The Maharashtra junior men's squad is ecstatic after beating fancied Punjab 91-73.

The Maharashtra junior men’s squad is ecstatic after beating fancied Punjab 91-73.

Kochi, 29th May 2014: Three of the four quarterfinalists are now confirmed in the junior men’s section in the 65th National Basketball Championship for Junior Men and Women 2014 that is underway at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kadavanthra, Kochi. In the junior men’s section, Delhi, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh (from Group A) and Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Punjab (from Group B) are through to the knockouts.

In a day of upsets, Maharashtra boys stunned last year’s runners up Punjab 91-73 to register their second straight win. Defending champs Delhi boys too fell to Chhattisgarh 66-22. Already assured of their place in the quarterfinals, Delhi boys lacked the energy to compete against a hungrier Chhattisgarh side that was looking for its first win in the tournament in order to avoid relegation to the lower level (Level 2).

The day undoubtedly belonged to the boys from Maharashtra. With the Maharashtra Coach Nasir Ansari telling his players to “Bindaas Jaake Khelna” (Hindi for “just go out and have fun”), the much shorter Maharashtra players tied up the taller Punjab line up in knots through all four quarters. With crisp ball movement, imaginative passing (that included numerous behind the back passes and once even through the legs of an opposing player!), multiple steals and excellent help defense, Maharashtra frustrated the much vaunted boys from the north for four straight quarters. After this match, Maharashtra has completed all its league games and has qualified to the quarters with a 3-1 record. Its sole loss coming against Tamil Nadu. Punjab is now 2-1 in the tournament with one league match remaining.

In the other Level 1 match, local Kerala boys fell to their third straight defeat against Haryana 80-68. Pardeep top scored for the winners with 27 points.

In the junior women’s section, Kerala continued its impressive run of form by thoroughly outplaying Haryana 65-30. Kerala women are now 3-0 unlike their male counterparts who are languishing 0-3 after their third straight loss, this time to Haryana 80-68. Kerala junior women are now assured of a quarterfinal berth and will be joined there by Maharashtra who beat Rajasthan today 105-73.

Results from Day 4 (29/5/14)

Level 1 Matches (Elite level)

Men

1)      Haryana (Pardeep 27, Jasbir 17) bt Kerala (Akhil AR 14, Sonuj J 13) 80-68 [16-20; 17-14; 23-20; 24-14]

2)      Maharashtra (Parab Harshal 25, Sandhu Samson 18, Salman Qureshi 17, Vaishak Nambiar 16) bt Punjab (Gurwinder 23, Arshpreet 17) 91-73 [24-20; 19-11; 22-19; 23-26]

3)      Chhattisgarh (Anil Kumar 18, Rajat Srivastava 16) bt Delhi (Narender 20, Sukrit 12, Sunil 11) 66-62 [12-15; 22-13; 15-24; 17-10]

Women

1)      Kerala (Amrutha 15, Aishwarya 13)bt Haryana (Bharti 9, Manisha 7) 65-30 [19-9; 20-10; 18-7; 8-4]

2)      Maharashtra (Sruthi Menon 27, Charmi 16, Ishwari 14) bt Rajasthan (Isha S 24, Kamaljit 22) 105-73 [21-17; 28-22; 30-16; 26-18]

Level 2 Matches (Lower level)

Men

1)      Rajasthan (Mahipal Singh 26, Akhilesh Kumar 22) bt West Bengal (Sagar 38, Raghav 23) 104-83 [23-17; 23-13; 33-23; 25-30]

2)      Andhra Pradesh (David 17, Peter 12) bt Bihar (Iman Ali 12) 55-32 [24-2; 12-9; 6-13; 13-8]

Women

1)      West Bengal (Rashmi 21, Pratyusha 19, Steffy 19) bt Himachal Pradesh (Munisha 28, Indu Bala 21, Mahima 14) 84-75 [17-16; 17-17; 18-19; 32-23]

2)      Delhi (Soumya 26, Nishita 14) bt Uttarakhand (Ridhima 11, Anushree 8) 67-36 [18-9; 13-7; 16-14; 20-6]

Loser’s knockout tournament (for lower level teams who have been knocked out of the main tournament)

Men

1)      Goa (Shaikh 35, Shaun 18) bt Himachal Pradesh (Sahil Bali 27, Saurav 18)  78-74 [16-18; 21-21; 20-23; 21-12]

2)      Uttar Pradesh (Shivan 25, Atal Rai 13, Abhinav 13) bt Puducherry (Murali 43, Aniruddha 16)  87-79 [17-10; 17-19; 24-22; 29-28]

3)      Jammu & Kashmir (Sumer 24, Amanjot 12, Akashveer 12) bt Uttarakhand (Rishev 36, Mayank 18) 81-73 [24-26; 15-16; 21-11; 21-20]

Women

1)      Odisha (Jayashree 15, Urbashi 14) bt Goa (Franzila 11, Hannah 10) 42-31 [18-4; 7-0; 10-12; 7-15]

2)      Gujarat  (Tulika Bisht 14, Shradha Patel 13) bt Bihar (Tarul 4) 59-11 [13-6; 19-2; 14-2; 13-1]

3)      Andhra Pradesh (Meenakshi 19, Shreetha 19) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Aahima Tandon 6) 70-21 [23-9; 27-5; 10-4; 10-3]

Late Evening Results from Day 3 (28/5/14)

Men

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

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

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

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

Women

1)      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]

2)      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]