Teams from Punjab came out firing today to go through to the semifinals of the annual Inter Zonal All India University Championship for Men underway at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi. North Zone and defending All India Champs Punjab University Chandigarh progressed to the last four with ease, beating Chhattisgarh side Pt R. S. University Raipur 79-48. Their superior size and overall skill level allowed them to dominate their opponents after a close first quarter. Punjab University will now play GNDU Amritsar in the first semifinal tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 pm.
In one of the best matches of the tournament so far, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar beat heavyweights, University of Madras, 73-70. Navalpreet scored 36 huge points to take his side to the upset victory. Last year’s runners up, Madras, could be accused of displaying a touch of complacency in the first half, and by the time their former junior international S Karthickeyan got his offense going, it was too little too late.
In other quarterfinals, south teams Hindustan University Madras and Jain University Bangalore won their respective matches to set up a semifinal clash between them tomorrow evening at 5:00pm.
Semifinals Schedule for 7/2/14
Punjab University Chandigarh vs. Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar- 3:30pm
Hindustan University Chennai v. Jain University Bangalore- 5:00pm
Quarterfinal Results (6/2/14)
- Punjab University Chandigarh 79 (Ravi 14, Pulkit 13) bt Pt. R. S. University Raipur 48 (Vinay 11, Lankesh 11)
- GNDU Amritsar 73 (Navalpreet 36, Guriqbal 16) bt University of Madras 70 (M Kasi 22, Karthickeyan 22)
- Hindustan University Madras 60 (Agu 19, Longogobam 12) bt Punjabi University Patiala 55 (Sukdeep 25, Gurdeep 16)
- Jain University Bangalore 72 (Rashid 22, Vishu 16) bt Bharti Vidyapith Pune 56 (Kabhey 17, Ankit 12)