The victorious Maharashtra women's team.

The victorious Maharashtra women’s team.

Press Release/New Delhi, 3rd March 2014:  In a lopsided quarter-finals encounter Delhi women defeated Punjab 111-58 to make a place in the semi-finals of the 64th National Basketball Championship being held at the Indoor Stadium, Thyagaraj Sports Complex here. Punjab women were leading 19-15 at the end of first quarter but the confident Delhi team picked up their game and were leading 43-28 in half time. Delhi managed to score 30 and 38 in the 3rd and 4th quarter.  Prashanti Singh scored 29 points (four 3-pointers), Raspreet Sidhu 23, Pratima Singh 16 and Madhu Kumari added 12 to power Delhi to a century. Nagma Mirza scored 23, Nirmal Kumar 13 and Kiranjit Kaur finished with 11 for Punjab.

Gopal Ram scored 29, Narender Grewal 21, Jairam 18 (14 rebounds), Joginder Singh 13 (three 3-pointers) and Services men defeated Indian Railways 104-72 after leading 57-32 at half-time.  Ankur Anand Singh scored 21, Prakesh Mishra 12 and Hirendra S Rahtoree finished with 10 for Indian Railways.

Defending Champions Uttarakhand men and Indian Railways women have also qualified for the semi-finals defeating Kerala 93-74 and Tamil Nadu 90-50 respectively. In a late evening match, Maharashtra women overcame Karnataka to qualify to the final four after ages.

Results- 3rd March 2014

Pre-Quarterfinals

Women

  1. Karnataka (Navaneetha P.U 29, Kruthika Lakshman 16, Rohini R.John 11) bt Andhra Pradesh (M.Gayathri 24, N.Sneha Priya 18, Jilina Jose 7) 84-72 (24-26, 16-9, 23-22, 21-15)
  2. Tamil Nadu (Srividhya 14, Vyishali 12) bt Uttar Pradesh (Radha 12, Niharika 7) 59-21 (19-9, 12-0, 13-6, 15-6)

Men

  1. Karnataka (Dheeraj Shetty 21, Arvind 21, Rajesh 18, Abhilash J 8) bt Rajasthan (S.Partha Sarathi 16, Kamran Khan 14, Harshvardhan 14, Jaynesh Patel 12) 90-77 (26-19, 19-10, 27-21, 18-27)
  2. Haryana (Hemant Sheoran 31, Deepak Rathi 10, Vikas Mor 8) bt Chhattishgarh (Raranpal Singh 21, Shyam Sunder 10, Sameer Rai 8) 75-59 (22-12, 14-16, 23-14, 16-17)

Quarter-Finals

Women

  1. Chhattisgarh (Kavita 24, Bharti Herati 14, Farhat Anjum 14, Seeam Singh 10) bt Kerala (Neenumol P.S 15, Jeena PS 10, Stephy Nixon 10) 76-46 (14-18, 13-7, 21-14, 28-7)
  2. Delhi (Prashanti Singh 29, Raspreet Sidhu 23, Pratima Singh 16, Madhu Kumari 12) bt Punjab (Nagma Mirza 23, Nirmal Kumar 13, Kiranjit Kaur 11) 111-58 (15-19, 28-9, 30-15, 38-15)
  3. Indian Railways (M Pushpa 15, Smruthi Radhakisnan 15, Geetu Anna Jose 14, Anju Lakra 11) bt Tamil Nadu (R.Alagu Tamil. M 19, Appoora Muralin 14) 90-50 (27-14, 22-14, 23-4, 17-18)

Men

  1. Services (Gopal Ram 29, Narender Grewal 21, Jairam 18, Joginder Singh 13) bt Indian Railways (Ankur Anand Singh 21, Prakesh Mishra 12, Hirendra S Rahtoree 10) 104-72 (26-18, 31-14, 25-29, 22-10)
  2. Uttarakhand (Amritpal Singh 50, Yadwinder Singh 17,) bt Kerala (Monish Nilson 19, Jomon Jose 15, Basil Philip 16) 93-74 (21-21, 27-17, 22-19, 23-17)

Fixtures:: Semi-Finals 4th March 2014

Men – Tamil Nadu Vs Services 12.30 pm

Women – Chhattisgarh Vs Maharashtra 2.00 pm

Men – Uttarakhand Vs Punjab 3.30 pm

Women – Indian Railways Vs Delhi 5.00 pm 

Gopalakrishnan R
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