Karnataka player (in yellow) stopping and popping on the break against Punjab (in orange).

Karnataka player (in yellow) stopping and popping on the break against Punjab (in orange).

The last day of the league stages of the 31st Youth National Basketball Championship saw some intense action as the teams fought for places in the quarterfinals. The Kerala boys picked up a 89-75 win over Maharashtra today morning to secure their place in the quarterfinals.

Later in the day, the main indoor court of the tournament witnessed its first extra-time game between the Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh boys’ teams. There was nothing to separate the two teams at the end of regular time, but Uttar Pradesh scored 3 more points in extra time, to come away with a 78-75 win. Uttar Pradesh has now earned a quarterfinal matchup against Kerala tomorrow, while Madhya Pradesh will face the Chhattisgarh boys team tomorrow morning in the pre-quarterfinals. The winner of this match will advance to the quarterfinals and will face the Delhi team later in the evening. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu will compete against each other in the other pre-quarterfinal tomorrow morning, and the winner of this match will compete in the quarterfinals against Punjab late tomorrow evening.

Among the girls teams, Maharashtra beat Uttar Pradesh 51-39 today to assure itself of a place in the quarterfinals. The Haryana girls defeated the West Bengal girls team by a huge margin of 37 points, 69-32, but will have to face another hurdle before the quarterfinals in a pre-quarterfinal match tomorrow against Delhi. The winner will face the Kerala girls in the quarterfinals.

In the most dramatic news of the day, the Madhya Pradesh girls pulled off a stunning upset against the Chhattisgarh team on the back of Sakshi Pandey’s 49 points. Madhya Pradesh won the game 83-63 to seal a place in the quarterfinals against the Karnataka girls. The other pre-quarterfinal will see Andhra Pradesh facing Punjab and the winner of this game will face Tamil Nadu in the quarterfinals. The other quarterfinalists in the girls category are Karnataka and Chhattisgarh.

Few teams that were in the upper pool entering this tournament have been relegated to the lower pool for next year’s championship. In the boys category, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have been relegated and will face each other tomorrow to decide their lower pool ranking for next year. In the girls category, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have been relegated to the lower pool and will also compete tomorrow to decide their ranking for the 2015 championship.

A complete list of results of the matches held on 11th October 2014 up to 6.30 p.m. is as follows:

Girls:

  1. Maharashtra (Neha S. 16) bt Uttar Pradesh (Shreyasi Vats 23) 51-39 (19-14, 23-5, 9-5, 0-15)
  2. Andhra Pradesh (M. Laxmi Sravanti 26) bt Delhi (Gurkiran 18) 60-50 (13-5, 8-13, 15-18, 24-14)
  3. Haryana (Surya 23) bt West Bengal (Saheli P. 6) 69-32 (24-13, 22-7, 17-6, 6-6)
  4. Karnataka (Bhumika 19) bt Punjab (Sakshi 14, Rajandeep 14) 64-49 (20-13, 18-17, 19-10, 7-19)
  5. Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 49) bt Chhattisgarh (Gulabsha 21) 83-63 (24-20, 15-13, 26-13, 18-17)
  6. Goa (F. Rodrigues 22) bt Odisha (U. Mallik 20) 40-36 (7-14, 4-4, 10-12, 19-6)
  7. Rajasthan (Mahima 21) bt Gujarat (Arti Godhani 11) 44-29 (14-7, 19-6, 5-7, 6-9)

Boys:

  1. Tamil Nadu (R. Hariram 14) bt Chhattisgarh (M. Das 18) 67-53 (21-11, 20-13, 20-15, 6-14)
  2. Kerala (Hari Krishnan 20) bt Maharashtra (Mearaj 28) 89-75 (22-14, 20-17, 19-24, 28-20)
  3. Haryana (Sonu Kumar 22) bt Andhra Pradesh (B. Neeraj Kumar 18) 75-43 (30-17, 29-13, 11-6, 5-7)
  4. Uttar Pradesh (Dheeraj M. 34) bt Madhya Pradesh (Yadonata Singh 24) 78-75 (25-13, 15-20, 11-10, 13-21, Extra time 14-11)
  5. Mizoram (Zorinsanga 13) bt Bihar (Nitesh 10) 50-35 (18-11, 14-4, 6-11, 12-9)
  6. Himachal Pradesh (Sahil 14) bt Uttarakhand (Praichar 17) 66-55 (13-6, 15-16, 20-16, 18-17)

The tentative schedule for the matches to be held on 12th October 2014 is as follows:

Date: 12-10-2014 (SUNDAY)

 Court – 1 

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
PRE QUARTER FINALS
98 A 4 – PUNJAB Vs B 5 –ANDHRA PRADESH GIRLS 07.00 AM
99 A 4 – MAHARASHTRA Vs B 5 – TAMIL NADU BOYS 08.30 AM
LEVEL – I :     QUARTERFINALS
100 A 3- MAHARASHTRA Vs B 2 – CHHATTISGARH GIRLS 10.00 AM
101 A 3 – KERALA Vs B 2 – UTTAR PRADESH BOYS 11.30 AM
102 B 3 – MADHYA PRADESH Vs A 2 – KARNATAKA GIRLS 01.00 PM
103 B 3 – RAJASTHAN Vs A 2 – HARYANA BOYS 02.30 PM
104 A 1 – KERALA Vs W/O (B 4 X A 5) GIRLS 04.00 PM
105 A 1 – DELHI Vs W/O (B 4 X A 5) BOYS 05.30 PM
106 B 1 – TAMIL NADU Vs W/O (A 4 x B 5) GIRLS 07.00 PM
107 B 1 – PUNJAB Vs W/O (A 4 X B 5) BOYS 08.30 PM

 

Court – 2 

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
 PRE-QUARTERFINALS 
108 B 4 – MADHYA PRADESH Vs A 5 – CHHATTISGARH BOYS 07.00 AM
 LEVEL-1  to  LEVEL-2 
109 A5 – ANDHRA PRADESH Vs B5 – KARNATAKA BOYS 08.30 AM

 

Court – 3 

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
 PRE-QUARTERFINALS 
110 B 4 – HARYANA Vs A 5 – DELHI GIRLS 07.00 AM
 LEVEL-1  to  LEVEL-2 
111 A5 – UTTAR PRADESH Vs B5 – WEST BENGAL GIRLS 08.30 AM

About the 31st Youth National Basketball Championship

The Youth National Basketball Championship is an annual basketball tournament for the U-17 teams of boys and girls from various states of the country. This year’s tournament, being the 31st version, is taking place in Chandigarh from the 7th to the 14th of October, 2014. The tournament is being held under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India and IMG-Reliance and is being conducted by the Chandigarh Basketball Association. The venue for the tournament is the recently constructed multi-facility sports complex in Sector 42, Chandigarh along with two other basketball courts located in the Government College for Women, Sector 42, Chandigarh and the Gurunanak Dev Public School, Sector 36, Chandigarh. There are 25 boys teams and 24 girls teams taking part in this year’s championship, which will witness 130 matches in all. Last year’s tournament, in the boys category, was won by team Delhi, with Rajasthan finishing runners up. In the girls category, team Kerala were last year’s winners and Tamil Nadu finished in second place.