Babykutty: Defending champion Thiruvananthapuram will take on runners up Palakkad women in the finals of the 59th Kerala State Senior Basketball Championship at the Carmel Club temporary indoor stadium in Aluva.
In the women’s semifinal Thiruvananthapuram defeated Thrissur 65-50 after leading 30-23 at half time. For Thiruvananthapuram, international Jeena P S was the top scorer with 23 points followed by Merlin Baby making 16 points. For Thrissur, Rojamol and Anu Thomas scored 13 points each. In the second semifinal, the experienced Palakkad team (comprising players from Kerala Police) were made to huff and puff in their 58-53 semifinal win against the younger outfit of Ernakulum, after trailing 24-29 at the half time. Neenumol was the top scorer for Palakkad with 16 points and for Ernakulum Annat George scored 15 and Ashy Mathew had 12.
In the two men’s semifinals it was a rather easy walk over for defending champion Ernakulum (comprising the players from Central Excise, Kochi) and Thiruvananthapuram (comprising a majority of players from KSEB Thiruvananthapuram) as they beat Kollam 78-36 and Palakkad 61-38 respectively.
Off the court, Kerala Basketball Association will honour eight of their internanational players who represented India in various age categories this year. KBA will also honour the Kerala State U-16 boys and girls teams who secured the silver medal at this year’s Youth National Basketball Championship held in Chandigarh.
- Thiruvananthapuram 58 (Jeena PS 23, Merlin Babu 16) bt Thrissur 50 (Anu Thomas 13, Rojamol G 13, Aswathy S Thampy 12)
- Palakkad 58 (Neenumol PS 18, Surya PR 10, Lijimol P 10) bt Ernakulum 53 (Annat George 15, Ashey Mathew 12)
- Ernakulum 78 (Nikhil AR 19, Shinumon Augustine 17, Monish Wilson 11, Eudrick Periera 10) bt Kollam 36 (Tony K Mathew 16)
- Thiruvananthapuram 61 (Albin Baby 11, Asin Xavier 11, Umesh Krishnan 10) bt Palakkad 38 (Subash J Shenoy 26)
Yesterday Late matches (Quarter finals)
- Palakkad 79 (Surya PR 25, Neenumol PS 20, Lijimol P 10) bt Kozhikode 67 (Osheen Naveendran 21, Geetha R 15, Elizabeth Hillarios 12)
- Palakkad 81 (Subash J Shenoy 24, Abhilash TS 15, Vivek V 12) bt Kottayam 71 (Robin S 27)
- Ernakulum 46 (Shinumon Augustine 16, Basil Philip 13) bt Alapuzha 15