Teams line up at the opening ceremony of the 64th Senior National Basketball Championship.

Teams line up at the opening ceremony of the 64th Senior National Basketball Championship. Photo courtesy: Clint Furtado/BFI.

Press Release/26th February 2014: Defending Champions Uttarakhand Men and Indian Railways Women started their campaign of the 64th National Basketball Championship on winning notes defeating Indian Railways 68-62 and West Bengal 68-40 respectively on the opening day of the championship.

In the match between Uttarakhand and Indian Railways, both teams were matched basket for basket throughout the game. Scores were tied at 15 in the first quarter and Uttarakhand managed to nudge past Indian Railways 28-26 at half time. The third quarter saw Indian Railways taking a 45-39 lead. 7ft Centre Amritpal Singh scored a double-double with 25 points and 22 rebounds, former international Riyazuddin had 16 (which included two 3 pointers) and Yadwinder Singh finished with 12 points for Uttarakhand. Gagandeep Singh scored 20 and Prakesh Mishra added 10 points for Indian Railways.

Manisha Dange, Krishnan Radha and S Kokila scored 12 points apiece and Indian Railways beat West Bengal 68-40 in their opening match today after leading 37-27 at half time. Anju Lakra top scored for Indian Railways with 13. S Oraon 11 and S Tudu finished with 8 points for West Bengal.

The 64th National Basketball Championship being held at the Thaygaraj Stadium from 26th February to 5th March 2014 is organized by the Basketball Federation of India and supported by IMG-Reliance. In all 51 teams, 27 men and 24 women are participating in the country’s top most competition played on League–cum–Knock-out basis. Top 10 teams of the previous year ranking are grouped in Pool A’ & B’ (Level I).  The winner will take home Rs 1,00,000 while the first and second runners-up will receive Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively. The rest of the teams will be playing the qualifying league in the Pools ‘C,D,E,F’ for a chance to be promoted to Level 1 for the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship.

The inaugural ceremony saw a cultural programme by kids from local schools and march-past by the participating teams. Chief Guest for the evening Mr. Ajit Mohan Saran IAS, Secretary Sports, Government of India, Ministry of Sport & Youth Affairs along with Guest of Honour Mr. Neeraj Kansal IPS Secretary Sports Authority of India and long serving NBA Coach Del Harris, were felicitated by BFI officials during the Inaugural Ceremony.

In a clear attempt at wooing crowds, like for earlier events, this time too there is no entry fee to watch the matches as a spectator.

26th February 2014 Results

Men

Punjab (Ranbir Singh 15, Amripal Singh 14, Gurvinder Singh 14, Jagdeep Singh 14) bt Andhra Pradesh (G.V.Reddy 13, Sri Ganesh patil 8) 92-44 (27-4, 27-22, 21-10, 17-8)

Uttar Pradesh (Bobby Singh 12, Shyamvir Singh 11) bt Goa (Johan Branganga 9, Craig Maneab 8) 62-27 (25-13, 12-10, 15-03, 10-01)

Haryana (Hemant 29, Pardeep 17, Deepak 15, Vikash 10) bt West Bengal (Chorlal Sharma 21, Manoj Kaswan 10) 86-61(23-14, 20-18, 22-14, 21-15)

Jharkhand (Shamshad Alam 16, Allen Peter 15, Vishal Bagh 10) bt Bihar (Yogesh Kumar 15, Manvendra 13, Abhish Pratap Singh 12) 64-45 (15-9, 17-12, 17-10, 15-14)

Services (Gopal Ram 17, S M Settu 16, Dalip Kumar 13, Narender Grewal 11, Jairam 11, Manu Thomas 10) bt Rajasthan(Prashant Singh 22, Vinod Kumar 10) 101-57 (19-17, 31-9, 26-14, 25-17)

Madhya Pradesh (Harendra S.Tomer 16, Syed Anam Ali 13, Christopher S.Minhas 11) bt Mizoram (Henry L.Ramneaihawn 14, P.B.Vanlalmuana 10) 69-52 (20-14, 24-16, 14-15, 11-7)

Uttarakhand (Amritpal Singh 25, Riyaz Uddin 13, Yadwinder Singh 12) bt Indian Railways (Gagandeep Singh 20, Prakash Mishra 10) 68-62 (15-15, 13-11, 11-19, 29-17)

Women

Indian Railways (Anju Lakra 13, Manisha Dange 12, Krishnan Radha 12, S Kokila 12) bt West Bengal (S Oraon 11, S Tudu 8) 68-40 (25-16, 12-11, 13-9, 18-4)

Andhra Pradesh (E. Joyti 30, M.Gayathri 22, Jincy Joseph 17) bt Himachal Pradesh (Balwinder 30, Munisha 10) 75-60(13-19, 15-16, 20-15, 25-10)

Punjab (Nagma Mirza 16, Kirandeep Kaur 15, Harjeet Kaur 13, Nirmal Kaur 13) bt Madhya Pradesh (Jhilik Roy 24, Sakshi Pandey 15) 79-59 (23-12, 18-13, 17-12, 21-22)

Rajasthan (Manisha Meena 18, Anita Meena 13, Usha Chouhan 10) bt Chandigarh (Simi Singh 11, Karamjeet Kaur 7) 61-26 (20-7, 16-0, 17-6, 8-13)

Tamil Nadu (Appoorva Muralinath 26, Soniya Joy 14, R. Ramya 14) bt Maharashtra (Sonu M.Saji 6, Keeny Susan lalu 5) 63-20 (22-2, 18-5, 11-7, 12-6)

Bihar (G.Satya Saraswati 31, Arti Singh 12) bt Assam (Laxmi Kumari 14, Smitali Saikai 8, Punam Sahani 7) 51-50 (14-13, 8-14, 9-7, 20-16)

Uttar Pradesh (Niharika 16, Preeti Kumari 11) bt Haryana (Pooja 14) 50-26 (26-2, 6-8, 6-7, 12-9)

*Please visit the Basketball Federation of India website for the detailed player and team stats from most of these matches.*

Gopalakrishnan R
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