September 30, 2014: Basketball Federation of India (BFI) in collaboration with IMG Reliance recently launched its two leagues, designed for college and school students – Indian School Basketball League (ISBL) and Indian College Basketball League (ICBL). The school league commenced today in Indore and New Delhi.
Day One of the Premier League saw the boys’ team from host campus Modern School, Barakhamba team opposite St. Thomas School. The home side won their match by an easy margin of 30 – 10. Next match was played between the DPS, Mathura Road and Bluebells School, where DPS succeeded by 11 – 9. In the last match for the day, Bal Bharti School, Ganga Ram challenged DPS, RK Puram, where the latter emerged as the winner by 32-19.
In Indore, The Bhavans P.School met Shri Gujarati Samaj School, New Digamber Public School took on Delhi Public School Indore, Advanced Academy played The Emerald Heights. The Bhavans P. School, Delhi Public School Indore and Advanced Academy School emerged as winners with scores of 39 – 19, 32 – 9 and 37 – 32, respectively.
Among girls, Colonel’s Academy played Delhi Public School, Indore, where DPS won by a score of 20 – 12, New Digamber Public School was defeated by The Bhavans P. School, with a scoreline of 14 – 8. Choithram School, North Campus and Advanced Academy match went down to the wire. Advanced Academy survived the close duel 34 – 30.
Talking about the commencement of the league, Mrs. Roopam Harish Sharma, CEO, Basketball Federation of India, who was present at Delhi Public School, Indore to boost the confidence of the players, said, “It is a great experience to witness the energy and enthusiasm in young blood of our country. I am sure each one of them is a winner in one way or another, we just need platforms like Indian School Basketball and Indian College Basketball league, which provides opportunities for this talent to propagate.”
Joining Mrs. Roopam Harish Sharma for the opening ceremony were Mrs. B.J.M. Sharma, Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Basketball Association and its secretary Mr. Kulwinder Singh Gill.
Premier League: Results
Boys: Bal Bharti School, Ganga Ram lost to DPS, RK Puram 19 – 32
Girls: Modern School beat St. Thomas School 30 – 10; DPS, Mathura Rd beat Bluebells International School 11 – 9
Boys: The Bhavans P.School beat Shri Gujarati Samaj School 39 – 19 (Hayank Barde – 8 pts, Narendra Negi – 8 pts); New Digamber Public School lost to Delhi Public School Indore 9 – 32 (Tushar Pathak – 6 pts, Naman Mishra – 6 pts; Advanced Academy beat The Emerald Heights School 37 – 32 (Arun Singh – 15 pts)
Girls: Colonel’s Academy lost to Delhi Public School, Indore 12 – 20 (Gauravi Haharishi – 8 pts, Sanjana Pani – 8 pts); New Digamber Public School lost to The Bhavans P. School 8 – 14 (Ranisha Sharma – 8 pts); Choithram School, North Campus lost to Advanced Academy 30 – 34 (Nikita Raut – 22 pts)
Next Day Fixtures: October 1, 2014 (Venue: Modern School, Barakhamba)
Delhi: Boys: Modern School, Barakhamba vs Bal Bharti School, Ganga Ram Marg (11:00 AM); Blue Bells International School vs DPS, RK Puram (12:00 AM)
Delhi: Girls: St. Thomas School, Mandir Marg, vs DPS, RK Puram (09:00 AM); Modern School, Barakhamba vs Blue Bells International (10:00 AM)