibumon ES 19, Jovin P Vincent 11) bt Kasargod 23
  5. Kannur 96 (Muhammed Shijas 32, Mohazin N 14, Sainul Nizam 13) bt Malapuram 82 (Farshad K 24, Nidheesh Mohan 16)

*Evening match results between Ernakulam v. Palakkad (men), Kollam v. Kozhikode (men), Trivandrum v. Kottayam (men), Kasargod v. Kollam (women) and Kannur v. Kozhikode (women) will be included in tomorrow’s report.

Day 3 Schedule (Thursday, 5th December 2013)

In the schedule given below, Court no. 1 is the Sree Kerala Varma College Court & Court No. 2 refers to the Municipal Stadium, both of which are in Thrissur

Morning Matches

6.00AM Pathanamthitta v. Kottayam Men, Court no. 1

6.00AM Palakkad v. Kasargod Women, Court no. 2

7.00AM Trivandrum v. Alappuzha Men, Court no. 1

7.00AM Trivandrum v. Ernakulam Women, Court no. 2

8.00AM Ernakulam v. Kollam Men, Court no. 1

Evening Matches (all on Court no. 1)

4.00PM Kannur v. Malappuram Women

5.00PM Kottayam v. Alappuzha Women

6.00PM Trivandrum v. Pathanamthitta

7.00PM Kollam v. Palakkad

8.00PM Kottayam v. Alappuzha

9.00PM Ernakulam v. Kozhikode

For details on the tournament structure, fixtures and pools, read our introductory article: http://7b8.10d.myftpupload.com/2013/12/04/58th-kerala-senior-state-championship-tips-off-in-thrissur/

Gopalakrishnan R
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