Press Release: The IMG – Reliance College league organized by the Basketball Federation of India started its Mumbai edition among eight cities over the weekend and with the success of the IMG-Reliance School league, much was expected from the college league as well.

It was a week which was dominated by R A Podar College of Commerce & Economics. The girls having played 2 games against HR and their neighbours Ruia, won both their encounters with ease. The Podar girls defeated HR in the first game of the league 35-18 and they beat Ruia college 37-10. The Podar girls were the champions in the Inter Collegiate tournament held in the end of 2013 and with the addition of players from their junior college as well for this league they are expected to finish on top of Pool A. Rashmi V top scored for Podar with 8 points and Pooja Lalwani did the bulk of the scoring for HR with 14 points including 2 from behind the 3 point arc. In the game against Ruia, Ankita N had 12 points and Sarah Vora had 14 points for Podar.

The Podar boys on the other hand have had to toil their way to victory against HR. HR are the runners up in the inter collegiate tournament and we certainly call this as one of the upsets in the league. At one time Podar was leading by more than 18 points but HR came back in the 4th quarter to cut the lead to 4 points with 48 secs remaining. Coming back from a time out, the HR boys set up a nice play to score a 3 pointer and the lead was now only 1 with 24 secs remaining on the clock. The only option for HR was to foul the Podar players to stop the clock and make Podar take free throws but the calm and composed Jeet Gada made both his attempts and HR ran out of time. Podar beat HR 51-49 with Harshal top scoring with 21 points and Jeet Gada with 13 points. For HR, Luv Lahankar scored 13 points and Rahul scored 11 points.

About the BFI-IMG Reliance College League

BFI in collaboration with the IMG Reliance and State Basketball Associations is organizing the 2013-2014 BFI-IMG Reliance College League in eight cities across India to help develop and promote an organized structure of basketball in colleges. The college winners from all the states will participate in the National Champions Cup to be held in April/May, 2014 in New Delhi.

The 2013-14 edition of the BFI-IMG Reliance College League includes 2 new cities – Indore and Hyderabad – in addition to last year’s returning 6 cities New Delhi, Mumbai, Indore, Ludhiana, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai.

The leagues will comprise of 20 teams per city (10 men’s & 10 women’s). A total of 1,920 kids and 160 teams are participating across the country. Each team will play a total of 8 games over a period of 2 months and a total of 640 games will be played during the group stage, which will be followed with a knockout tournament to crown a City Champion. Games will be held at rotating locations in different colleges to provide any institution the opportunity to host the league.

One of the main goals of the College League is to start the first pan-India League, as opposed to the current system of competition – tournaments. As part of the 2013-14 College League, BFI and IMG Reliance have put aside money for each participating Colleges for refurbishments of their home courts. With the help of the State Basketball Association, BFI and IMG Reliance hopes this initiative will incentivize colleges to invest in basketball.

Mumbai Results

MMK College (Saif H 19, Kamran S, 16 ) beat Maharashtra College (Ali Raza 8 ) 64-18 (HT: 40-08)

VJTI (Nikhil 16 ) beat RA Podar College (Jeet Gada 19 ) 44-30 (HT 22-14)

St. Xavier’s (Larissa 18 ) beat VJTI (Vaishnavi 8 ) 29-12 (HT 14-02)

Khalsa College (Saisha Parab 18 points, Natasha P – 10 ) beat Sophia College (Malvika C 8 ) 56-22 (HT: 28-16)

Gopalakrishnan R
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