Press Release, 27th February 2014: Punjab men won two in a row in the 64th National Basketball Championship taking place at the Thyagaraj Stadium New Delhi. Punjab beat Andhra Pradesh 92-44 yesterday and then nudged past Rajasthan 92-78 earlier today. Gurvinderdeep Singh scored 29, Gurkirpal Singh 23 and Amritpal Singh finished with  22 for Punjab in their game against Rajasthan.

After losing the clash against Tamil Nadu 63-20 yesterday, Maharashtra women came back strong defeating Punjab 71-61. Kritika Devadkar scored 26, B Sangeetha had 16, Shireen Limaye 11 and Susan Kenny finished with 10 for Maharashtra. Kiranjeet Kaur scored 17, Nirmal Kaur 15 and Nagma Mirza added 15 for Punjab.

Basketball Federation of India today conducted a Coaches Clinic at the Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi, on the sidelines of the 64th National Basketball Championship. The clinic was organized to enrich the knowledge of Indian coaches on teaching the fundamentals to youth.

Hall of Fame Coach from NBA Del Harris and Indian Senior National Team Head Coach Scott Flemming (Men’s) conducted the clinic, which was attended by local and outstation basketball coaches.

About Del Harris

Del Harris

Coach Del Harris (right) in action during the coach’s clinic. Photo Courtesy: Clint Furtado/BFI.

Del Harris has coached basketball at every level over the past 53 years, spanning seven decades. He started as a coach in junior high and coached four more years in public schools followed by ten successful years at the college level. He has been involved with the NBA at various levels for thirty-eight years and has been head coach of the Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was Coach of the Year in 1995. He became only the 19th NBA coach to win 500 regular season games in 1997. His teams won over 540 games in just 12 full seasons. He is currently Vice President of the Texas Legends team in the NBA Development League, the Mavericks minor league affiliate. He has coached the national teams of Puerto Rico, Canada, the United States, Dominican Republic and China. He was the first foreign head coach of the national team of China for the 2004 Olympics, guiding them to the best performance in their history, where they eliminating the at the time World Champion Serbia to gain entry to the medal round.

He is the author of many basketball coaching articles and three coaching books as well as a sports novel for young readers. His latest book, On Point—Four Steps To Better Life Teams, has achieved much acclaim for its theories on the topic of Teambuilding. In addition he is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, having appeared in various television and movie productions, including the iconic movie, Space Jam.

He is a member of five Halls of Fame, including the Indiana Basketball Hall and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall, Earlham College, Milligan College, and his hometown of Plainfield, Indiana. He has been nominated for consideration to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Results- 27th February 2014

Men

Karnataka (Anbu Kumar R 14, Arvind .A 11, Rajesh P.Uppar 10) bt Pondicherry (Joseph 7, Sundarava davel 5) 79-30 (31-9, 17-1, 16-6, 15-14)

Punjab (Gurvinderdeep Singh 29, Gurkirpal Singh 23, Amritpal Singh 22) bt Rajasthan (Jaynesh Patel 22, Danveer Singh 14, Kamran Khan 12) 92-78 (19-14, 32-17, 17-21, 24-26)

Gujarat (Dishant Shah 25, Nachiket P. Nayak 17, Gohip Indravijay 15) bt Mizoram (Henryl Ramneahawma 13, L. Laldinsanea 8) 94-49 (29-16, 31-13, 20-15, 14-5)

Haryana (Hemant 18, Balraj 14, Vishal 10) bt Himachal Pradesh (Anoop 13, Sanjeev 12, Vainder 12) 80-48 (21-10, 20-10, 15-14, 24-14)

Jammu & Kashmir (Ranbir 27, Iqbal 19, Shubam 11) bt Chandigarh (P Kumar 21, Surendar 20) 76-60 (23-12, 17-16, 14-17, 22-15)

Women

Uttarakhand (Jyoti 22, Bhawna 17, Vaishali 6) bt Assam (Ramandeep K.Rait 16, Salima Begum 14, Smitali Saikia 9) 53-50 (10-10, 12-7, 10-16, 21-17)

Maharashtra (Krititka 27, B.Sangeeta 15, Shireen 11, Kenny Susan 10) bt Punjab (Nagma Mirza 15, Nirmal Kaur 15, Kiranjit Kuar 12) 72-61 (23-15, 23-10, 14-13, 12-23)

Pondicherry (E.Sarasu 27, M.Manjula 16) bt Bihar (G.Satya Sarawat 32, Arti Singh 18) 65-58 (21-13, 19-6, 18-10, 20-16)

Himachal Pradesh (Baljinder 18, Manisha 9) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Radhika 2, Prathiba 2) 54-12 (18-2, 16-2, 8-4, 12-4)

Uttar Pradesh (Preet 19, Niharika 15, Sunidhi 8) bt Jharkhand (Jacklin 17) 62-23 (20-8, 8-5, 8-2, 26-8)

Chhattisgarh (Bharti Netam 15, Kavita 14, Seema Singh 13, Poonam Chaturvedi 11) bt Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 14, Neha Patel 8) 76-35 (23-8, 17-7, 13-5, 23-15)

Gopalakrishnan R
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