Two Maharashtra players in yellow block the shot of Karnataka in the junior men's section.

Two Maharashtra players in yellow block the shot of Karnataka in the junior men’s section.

Kochi, 28th May 2014: Punjab and Delhi boys continued their winning ways in the 65th Junior National Basketball Championship that is underway at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra in Kochi, Kerala. The two finalists from last year are on course for a repeat finals this year, especially considering the ease of their victories today. Defending champion Delhi’s Sunil stood out with a 41 point performance in his side’s dominant 104-72 win over Kerala. Delhi’s ultra efficient style of play, balanced attack and superb level of athleticism that is maintained for four straight quarters saw them overwhelm hosts Kerala. Underlining their intent to go one better than last year when they finished runners up, Punjab boys coasted to their second straight win by beating Odisha 116-45.

Kerala and Chhattisgarh girls too are on course to finish atop their respective pools. Home team Kerala too got the better of Madhya Pradesh 91-67. Chhattisgarh put aside the meek challenge offered by Punjab with a blistering 36-12 fourth quarter scoring run to win easily by a 104-64 margin. International Sharanjeet Kaur top scored with 39 points.

Putting behind morale sapping losses from the previous day, junior women from Maharashtra and Karnataka registered memorable first wins. Maharashtra’s Malayalee captain Sruthi Menon top scored with 24 points as her side beat Haryana 63-56. Both Haryana and Maharashtra are now locked 1-1 after two round robin games. Karnataka junior women beat last year’s semifinalist Tamil Nadu, 88-65, thanks to the scintillating performance of former youth international Bhadavya’s 42 points. To everyone’s surprise, traditionally strong TN girls have now fallen to their third straight loss.

Maharashtra girls Coach Lalit Nahata is animated in a team huddle. After today's win over Haryana, Maharashtra is now 1-1 in this championship.

Maharashtra girls Coach Lalit Nahata is animated in a team huddle. After today’s win over Haryana, Maharashtra is now 1-1 in this championship, with two league matches still to go.

The Junior Maharashtra men’s team won as well thanks to their speedy and busy guards who forced Karnataka into a numerous turnovers. Such was the defensive pressure of Maharashtra that at times, Karnataka struggled to cross the ball into its frontcourt. Late last evening, Kerala jr women stayed undefeated by beating Maharashtra 74-58. With its perfect 2-0 record, Kerala jr women are on top of Group B in the upper pool.

From the lower pools (Level 2), the toppers of each of the four groups (C, D, E and F) will play against each other in a bid to progress to Level 1. In the junior men’s section, Rajasthan (C1) will play West Bengal (F1) and Andhra Pradesh (D1) will take on Bihar (E1) and in the junior women’s section it will be Himachal Pradesh (C1) vs. WB (F1) and Delhi (D1) vs. Uttarakhand (E1).

A separate loser’s knockout tournament will also begin from tomorrow for all the lower pool teams that failed to qualify to the main draw.

Results from Day 3 (28/5/14)

Men

1)      Himachal Pradesh (Sahil Bali 22, Rishab 15) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Akashvir 19, Jaskirat Singh 13, Pranav 12) 73-60 [20-15; 19-10; 12-20; 22-17]

2)      Gujarat (Shahzad 31, Samjaysinh 12) bt Puducherry (AR Murali 19, Aniruddha 14) 78-66 [26-23; 11-9; 24-22; 17-10]

3)      Maharashtra (Kalbhor 21, Sandhu 18) bt Karnataka (Sachin 22, Sawkin 16) 83-76 [19-15; 19-18; 20-19; 25-27]

4)      Madhya Pradesh (Shubham 27, Himanshli 18)bt Chhattisgarh (Rajat 14, Rajesh 13, Shiv Kumar 13) 72-59 [19-11; 22-17; 17-21; 14-10]

5)      Punjab (Gurwinder Singh Gill 17, Arjun 17) bt Odisha (Aditya Pradhan 13, Sahid Khan 12) 116-45 [35-11; 29-8; 25-14; 27-12]

6)      Delhi (Sunil 41, Gaurav Ohlan 16) bt Kerala (Amal Anto 20, Sonu J 15) 104-72 [23-17; 22-15; 16-22; 33-18]

7)      West Bengal (Sagar 25, Kishan 12) bt Assam (Juber P 21, Bijit Kalita 16) 74-61 [25-15; 19-14; 17-17; 13-15]

8)      Uttarakhand (Suraj N 26, Arpit 20) bt Goa (Shaikh 18) 79-41 [26-16; 22-9; 18-8; 13-8]

9)      Uttar Pradesh (Shailesh 13, Ashanis 10) bt Chandigarh (Harkirat 13, Gurpreet 12) 64-47 [22-11; 20-9; 11-13; 11-14]

Women

1)      Maharashtra (Sruthi 24, Rutuja 9) bt Haryana (Suman 24, Bharti 22) 63-56 [10-16; 18-15; 16-12; 19-13]

2)      Odisha (Urbashi 21, Jayashree 18) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Pearl Sharma 11, Mamta Mishra 11) 65-27 [28-8; 14-6; 8-9; 15-4]

3)      Karnataka (Bhandavya 42, Lopamudra 13) bt Tamil Nadu (Hemalatha 13, Srividya 12) 88-65 [31-17; 25-16; 18-16; 14-16]

4)      Gujarat (Tulika Bisht 23) bt Puduchery (Pratyusha 10, Suganya 9)47-23 [8-7; 9-2; 12-10; 18-4]

5)      Uttarakhand (Tanaz Shergil 15, Palakh Sharma 10) bt Goa (Rachel 12, Afran 11) 44-42  [12-11; 12-10; 12-3; 8-18]

6)      West Bengal (Rashmi 23, Steffy Jose 15) bt Chandigarh (Akshita 22, Kensiya 13) 74-55 [23-14; 14-13; 14-13; 23-15]

7)      Kerala (Pooja Mol KS 19, Elizabeth Hilarious 18, Vimala 18) bt Madhya Pradesh (Pandey S 32, Rathore PS 23) 91-67 [18-22; 26-15; 24-13; 23-17]

8)      Chhattisgarh (Sharanjeet Kaur 39, Riya Verma 24, Kavita Akula 15) bt Punjab (Kulwinder Kaur 18, Samriti 18) 104-64 [23-15; 24-18; 21-19; 36-12]

Late Evening Results from Day 2 (27/5/14)

Men

1)      West Bengal (Anka Saha 29, Raghav Saigal 25, Sagan Joshi 23) bt Chandigarh (Naveen 21, Deepak Garg 12, Harkirat Singh 10) 89-58 [28-11; 12-22; 25-14; 24-11]

Women

1)      Kerala (Arathi 21, Poojamol 12)bt Maharashtra (Sruthi 17, Ishwari 17) 74-58 [20-8; 15-13; 13-16; 26-21]

2)      Uttar Pradesh (Barkha S 29, Garima 22, Preeti Kumari 21)bt Tamil Nadu (Sreevidya 33, Hemalatha 19) 89-83 [30-11; 17-30; 19-19; 23-23]

3)      West Bengal (Rupkatha 16, Pratyusha 10) bt Bihar (Steffy Jose 4) 61-11 [13-4; 12-2; 16-3; 20-2]