Haryana's no. 9, Lalit (in blue), with the game winner in the final minute against Rajasthan (in maroon).

Haryana’s no. 9, Lalit (in blue), with the game winner in the final minute against Rajasthan (in maroon).

Chandigarh, 12th October 2014: The knockout rounds began with some dramatic events on the morning of day six of the 31st Youth National Basketball Championship here in Chandigarh. The day started with three pre-quarterfinal matches taking place simultaneously at the 3 courts being used for the tournament. The Andhra Pradesh girls comfortably defeated Punjab 67-41 to advance to the quarterfinals where they will face a strong Tamil Nadu girls team. The Haryana girls also cruised to an easy victory against Delhi 60-36 to reach the quarterfinals. However, they were routed by the Kerala girls team 70-21 in a lopsided contest later in the day.

In an unfortunate incident today morning, the Chhattisgarh girls team coach, Mr. Rajesh Patel, suffered an epileptic fit in the third quarter of the quarterfinal match between Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and his current status is stable and out of danger. The match continued with the Chhattisgarh girls playing with heavy hearts and being led by the assistant coaching staff. This match was tightly contested all the way and went down to the wire. The Maharashtra girls finally edged past Chhattisgarh 66-64 to advance to the semi-finals. The Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh girls squared off in their quarterfinal matchup today afternoon and Karnataka came out on top despite a 35-point display by Sakshi Pandey. Lopamudra top scored for the Karnataka girls with 26 points. Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra have thus far made it to the semi-finals in the girls category.

The first pre-quarterfinal for the boys saw Chhattisgarh beat neighbours Madhya Pradesh 76-61. Chhattisgarh will now face a formidable opponent in Delhi later today evening in the quarterfinals. The other pre-quarterfinal for the boys was between Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The largely one-sided contest, which had Tamil Nadu leading for most of the way, ended in an ugly brawl on the court. The official referee decision was to end the game as it stood, disqualify the Maharashtra team for initiating the disturbance and award the game to Tamil Nadu. Needless to state that Tamil Nadu, being up 20 points with 7 seconds left in the game, would have picked up the win either way. This may be a game that would be remembered for the wrong reasons, but it should be noted that Tamil Nadu have created a new tournament scoring record putting up 113 points.

The two quarterfinal matches for the boys, thus far, saw Kerala breaking no sweat in beating Uttar Pradesh 77-33 to progress to the semis. Haryana and Rajasthan faced each other in the other quarterfinal match whose outcome was decided in the final seconds. A game winner by Haryana’s Lalit with less than a minute to go separated the two teams and Haryana sneaked past Rajasthan 78-75 to book a seat in the semifinals.

A complete list of results of the knockout matches held on 12th October 2014 up to 6.30 p.m. is as follows:

Girls:

  1. Haryana (Surya 23) bt Delhi (Gurkiran 10) 60-36 (13-13, 15-6, 13-9, 19-8) [Pre-quarterfinals]
  2. Andhra Pradesh (M. Lakshmi 22) bt Punjab (Prabhjot Kaur 16) 67-41 (13-11, 11-5, 14-18, 29-7) [Pre-quarterfinals]
  3. Uttar Pradesh (Pooja 15) bt West Bengal (Saheli 13) 52-24 (13-7, 15-2, 7-7, 17-8)
  4. Maharashtra (Shruti 25) bt Chhattisgarh (Gulabsha 15) 66-64 (22-17, 17-17, 11-17, 16-13)
  5. Karnataka (Lopamudra 26) bt Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 35) 80-61 (15-17, 25-16, 25-11, 15-17)
  6. Kerala (Nivya Raj 23) bt Haryana (Meena 8) 70-21 (13-5, 13-6, 24-8, 20-4)
  7. Rajasthan (Mahima 28) bt Goa (Rachel 11) 58-31 (4-11, 19-5, 23-6, 12-9)

Boys:

  1. Chhattisgarh (Mithun 26) bt Madhya Pradesh (Rishabh 26) 76-61 (17-12, 17-6, 17-18, 25-25) [Pre-quarterfinals]
  2. Karnataka (Guru Prasad 23) bt Andhra Pradesh (Durga 12) 50-42 (20-12, 19-19, 7-4, 4-7)
  3. Tamil Nadu (J. Adarsh Prem 24) bt Maharashtra (Mearaj 35) 113-93 (26-17, 28-25, 32-16, 27-35) [Pre-quarterfinals]
  4. Haryana (Sonu 29) bt Rajasthan (Abbas Ali 33) 78-75 (20-10, 20-24, 17-22, 21-19)
  5. Kerala (Sudarsan 16) bt Uttar Pradesh (Dheeraj 9) 77-33 (22-7, 24-7, 19-11, 12-8)

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.