Babykutty, Kochi: The hugely popular college basketball and youth festival 3 on 3 NBA Jam concluded at Sacred Heart CMI Public School, Thevara with two teams from Assumption College, Changanacherry finishing as winners and runners up in the women’s section. In the men’s section, Mar Baselios College of Engineering took the men’s title while St V Berchmens College, Changancherry was the runners up.

NBA Jam 2014 winners and runner up Assumption College Changancherry with Regional Sports Center Secretary Manohara Prabhu, Sunny PJ and Adv Salim

NBA Jam 2014 winners and runner up Assumption College Changancherry A and B teams, with Regional Sports Centre Secretary Manohara Prabhu, Sunny PJ and Adv Salim

In the women’s section, four teams had qualified to the final round robin league: Assumption College A and B teams along with St Xaviers College, Aluva and St Josephs College, Irijalakuda. In the the final league stages Assumption A beat B 12-5, Assumption A bt St Josephs 12-8, Assumption B beat St Xaviers 7-3, St Xaviers beat St Joseph Irinjalakuda 10-7, St Josephs beat Assumption A 10-7 which resulted in a double tie between the two Assumption colleges, at which point Assumption A was declared as champions.

NBA Jam Winner at Kochi Mar Baselios Engineering College Thiruvananthapuram

NBA Jam Winner at Kochi Mar Baselios Engineering College Thiruvananthapuram

In the men’s section the four teams that qualified to the final round robin league were Mar Baselios College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram, St Berchmens College, Changancherry A and B teams and Marian College, Kuttikkanam. In these matches, Mar Baselios emerged as champions beating Marian College, Kuttikkanam  13-5 and St Berchmens College A team 11-8.  St Berchmens College A team beat Marian 12-8, St Berchmens College B team beat Marian College Kuttikannam 12-7 and lost to their A team 4-7 and to Mar Baselios team 6-12, while Marian lost all their engagements in the final round robin league.

NBA Jam Kochi Runner up St Berchmens College Changanacherry

NBA Jam Kochi Runners up St Berchmens College Changanacherry

The trophies and prizes were distributed by Manohara Prabhu, Secretary Regional Sports Center, Kadavanthara.

The champions will now proceed to Hyderabad for the zonal finals of the NBA Jam.

More than 100 teams participated in this two day event that also featured music and entertainment competitions like graffiti, DJ-spin off, B-boy dancing, and more. This year, NBA Jam is going to be held across a remarkable 16 Indian cities, spanning the length and breadth of India and involving a greater number of young Indian basketball fanatics than ever before. This year’s NBA Jam is being sponsored by Jabong, who will also invite some of the lucky participants to earn internships with the company. Like last year, the crucial events and the finals of the tournament will be broadcast on Sony SIX.

Gopalakrishnan R
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