Tamil Nadu's Riken (white) in action against Services. Photo Courtesy: BFI.

Tamil Nadu’s Riken (white) in action against Services. Photo Courtesy: BFI.

Press Release/New Delhi, 4th March 2014: Tamil Nadu Men have made a place for themselves in the finals against Punjab in the 64th National Basketball Championship being held at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here defeating Services 92-85.

Tamil Nadu led 55-36 in half time but Services caught fire late in the game to score 30 points in the final quarter to close in. But Tamil Nadu managed to nudge past them in the final minutes of the game much to the cheer of the crowd. Pratham Singh scored 28 points (four 3-pointers), S.P. Venkatesh 22 (10 rebounds), Rikin Pethani 14  (11 rebounds) and P. Akilan finished with 12 (two 3-pointers) for Tamil Nadu. Joginder Singh scored 18, Jairam 18, Gopal Ram 15 and Antony V.Nixon added 11 for Services.

Chhattisgarh women who lost to Maharashtra in the league stage got its revenge defeating them 76-65 in the semi-final clash after leading 33-20 at half time. Kavita scored 20 points (11 rebounds), Deepa L 16 (two 3-pointers), Seema Singh 14 (13 rebounds), Poonam Chaturvedi 10 (10 Rebounds) and Bharati Netam (one 3-pointer) finished with 10 for Chhattisgarh. For Maharashtra Shireen Limaye scored 20 points, Krittika Divadkar 15 and Kenny Susan Lalu added 10 to end their campaign.

Punjab Men downed the defending champions Uttarakhand 80-68 after trailing 38-45 at half time. At the end of first quarter both teams were tied at 24 points. Palpreet Singh and Ranbir Singh scored identical 27 points and Gurwinder Singh added 9 points for Punjab. Yadwinder Singh scored 24 points, Amritpal Singh 15 and Riyaz Uddin finished with 14 for Uttarakhand. Late in the evening, Indian Railway overwhelmed Delhi 100-65 in a thoroughly lopsided battle.

Results – Semi-Final

Men

  1. Tamil Nadu (Pratham Singh 28, S.P.Venkatesh 22, Rikin Pethani 14, P.Akilan 12) bt Services (Joginder Singh 18, Jairam 18, Gopal Ram 15, Antony V.Nixon 11) 92-85 (21-19, 34-17, 16-19, 21-30)
  2. Punjab (Palpreet Singh 27, Ranbir Singh 27, Gurwinder Singh 9) bt Uttarakhand (Yadwinder Singh 24, Amritpal Singh 15, Riyaz Uddin 14) 80-68 (24-24, 14-21, 16-14, 26-9)

Women

  1. Chhattisgarh (Kavita 20, Deepa L16, Seema Singh 14, Poonam Chaturvedi 10, Bharati Netam 10) bt Maharashtra (Shireen Limaye 20, Krittika Divadkar 15, Kenny Susan Lalu 10) 75-65 (17-11, 16-9, 18-19, 24-26)
  2.  Indian Railway (Geethu Anna Jose 27, Anju Lakra 19, M.Pushpa 19, Smruthi Radhakrishan 11, R.Priyadarshini 10) bt Delhi (Prashanti Singh 17, Manauti Passi 12, Pratima Singh 11, Akanksha Singh 11) 100-65 (30-24, 26-18, 24-14, 20-9)

Fixtures Final-5th March 2014

Women – Chhattisgarh Vs Vs Indian Railway 4th March 3.00 pm

Men – Tamil Nadu Vs Punjab 4.30 pm

Gopalakrishnan R
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