Tamil Nadu player (in blue) with a jumper in the paint against Rajasthan (in white).

Tamil Nadu player (in blue) with a jumper in the paint against Rajasthan (in white).

Nasik: The West Bengal and Haryana girls won their qualifying matches against Odisha and Telengana respectively to move to the upper pool. The Assam and Chandigarh boys also moved to the upper pool with wins against Punjab and West Bengal respectively, who were knocked out of the tournament.

Later in the day, the upper pool league matches involved an overtime thriller between the Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh girls. Both teams were tied at the end of regular time 75-75, resulting in an extra five minutes of basketball. Tamil Nadu held their nerve in overtime to scrape through with a 82-81 win. T. Monika top scored for Tamil Nadu with 27 points. In the other upper pool girls game, Madhya Pradesh comfortably defeated Delhi 55-21. The Tamil Nadu boys, however, lost their upper pool league fixture against Rajasthan 96-89 despite V. Adisiva’s 40 points. The Madhya Pradesh boys squared off against Haryana and registered an easy 73-39 win.

The qualifying matches of the upper pool teams held on the evening of Day 3 of the 41st Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship produced a few close contests. Defending champs for the girls Chhattisgarh managed to hold off a comeback from the Kerala team and registered a 65-60 win. Local favourites, Maharashtra girls made easy work of the Punjab team with a 42-5 win. The Rajasthan and Haryana boys were involved in a high scoring contest with Rajasthan pulling away for a 94-88 win. Much to the disappointment of the local crowd, the Maharashtra boys ending up the losing side against the Madhya Pradesh team, who picked a 80-53 win.

The results of the matches held up to 5.30 p.m. on 25 November 2014 are as follows:

Girls:

Qualifying matches (winner moves to Level 1):

  1. West Bengal (L. Deb 14) bt Odisha (Saraswati B. 21) 55-46 (4-17, 13-3, 16-16, 22-10)
  2. Haryana (Meenu 23) bt Telengana (Divya Lohiya 4) 42-14 (13-0, 12-7, 14-7, 3-0)

Losers Knockout (quarterfinals): 

  1. Assam (M. Begum 12, M. Ranivya 12) bt Goa (Ninoshka Fernandes 5, Wallencia Cardozo 5) 34-17 (5-2, 2-6, 14-8, 13-1)
  2. Chandigarh (Sejhnoor 10, Jaismeen 10) bt Jammu and Kashmir (Akanksha Charak 2, Ankita Rajput 2) 41-4 (10-0, 9-2, 12-2, 10-0)
  3. Gujarat (Tanisha Shah 8, Renita Correya 8) bt Himachal Pradesh (Damini 10) 28-15 (12-1, 9-0, 1-9, 6-5)
  4. Bihar (Nisha Kumari 7) bt Manipur (Premita T. 10) 22-21 (7-2, 5-2, 0-9, 10-8)

Level 1 (League matches):

  1. Madhya Pradesh (Diyana Sareen 13) bt Delhi (Vani Mittal 8) 55-21 (11-12, 25-5, 9-0, 10-4)
  2. Tamil Nadu (T. Monika Jayseeli 27) bt Uttar Pradesh (Vaishnavi Yadav 38) 82-81 (21-23, 17-10, 18-21, 19-21, Extra time 7-6)

Boys:

Qualifying matches (winner moves to Level 1):

  1. Assam (Sachin Samarin 18, Sanjajpal Baimik 18) bt Punjab (Jiwan 23) 57-50 (17-7, 10-13, 16-16, 14-14)
  2. Chandigarh (Karamveer S. 41) bt West Bengal (Rohit K. 20) 81-50 (21-22, 25-8, 14-7, 21-13)

Losers Knockout (quarterfinals):

  1. Mizoram (V.L. Remruatpuia 31) bt Uttarakhand (Arin 11) 63-36 (19-10, 8-6, 16-12, 20-8)
  2. Karnataka (Prashant T. 21) bt Gujarat (N. Patel 8, A. Srivastava 8) 66-31 (21-15, 16-3, 18-8, 11-5)
  3. Kerala (Tom Jose 23) bt Telangana (S. Mithil 17) 76-58 (28-25, 26-10, 16-18, 6-5)

Level 1 (League matches):

  1. Madhya Pradesh (Harshwardhan 18) bt Haryana (Naman S. 15) 73-39 (23-4, 15-14, 21-13, 14-8)
  2. Rajasthan (Kuldeep S. 36) bt Tamil Nadu (V. Adisiva 40) 96-89 (29-24, 12-16, 28-22, 27-27)

The results of the qualifying matches held from 5.30 p.m. to the end of the day on 24 November 2014 are as follows:

Girls:

Level 1 (Upper Pool) Matches: 

  1. Chhattisgarh (Sreekala R. 27) bt Kerala (Elijabet Ekka 17) 65-60 (11-9, 19-11, 13-16, 22-24)
  2. Maharashtra (Anushka Gote 10) bt Punjab (Anmol Preet 2, Anika 2) 42-5 (26-3, 10-2, 3-0, 2-0) 

Level 2 (Lower Pool) Matches:

  1. Gujarat (T. Shah 14) bt Jammu and Kashmir (Aqsa 2) 53-2 (23-0, 14-0, 6-0, 10-2)

Boys:

Level 1 (Upper Pool) Matches: 

  1. Rajasthan (Hardeep Boora 31) bt Haryana (Kuldeep Singh 35) 94-88 (20-22, 23-17, 22-24, 29-25)
  2. Madhya Pradesh (Amit Singh Chouhan 22) bt Maharashtra (Nilesh Yadav 20) 80-53 (21-11, 26-13, 12-8, 21-21) 

Level 2 (Lower Pool) Matches:

  1. Gujarat (Nilkanth Patel 14) bt Goa (Bikash Ch. Deb 9) 54-28 (19-5, 12-0, 13-15, 10-8)
  2. Uttarakhand (Arin S.N. 17) bt Goa (Reuben Fernandes 4) 35-13 (16-1, 0-5, 13-3, 8-4)

The tentative schedule for the matches to be held on 26 November 2014 is as follows:

Date: 26-11-2014 (WEDNESDAY)

Court – 1

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
 QUALIFYING MATCH (WINNER WILL CHOOSE EITHER A5 OR B5 within Half an Hour OF MATCH) 
94 WEST BENGAL Vs HARYANA GIRLS 08.00 AM
LEVEL 1: LEAGUE MATCHES
95 MADHYA PRADESH Vs ANDHRA PRADESH GB 09.00 AM
97 UTTAR PRADESH Vs JHARKHAND BA 11.00 AM
98 ANDHRA PRADESH Vs ODISHA BA 12.00 PM
99 KARNATAKA Vs PUNJAB GA 01.00 PM
100 TAMIL NADU Vs HARYANA BB 02.00 PM
101 RAJASTHAN Vs MAHARASHTRA BB 03.00 PM
102 MAHARASHTRA Vs KERALA GA 04.00 PM
 PRE-QUARTERFINALS 
103 A 4 – TO BE DECIDED Vs B 5 – TO BE DECIDED GIRLS 05.00 PM
104 A 4 – TO BE DECIDED Vs B 5 – TO BE DECIDED BOYS 06.00 PM

Court – 2 

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
QUALIFYING MATCH (WINNER WILL CHOOSE EITHER A5 OR B5 within Half an Hour OF MATCH) 
105 CHANDIGARH Vs ASSAM GIRLS 08.00 AM
 LOSERS KNOCKOUT (LKO) SEMI-FINALS 
106 CHANDIGARH Vs BIHAR GIRLS 01.00 PM
107 KARNATAKA Vs W/O (BIHAR/ DELHI) BOYS 02.00 PM
108 GUJARAT Vs ASSAM GIRLS 03.00 PM
109 MIZORAM Vs KERALA BOYS 04.00 PM
 PRE-QUARTERFINALS 
110 B 4 – TO BE DECIDED Vs A 5 – TO BE DECIDED GIRLS 05.00 PM
111 B 4 – TO BE DECIDED Vs A 5 – TO BE DECIDED BOYS 06.00 PM

 

About the 41st Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship

 

The Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship is an annual national tournament for U-14 boys’ and girls’ teams from states across India. The Nashik District Basketball Association and the Maharashtra State Basketball Association under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India and IMG-Reliance are conducting the 2014 tournament on the two wooden courts at the Meenatai Thakare Indoor Stadium here in Nashik. The tournament will be conducted over a period of 7 days from the 22nd to the 28th of November 2014. This year’s tournament is witnessing the participation of 27 boys’ teams and 25 girls’ teams from various states of the country. The 2013 version tournament was conducted in Patna, Bihar. The Chhattisgarh teams won both the boys and the girls category last year, while the Madhya Pradesh boys and the Tamil Nadu girls finished runners-up respectively.

Vishnu Ravi Shankar
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