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Punjab (white) versus Kerala. Photo Courtesy: Clint Furtado/BFI

Press Release/New Delhi 28th Feb 2014:  Punjab Men are on a roll in the 64th National Basketball Championship defeating Kerala 84-70 and making a place in the quarterfinals. Punjab was down 19-24 in the first half but came back strongly with power packed plays. Palpreet Singh had a double-double with 31 points and 10 rebounds and Ranbir Singh finished with 23 points. Ajeeth Sugunan and Basil Philip scored 20 points apiece and Albin Baby added 11 points for Kerala.

Tamil Nadu men after beating defending champions Uttarakhand yesterday overcame Chhattisgarh 71-42. Both teams were matched basket for basket and the scores were tied at 34 points apiece at half time. Tamil Nadu managed 22 points in the 3rd quarter and their solid defence only allowed 2 points. Venkatesh S scored 23 points with four 3-pointers, Dinesh C scored 18 and Rikin Pethani finished with a double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds). Arvind A scored 22, Rajesh P Uppan 18, Vishu P 18, Anil Kumar 14, Sanjay Raj 11 and Karnataka men defeated Jammu & Kashmir  99-66 after leading 49-27 at half time. Iqbal Singh scored 20 points, Ranniv Singh 13, Karan Kumar 12 and Shubbum Sharma finished with 12 points for Jammu & Kashmir.

In the women section Kerala downed West Bengal 68-39. Jeena Scaria scored 29 and Stephn Nixon finished with 13 for Kerala. Sukurmoni Orron scored 15 and Sitariani Tudu added 7 for West Bengal.

Results- 28th February 2014, (Friday)

Men

  1. Punjab (Palpreet Singh 31, Ranbir Singh 23) bt Kerala (Ajeeth Sugunan 20, Basil Philip 20, Albin Baby 11) 84-70 (19-24, 19-12, 27-18, 19-16)
  2. Tamil Nadu (Venkatesh S 23, Dinesh C 18, Rikin Pethani 15) bt Chhattisgarh 71-42 (Karanpal Singh 16, Ajay Pratap Singh 13) 16-16, 18-18, 22-2, 15-6)
  3. Assam (Virender 15, Pankaj Rathee 15, Pradeep Kumar 12, Kanmoni Lahkar 10) bt Mizoram (H.Laldinsanea 23, P.B.Vanalalmuana 16, Nelson Laladohilu 8) 68-62 (22-18, 10-19, 18-8, 1-17)
  4. Chandigarh (Praveen Kumar 32, Surender 18, Rohit Gulia 17) bt Pondicherry (Sundarava Divels 21, Hari Krishnan 14, Vinod P.G 10) 99-56 (19-18, 24-15, 32-16, 23-7)
  5. Odisha (A.Nayar 19, Ashihs Ranjan 18) bt Bihar (Yogesh Kumar 23, Abhist Pratap 10) 61-57 (24-11, 11-17, 17-17, 9-12)
  6. Uttar Pradesh (Bobby Singh 16, Upendra Kumar 14, Abhishek K. Singh 8) bt West Bengal (Dhee Raj 14, Choye Lal 14, Harish 9) 66-52 (18-19, 18-9, 17-12, 13-12)
  7. Haryana (Vishal Hooda 20, Deepak Rathi 19, Pradeep 16, Balraj Singh 10) bt Goa (Flobert M 13, Neil Morais 12) 90-46 (23-13, 26-9, 25-11, 16-13)
  8. Services (Gopal Ram 22, Narender Grewal 14, Joginder Singh 14) bt Andhra Pradesh (K.Mohammad Arshad 11, S Nihal Yadav 8, Rohit 5) 101-35 (28-14, 36-16, 16-05, 21-0)
  9. Karnataka (Arvind A 22, Rajesh P Uppan 18, Vishu P 18, Anil Kumar 14, Sanjay Raj 11) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Iqbal Singh 20, Ranniv Singh 13, Karan Kumar 12, Shubbum Sharma 12) 99-66 (26-14, 23-13, 25-21, 25-18)

Women

  1. Haryana (Bharti 21, Anita 15, Muskan 12) bt Jharkhand (Jacklin 13, Diksha 9) 65-31 (13-9, 24-10, 10-4, 18-8)
  2. Maharashtra (Sona M.Saji 12, Krittika Divadkar 9, Keeny Susan Lalu 9) bt Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 8, Sukhpreet Kaur 5) 61-23 (16-11, 23-3, 10-3, 12-6)
  3. Andhra Pradesh (Jhna Jose 16, K.Madhavi 13, P.U.Madhuiathna 12) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Mutahira Ali 4) 67-7 (26-1, 11-1, 17-5, 12-0)
  4. Kerala (Jeena Scaria 29, Stephn Nixon 13) bt West Bengal (Sukurmoni Orron 15, Sitariani Tudu 7) 68-39 (17-10, 21-12, 12-12, 18-5)
  5. Odisha (Rajshree 20, Urbashi 15) bt Chandigarh (Smiti 15, Kiranpreet 5) 61-37 (13-11, 15-4, 15-14, 18-8)
  6. Chhattisgarh (Kavita 26, Seema Singh 19, Saranjeet Kaur 14) bt Tamil Nadu (R.Ramya 21, Appoorva.M 16, Soniya Joy 12) 86-63 (20-19, 21-8, 19-18, 26-18)
  7. Bihar (G. Safia Suwanju 27, Kavita Pimhlakar 14, Arti Singh 12) bt Uttarakhand (Jyoti 8, Bhawana 8) 52-30 (13-10, 14-5, 14-8, 11-7)
Gopalakrishnan R
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