Press Release, Sunday, 04 May 2014: After intense and closely fought final matches, school teams from Ludhiana and college teams from Chennai emerged winners in the inaugural BFI-IMG Reliance National School & College Basketball League 2014 that concludes later this evening at the Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.

Ludhiana wins both the School divisions

Government Senior Secondary School, Amritsar (School Girls winners). Photo Credit: Abhinav Jerath/BFI

Government Senior Secondary School, Amritsar (School Girls winners). Photo Credit: Abhinav Jerath/BFI

In the first final of the afternoon, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana pulled ahead in the third quarter against St Joseph HS, Chennai, after both teams were tied 27-27 at halftime. Ludhiana’s captain Samriti continued her scoring spree in the tournament and top scored with 24 points in today’s championship game. A distraught St Joseph High School, Chennai team looked inconsolable after the tough four point loss.

Sr Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana (School boys winners). MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai (College women winners) resized

Sr Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana (School boys winners). MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai (College women winners). Photo credit: Abhinav Jerath/BFI.

The second school finals was a rematch between the boys teams of Sr Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana and Fr. Agnels School, Mumbai was an engrossing battle between two teams that were completely different in playing sides. Sr Nav Bharti had already beaten Agnels earlier in the league stages and coming into the finals, Sr Nav Bharti were unbeaten and on a roll, having breached the 100 point scoring barrier in their last two matches. Tonight, they fell three points short of triple digits, but the final 97-85 scoreline doesn’t convey just how close the match was. While Sr Nav Bharti depended heavily on their two junior international players, centre Gurwinder Singh Gill and point guard Loveneet Atwal, the undersized Fr. Agnels were led by a super human effort by point guard Rohon, who shot an incredible 11 three pointers for 37 points in total. As far as the spirit of basketball is concerned, both teams were winners in our books.

Chennai capture college titles

MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai (College women winners). Photo credit: Abhinav Jerath/BFI

MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai (College women winners). Photo credit: Abhinav Jerath/BFI

The third final was the most nail biting of them all with MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai Women pulling off a stunning one point victory over SBM Jain College, Bengaluru. With only a few seconds left in the match, MOP Vaishnav’s captain Diviya showed great composure in a pressure cooker atmosphere, to knock down her freethrow and take her side to a memorable 74-73 win.

Jeppiar Institute of Technology (JIT) Chennai (College men winners). Photo credit: Abhinav Jerath/BFI

Jeppiar Institute of Technology (JIT) Chennai (College men winners). Photo credit: Abhinav Jerath/BFI

The last final of the evening between the college men’s teams of Jeppiar Institute of Technology, Chennai and Government College for Boys, Ludhiana promised to be a cliffhanger from the opening tip, and the two teams didn’t disappoint. Jeppiar and GCB, Ludhiana had already played in the earlier league stages with Jeppiar winning that match by a single point. Tonight, unbelievably, they raised the excitement bar, with the match going into overtime after the two teams were tied at 74 all at the end of regulation. Ludhiana’s senior international centre Palpreet Singh was dominant as expected with 42 points and countless boards, but it was Jeppiar’s point guard Arun Hari who stole the show with his excellent long range shooting and freethrows in the extra time which sealed the title for Chennai.

All four winning teams from the four categories (school girls, school boys, college women and college men) were awarded Rs 1,00,000/- each, runners up took home Rs 75,000/- and the third placed teams received Rs 50,000/-.  Winning teams in each category also received trophies and medals for their efforts.

The final day also witnessed a thirty minute exhibition training session by the Senior National Men’s Team for the benefit of the promising young school and college participants of these national championships. The players performed a series of layup, passing and shooting drills that culminated in a ten minute full court practise match, with the crowds cheering every dunk made by India’s finest players.

Most Valuable Players

School girls: Gagandeep Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School, Amritsar

School boys: Gurwinder Singh of Sr. Nav Bharti School, Ludhiana

College women: Gomathi K of MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai

College men: P Vijay of Jeppiar Institute of Technology, Chennai

 

RESULTS FROM DAY FIVE (Sunday, 04 May 2014)

FINALS

School Girls

1)      Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana 59 (Samriti 24, Gagandeep 20) bt St Joseph HS, Chennai 55 (Devi 27,  [QT wise scores: 15-14; 12-13; 19-12; 13-16]

School Boys

1)      Sr Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana 97 (Gurwinder 39, Loveneet 26)  bt Fr Agnel School, Mumbai 85 (Rohon 37, Tanmay 16, Varun 13) [QT wise scores: 20-18; 24-26; 19-17; 34-24]

College Women

1)      MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai 74 (Gomathi 37, Akshaya 18, Mildred 13) bt SBM Jain College, Bengaluru (Simonelle 33, Sindhuri 16, Amrutha 9) [QT wise scores: 18-18; 14-17; 21-16; 21-22]

College Men

1)      Jeppiar Institute of Technology, Chennai 88 (Arun Hari 28, Shashank 24) bt Government College, Ludhiana 85 (Palpreet Singh 42, Harmandeep 31) [QT wise scores: 12-22; 27-13; 15-18; 20-21; 14-11 (OT)]

3RD & 4TH PLACE MATCHES

School Girls

1)      Modern School, New Delhi 65 (Madhu Kumari 34, Ananya S 17) bt Bishop Cotton High School, Bangalore (Shanice 15, Aksa 13, Lopamudra 12)  [QT wise scores: 9-16; 22-11; 14-17; 21-17]

School Boys

1)      Oxford School, New Delhi 85 (Saurav 24, Abhishek 23)  bt The Bhavan’s Prominent, Indore 71 (Laxman 39, Mayank 15) [QT wise scores: 29-14; 14-18; 15-21; 27-18]

College Women

1)      Government College, Ludhiana 72 (bt Renaissance College, Indore [QT wise scores: 21-10; 14-8; 24-3; 13-12]

College Men

1)      SBM Jain College, Bangalore 98 (Vinoth 31, Visu 22, Kaif 17) bt Kirori Mal College, New Delhi 85 (Harish 31, Aditya 22, Dheeraj 14) [QT wise scores: 20-22; 22-20; 28-14; 28-29]

SEMIFINALS

College Women

1)      SBM Jain College, Bangalore 93 (Simonelle 47, Sindhuri 12, Sandhya 9) bt Government College, Ludhiana 70 (Nirmal 35, Nagma 27)  [QT wise scores: 13-10; 30-13; 25-23; 27-22]

College Men

1)      Government College, Ludhiana 94 (Harmandeep 27, Palpreet Singh 21)  bt SBM Jain College, Bengaluru 90 (Yashas 20, Vinoth 15, Vishu P 14) [QT wise scores: 22-19; 25-17; 24-29; 23-25]

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About the 1st BFI-IMG Reliance School & College Basketball League

The Basketball Federation of India along with IMG Reliance is hosting the 1st BFI-IMG Reliance National School & College Basketball League for Boys & Girls 2014 in New Delhi from 30th April to 4th May 2014. Thirty-two teams from eight cities of India i.e. Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ludhiana, Indore, Kolkata and Bengaluru will be participating. The top teams i.e. the winners of the school and college league from each of the above mentioned cities will be competing for the honour of being crowned national champions.

This tournament will provide new and promising talent from the grassroots level an opportunity to showcase their skills, and in turn develop and promote the game of basketball, which is the endeavour of the BFI- IMG Reliance collaboration. Competition at this age will give the much needed boost to budding players to catch the eye of the selectors, and use this as a platform to make their mark at the National Level for their respective States. An event of such magnitude will go a long way in raising the bar of the organization and standard of the game among the students, enabling them to take up careers in basketball professionally.

The interest and well being of players and officials is of foremost importance to the BFI and they will be provided with comfortable boarding, AC lodging on a sharing basis and local transport (in AC buses) from a day prior to one day after the championship for a contingent comprising 12 players and 2 team officials. International FIBA qualifiers Indian referees have been invited to officiate and help in the governance of matches in the fairness of stiff competition among the cream of basketball players from these eight cities.

The event is expected to become bigger with time as the number of cities increases every year from far and wide across India. The whole idea is to expand the horizon of basketball to the remotest of places in our country.

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/-.

GROUPINGS

SCHOOL BOYS

POOL A POOL B
Bangalore (Delhi Public School, South) Chennai (Velammal High School)
Indore (The Bhavan’s Prominent) Hyderabad (Oakridge International School)
Kolkata (La Martiniere High School) Ludhiana (Sr. Nav Bharti Public School)
New Delhi (Oxford School) Mumbai (Fr. Agnel School & Jr. College)

SCHOOL GIRLS

POOL A POOL B
Bangalore (Bishop Cotton High School) Chennai (St. Joseph High School)
Indore ( Emerald Heights International School) Hyderabad (Chirec Public School)
Kolkata (Nalanda Vidyapeeth) Ludhiana (Government Girls Sr. Secondary School)
New Delhi (Modern School) Mumbai (St. Anthony High School)

 

COLLEGE MEN

POOL A POOL B
Bangalore (SBM Jain College) Chennai (Jeppiar Institute of Technology)
Indore (Islamiya Karmiya Degree College) Hyderabad (Loyola Academy)
Kolkata (IIT Kharagpur) Ludhiana (Government College)
New Delhi (Kirori Mal College) Mumbai (KC College)

COLLEGE WOMEN

POOL A POOL B
Bangalore (SBM Jain College) Chennai (MOP Vaishnav College)
Indore (Renaissance College) Hyderabad (Loyola Academy)
Kolkata (St. Xavier’s College) Ludhiana (Government College)
New Delhi (St Stephen’s College) Mumbai (Podar College)

 

About the Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 16 have been bestowed with the honor of Arjuna Award. More information at www.indiabasketball.org

Gopalakrishnan R
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