Press Release: Federation Cup champions ONGC, Uttarakhand and runners-up IOB, Tamil Nadu, both comfortably won their respective men’s Group-A round-robin league matches of the UPL-9th Savio Cup Basketball Tournament. The tournament is being sponsored by Tridhaatu Realty and Indian Oil and organized by the Don Bosco Recreation Centre, at the floodlit Don Bosco High School courts, Matunga on Sunday.
ONGC, who had emerged triumphant in the Fed Cup in Ahmedabad last Thursday, tamed Income Tax 67-50 after leading 40-23 at the break. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu outfit IOB faced little opposition as they brushed aside Maharashtra 93-69 after opening up a commanding 50-32 half-time advantage.
The Uttarakhand outfit had things under control from the start and dominated the first two quarters to enjoy a healthy 40-23 half-time lead. Although they relaxed their grip on the match in the next two quarters they still managed to finish off in grand fashion. Amritpal Singh scored 17 points and Anoop P got 12 for the victors, while Rishant Shah (14) and Dovan Pravin (10) were the main scorers for the taxmen.
Earlier, IOB also enjoyed total dominance and won with plenty to spare. Harmonjyot Singh with 35 points against his name did the bulk of the scoring for IOB and was supported by A. Arvind with 16 points. Siddhant Shinde (19) and Sameer Shaikh (14) were the main scorers for Maharashtra.
In women’s action, Southern Railway, Tamil Nadu proved too strong for Kerala as they romped to an emphatic 67-35 margin of victory. The railway side encountered some initial resistance from the Kerala girls as the scores were level at seven all midway through the first quarter before Southern Railway went full steam ahead and raced to a 20-14 at the halfway stage. After switching sides, Southern Railway continued in the same vein and scored consistently to consolidate their lead before going on to close out the match with ease.
This was the first defeat for Kerala, who had defeated Maharashtra in the opening match on Saturday.
Results – Men’s league (Group-A): IOB 93 (Harmonjyot Singh 35, A. Arvind 16) beat Maharashtra 69 (Siddhant Shinde 19, Sameer Shaikh 14 ). Half-time: 50-32.
ONGC 67 (Amritpal Singh 17, Anoop P 12) beat Income Tax 50 (Rishant Shah 14, Dovan Pravin 10). Hal-time 40-23
Women’s league: Southern Railway 69 (Muralinath 17, Kokila 16) beat Kerala 37 (Neeru Mol 12, Pooja Mol 9). Half-time: 37-18.