|Wednesday – March 5th, 2014|
|FINAL. CHHATTISGARH WINS!|
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(*note that all four teams below have already qualified to Level 1 and these matches are being held for the sole purpose of granting the two winning teams the right to choose their pre-quarter final opponent from level 1)
Girls: Kerala 60 (Nivya Raj 20, Anusha 19) bt Maharashtra 53 (Shruti 21, Neha 12) [21-11, 13-17, 13-11, 13-14]
Press Release/New Delhi, 5th March 2014: In an upset for the ages, Chhattisgarh women toppled Indian Railways 77-81 in the finals of the 64th National Basketball Championship for Men and Women here. This is the first time in the last ten years that Indian Railways has failed to win the Senior National championship. The last time they finished runners up was in the 2002 Senior Nationals when they lost to Delhi in the summit clash.
Indian Railways were leading 23-12 and 45-38 in the first and second quarter respectively. Chhattisgarh managed to reduce the lead to 4 points in the third quarter and then edged past the defending champions in the final minutes of the game. Kavita scored 25 points with 13 rebounds, Saranjeet Kaur 20, Bharti Netam 16 and Deepa L (three 3-pointers) finished with 11 points for the winning side. Anju Lakra scored 23, Geethu Anna Jose 17, Pushpa M 11 and Raja Priyadharshini added 11 to the Indian Railways total.
In the men’s finals, Riken Pethani scored 22, Pratham Singh 18, S.Prasanna 15, Revi Vineeth scored 11 and Tamil Nadu beat Punjab 74-57 to lift the winning trophy. Palpreet Singh scored 19, Gurukripal Singh 12 and Amritpal Singh finished with 11 for Punjab. TN looked in total control from beginning to end of the match to seal the much deserved victory. Punjab, which had relied on explosive guard Ranbir Singh in the earlier matches, found him wanting in this crucial title game.
The winners have taken home Rs 150,000 while the first and second runners-up received Rs 1,00,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively. Rikin Pethani of Tamil Nadu and Kavita Kumari of Chhattisgarh were awarded the Harish Sharma Most Valuable Player Award.