UP jr women pulled off a stunning 67-65 victory over Maharashtra in the quarterfinals.

UP jr women pulled off a stunning 67-65 victory over Maharashtra in the quarterfinals.

Kochi, 31th May 2014: Defending champions Chhattisgarh junior women sleepwalked their way into the semifinals with a lopsided 119-61 victory over Delhi. Also making it to the semifinals is the Uttar Pradesh jr women’s team which registered an inspired 67-65 victory over Maharashtra despite its star player Preeti Kumari sitting out for half the match due to a leg injury she had sustained in the earlier league stages. Maharashtra captain Sruthi Menon’s 38 points were in vain as compared to UP’s guard duo of Barkha Sonkar (26 pts) and Preeti Kumari (17 pts).

In quarterfinal games played one after the other, the Punjab boys and girls teams recorded victories over Haryana sides. An extremely aggressive Punjab jr men’s side thundered into the semifinals with a 110-74 victory while the women won 82-70. In the other quarterfinal match, Maharashtra jr men continued their exciting run in the competition with a 90-77 win against Madhya Pradesh.

Rounding off the list of semifinals are Kerala jr women, Delhi and Tamil Nadu jr men. Kerala jr women beat Karnataka in a relatively low scoring match 65-45. However, in the course of securing this win, Kerala’s captain and current senior international Poojamol suffered a severe ligament sprain and a suspected fracture. It is unlikely that she will play in tomorrow’s semifinal.

Delhi jr boys held on to win against a surging Rajasthan side that made it to the quarterfinals all the way from the lower level (Level 2). This match was a battle between two rival international guards and captains: Narender Rathee for Delhi and Mahipal Singh for Rajasthan. Both these players lived upto their billing and led their respective sides in scoring. Narender had 29 while Mahipal scored 27.

In the last quarterfinal of the evening, the undefeated Tamil Nadu which was 4-0 from the league stages showed great mental fortitude to keep a buoyed Kerala homeside at bay. Battling a loud and partisan away crowd, TN is through to the semifinals with an 88-78 win.

Last year's runners up Punjab (in white) easily beat Haryana 110-74 to qualify to the semis.

Last year’s runners up Punjab (in white) easily beat Haryana 110-74 to qualify to the semis.

Results from Day 6 (31/5/14)

Quarterfinal Matches from Level 1 (Elite level)

Men

1)      Maharashtra (Siddique 22, Parab 19, Sandhu Samson 19, Vaishakh Nambiar 15) bt Madhya Pradesh (Shubham 24, Laxman Thapa 17, Lalit 13) 90-77 [24-20; 24-13; 15-20; 27-24]

2)      Punjab (Jaipal Singh 25, Arshpreet  Singh 27, Gurwinder Singh 22)bt Haryana(Rahul 22, Jasbir 15, Vicky 14)110–74 [28-12; 24-26; 26-14; 32-22]

3)      Delhi (Narender 29, Sunil 24) bt Rajasthan (Mahipal Singh 27, Akhilesh 18) 98-85 [27-22; 11-20; 30-24; 30-19]

4)      Tamil Nadu (Harish 24, Gabriel Jedidiah 24, Sivaram 20) bt Kerala (Akhil AR 37, Sonu J 13) 88-78 [18-24; 23-15; 23-24; 24-15]

Women

1)      Uttar Pradesh (Barkha 26, Preeti Kumari 17) bt Maharashtra (Sruthi Menon 38, Iswari Pingle 14) 67-65 [15-14; 17-10; 14-15; 21-26]

2)      Punjab  (Samriti 32, Kulvinder 22, Gagan D 11) bt Haryana (Bharati 39, Prince 15) 82-70 [10-17; 25-14; 23-12; 24-27]      

3)      Chhattisgarh (Sharanjeet Kaur 23, Kavita Akula 21, Riya Verma 20)bt Delhi (Saumya Babbar 14, Divya Dhawan 12) 119-61 [24-14; 34-12; 30-23; 31-12]

4)      Kerala (Elizabeth Hilarious 16, Poojamol 16)bt Karnataka (Bhandavya 19, Lopamudra 10) 65-45 [13-9; 22-7; 23-11; 7-18]

Pre-quarterfinal Matches

Men

1)      Kerala (Akhil AR 25, Prem Prakash 20, Sito M 14) bt Andhra Pradesh (Harsha 17, Peter 13, Neeraj 12) 91-65 [8-15; 35-12; 26-19; 22-19]

2)      Rajasthan (Mahipal Singh 30, Akhilesh 25) bt Karnataka (Sowkin Shetty 18, Bushan S 12) Anmol B 15,  92-71 [25-18; 28-19; 18-18; 21-16]

Women

1)      Karnataka (Bhandavya 17, Lopamudra 15, Bhoomika 12) bt West Bengal (Rashmi 23, Pratyusha 14) 85-59 [25-9; 17-18; 12-17; 31-15]

2)      Delhi (Soumya B 29, Varuni B 14, Jothi Rai 13, Nishita 13) bt Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 38, Shivangi 11) 78-74 [12-24; 18-21; 21-14; 27-15]

Level 1 to Level 2 (Matches between bottom placed Level 1 teams who have been relegated to Level 2 for next year)

Men

1)      Chhattisgarh (A Kumar 19, R Shrivastav 11)bt Odisha (KS Kumar 6, SS Bemera 6) 57-29 [26-6; 22-7; 3-6; 6-10]

Women

1)      Tamil Nadu (Srividhya 19, Sharmila 18, Shinu 17) bt Rajasthan (Nisha 22, Jagruthi 13) 84-63 [29-17; 25-15; 9-18; 21-13]

Late Evening Results from Day 5 (30/5/14)

Level 1 League Matches

Men

1)      Kerala (Amal Anto 24, Antony 21) bt Chhattisgarh (Dinesh M 16, Shiv Kumar 14) 81-54 [12-10; 22-16; 15-12; 32-16]

Gopalakrishnan R
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