|Sunday – April 13th, 2014|
|FINAL. SR WINS.|
Tournament: 17th All India Advani Memorial Basketball Tournament ’14 Venue: Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur
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|South East Central Railway, Bilaspur||17||30||42||47||47|
|Southern Railway, Chennai||19||50||63||75||75|
Play by Play
(*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]
The first final of the evening between Southern Railway Chennai and South East Central Railway Bilaspur saw SECR being aggressive in the initial few minutes through some fast breaks and outside shooting by Seema Singh and Anju Lakra. Southern though would answer right back mainly through shooting guard Adhirai who kept connecting repeatedly from three point territory. Southern Railway’s simple strategy over the last decade has been to revolve their offense around international superstar centre Geethu Anna Jose. Against domestic opposition, Geethu is unguardable on a one to one basis.
In today’s final, SECR were perhaps too respectful of Geethu’s pedigree and kept double teaming her, which freed up Southern’s remaining players. As bad luck would have it for SECR, Adhirai couldnt miss from long distance and shot as many as six three pointers to seal the match comfortably in Southern’s favour. Adhirai was rightly awarded the Most Valuable Player of the finals. Her teammate and captain Kokila Subramani was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
The winning teams, Southern Railway women and ONGC men, were awarded cash prizes of Rs 1,00,000/- each and the runners up, SECR Bilaspur women and IAF men, got Rs 50,000/-. The trophies, cash prizes and individual medals were distributed by Chief Guest Chanda Kochhar, CEO, ICICI Bank. It is to be noted that this tournament is named after her father, the late Professor Shri RM Advani who was the first Director of MNIT.
A shoutout to the MNIT student body for successfully administering the tournament from start to finish. The Advani Tournament is perhaps India’s only senior invitational basketball tournament that is completely managed by students.
Women Final Results
Southern Railway Chennai 75 (Adhirai 18) bt South East Central Railway Bilaspur 47 (Anju Lakra 15)
Women Individual Awards
Tournament MVP- Kokila Subramani, Southern Railway
Pics will be uploaded soon.