A-Government-College-Ludhiana-womens-player-in-white-drives-past-Podar-College-Mumbai. Photo courtesy: Abhinav Jerath/BFI.

A-Government-College-Ludhiana-womens-player-in-white-drives-past-Podar-College-Mumbai. Photo courtesy: Abhinav Jerath/BFI.

Press Release, New Delhi: The 1st BFI- IMG Reliance National School and College League 2014 has tipped off at the swanky Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. Thirty-two teams from eight cities in four categories (college men, college women, school girls & school boys) are vying for top national honours in this historic first edition of the national championship of India’s largest grassroots basketball competition. The winning teams from regional rounds held in eight different cities across India (Bengaluru, Delhi, Indore, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai) have qualified for these nationals.

In first day matches so far, teams from Bangalore, Punjab and Indore registered wins. Interestingly, in most of these matches, it was a case of the captains leading from the front. In their college league game, SBM Jain College’s captain Kaif Zia topscored with 22 points in his team’s easy 70-36 win over Islamiya Karmiya DC. In school matches, Samriti who is the captain of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Amritsar top scored with 26 points to lead her side in its 73-36 rout of St Anthony HS, Mumbai.  Bhavan’s Prominent Indore’s captain Laxman T registered 31 points in their opening win over DPS, Bangalore. Lopamudra TK, the youth (u-16) international girl’s player from Bishop Cotton HS, Bangalore scored 21 points to take her side to a six point win over Emerald Heights International, Indore.

After the conclusion of the morning matches, a formal inaugural ceremony was held at 5 pm with Dr D R Saini, the Principal of Delhi Public School, RK Puram as the Chief Guest. All teams marched past under their respective state flags from eight different states. Addressing the participants, Ms Roopam Harish Sharma, CEO BFI said, “It is important that all of you recognize this tremendous opportunity before you, of being part of the very first BFI IMG Reliance national championship for schools and colleges. If you perform well here, you have the chance to represent the country in the future. ” True to these words, senior head coaches of the national men’s and women’s squads Coach Scott Flemming and Coach Francisco Garcia were in attendance to scout for promising young talent.

Ms Sharma also announced that the winning teams from all categories will receive Rs 1,00,000/- as prize money, the runners up will receive Rs 75,000/- and the third place finishers will be awarded Rs 50,000/-.

Islamiya-Karmiya-DC-Indore-in-red-in-a-losing-effort-against-SBM-Jain-College-Bangalore. Photo credits: Abhinav Jerath/BFI

Islamiya-Karmiya-DC-Indore-in-red-in-a-losing-effort-against-SBM-Jain-College-Bangalore. Photo credits: Abhinav Jerath/BFI

League Results from Day 1 (30-4-14)

1)      Bhavan’s Prominent, Indore 75 (Laxman T 31, Shakib 25, Mayank B 16) bt Delhi Public School, Bangalore 70 (Siddharth M 19, Mukul M 16, Siddha 12) [QT wise scores: 11-10; 14-15; 23-24; 21-20; 6-1]

2)      SBM Jain College, Bangalore 52 (Sindhuri Shastri 17, Sandhya M 14, Simonelle D Souza 14) bt St Xavier’s College, Kolkata 18 (Sangeeta Singh 8, Jasmine Rao 5) [QT wise scores: 19-10; 17-5; 13-2; 3-1]

3)      Bishop Cotton HS, Bangalore 48 (Lopamudra TK 21, Aksa Iyer 14, Shanice Dias 9) bt Emerald Heights International, Indore 42 (Princy 21, Monal Singh 8, Isha C 6) [QT wise scores: 17-11; 11-10; 12-11; 8-10]

4)      Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Amritsar 73 (Samriti 26, Gagandeep 17, Davinder K 13) bt St. Anthony HS, Mumbai 36 (Anisha 11, Sheryl 11) [QT wise scores: 19-12; 22-10; 15-10; 14-4]

5)      SBM Jain College, Bangalore 70 (Kaif Zia 22, Vinoth Kumar P 18, Visu Palani 15) bt Islamiya Karmiya DC, Indore (Animesh Jain 15, Mohd. Arief Abbas 7, Gopal Singh 4) [QT wise scores: 27-5; 18-16; 15-9; 10-6]

6)      Navbharti Public School, Ludhiana 85 (Gurwinder Singh 18, Loveneet Singh 12) bt Fr. Agnel Mumbai 62 (Rohon 22, Tanmay 11) [QT wise scores: 35-15; 20-13; 14-16; 16-18]

7)      Ludhiana Government College 63 (Nirmal Kaur 14, Rajveer Kaur 13, Nagma Mirza 13) bt Podar College, Mumbai 45 (Sarah 23, Ankita 8) [QT wise scores: 13-13; 13-7; 17-12; 20-13]

8)      Ludhiana Government College 74 (Abhishek Rai 13, Harmandeep Singh 12, Palpreet Singh 11, Khushmeet Singh 11) bt KC College Mumbai (Paras Patil 14) [QT wise scores: 25-10; 19-6; 12-10; 18-14]

9)      Kirori Mal College, New Delhi 57 (Dheeraj 11, Aditya 10) bt IIT Kharagpur 41 (Rajan 14, Monish 9) [QT wise scores: 26-11; 12-16; 14-4; 10-5]

10)   St Joseph HS, Chennai 47 (Devi 15, Ishwarya 11, Nishanti 7) bt Chirec PS, Hyderabad 29 (Natasha Reddy 10, Sanhita Reddy 7, Dristi 6) [QT wise scores: 15-7; 10-8; 7-6; 15-8]

11)   Oxford School, New Delhi 76 (Sohal Gahlot 20, Saurav Yadav 19) bt La Mertiniere, Kolkata 56 (Raghav Sehgal 20, Gaurav Sachdev 7, Kshitij 6)  [QT wise scores: 20-18; 18-18; 16-10; 22-10]

12)   Modern School, New Delhi 56 (Madhu K 24,Ananya K 17) bt Nalanda Vidyapeeth, Kolkata 14 (Tumpa M 6) [QT wise scores: 23-4; 12-2; 6-4; 15-4]

13)   MOP Vaishnav College 59 (Mildred Freeman 13, Sneha Priya 7, Dniya P 7) bt Loyola Academy, Hyderabad 27 (Rama Mishra 7, Sneha Priya 7) [QT wise scores: 21-4; 13-7; 12-4; 13-12]

14)   Velammal Matriculate Higher Secondary School, Chennai 73 (Surya A 17, Lokesh M 17) bt Oakridge International School 58 (Anuj Goel 13, Harsha 9) [QT wise scores: 15-6; 21-10; 19-15; 18-27]

15)   Jeppiar Institute of Technology, Chennai 63 (Jaya 28, Arun Hari 10) bt Loyola Academy, Hyderabad 43 (Sri Ganesh 13, Chandrah 9) [QT wise scores: 17-16; 16-12; 18-9; 12-6]

16)  Renaissance College, Indore 40 (Akasha 13, Rashmi 10) bt St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata 36 (Kaizeen 14, Jasmine Rao 10)[QT wise scores: 11-8; 12-3; 7-19; 10-6]