Press Release/Mumbai: After the end of the 80 game league phase, the quarterfinals, the semi finals and the 3rd place games, it was time to witness the finals of the 2013-14 BFI IMG-Reliance School Basketball League in Mumbai. Conducted across 14 centers in Mumbai, the league was finally coming to an end with the summit clash of Bombay Scottish, St. Anthony’s in the girls’ section and Fr. Agnel’s, Hansraj Morarji in the boys’ section. The stage was set at the Fr. Agnel’s Sports Complex in Navi Mumbai and it was time to declare the champions.
St. Anthony’s Girls High School wins
It was definitely an enthralling final. St. Anthony’s got off to a flying start and within no time, the scoreline read 11-0 in their favor. Bombay Scottish was sluggish at the start but finally got going in the 8th minute of the 1st quarter with a layup from Rachel Netto. St. Anthony’s managed to keep the lead at 10 points throughout the game and that fast start helped them. The score was 31-17 by the end of first half.
In the earlier games, Bombay Scottish had enjoyed huge height advantage through Rachel Netto and Anjali Narain, but St. Anthony’s had better defense and this led to a lot of turnovers by Bombay Scotttish. In the final quarter, Bombay Scottish did try to make a comeback of sorts but a huge 3 by Dielle negated that. St. Anthony’s won the finals by a margin of 9 points, 51-42. Sheryl had 11 points and Mekhela had 9 points for St. Anthony’s while Rachel Netto was the lone warrior for Bombay Scottish with 29 points. St. Anthony’s had also won the BFI- IMG Reliance School Basketball League in 2010.
Fr. Agnel’s are boys’ champions
Hansraj Morarji playing against Fr. Agnel’s at Fr. Agnel’s, was always going to be an uphill battle for them. They had also lost their league games against Fr. Agnel’s on both occasions. The game was neck to neck in the opening stages but playing on home turf, Fr. Agnel’s inched ahead behind their forward Vaishakh Nambiar’s contributions. Vaishakh got into foul trouble early on but that did not matter much as their center Anmol Sharma assisted in defense. Bhumish Patel from Hansraj, who is by far their star performer, did not get adequate support from his team members. Rohan Jagtap and Tanmay Mali, who were sluggish in the first half, started draining 3s to take the game away from Hansraj. Although the battle was intense, Fr. Agnel, who was expected to roll over their opponents, won the battle 78-62. Rohan Jagtap had 26 points, Tanmay Mali had 23 and Vaishakh Nambiar finished with 20 points for the home team. The visitors had to be content with 15 points from Ameet Mathani and 27 points from Bhumish Patel. Vidya from St. Anthony’s and Vaishakh Nambiar from Fr. Agnel’s were adjudged the best players of the league in the girls and boys section respectively.
Third Place Matches
Saloni Sathe 16, Sakshi 8 helped Vidyaniketan girls beat Fr. Agnel’s 43-27 to secure 3rd place. St. Joseph’s boys needed a buzzer beater from Mayank to beat their neighbours, Don Bosco High School 36-35 in the battle for third place.
The winners, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up were awarded Rs. 50,000/-, Rs. 30,000/- and Rs. 20,000/- respectively. But unlike previous years, the money has to be used by the school towards improving the basketball infrastructure in their respective schools. Funds were earmarked by BFI and IMG Reliance for court tune-ups to help schools improve their infrastructure.
Fr. Agnel’s, Navi Mumbai (Rohan Jagtap 26, Tanmay Mali 23, Vaishakh Nambiar 20) Bt Hansraj Morarji (Bhumish Patel 27, Ameet Mathani 15) 78-62
St. Anthony’s Girls School (Sheryl 11, Mekhela 9) Bt Bombay Scottish (Rachel Netto 29) 51-42
St. Joseph’s Bt Don Bosco High School 36-35
Vidyaniketan, Dombivili (Saloni Sathe 16, Sakshi Kotian 8) Bt Fr. Agnel’s, Navi Mumbai (Darshana Deepak 8, Ishita S 8) 43-27
Boys: Vaishakh Nambiar (Fr. Agnel’s)
Girls: Vidya V (St. Anthony’s)