Babykutty: The 24th All India Inter School Basketball Tournament for Girideepam Trophy and the newly constructed Indoor Stadium got inaugurated today by the Honorable Minister for Sports, Forest and Transport Shri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. A colourful march past by the Participants at the venue in Kottayam added colour to the tournament. Also present on the occasion was the Arjuna Award winner and ace Footballer I M Vijayan. The matches will be played on league cum knock out basis.
In the opening match in the boys section, host Girideepam defeated St Thomas HSS Kozhencherry (43-27) while in other boys matches, Silver Hill HSS Kozhikode defeated Mount Bethany Mylapra (29-16). St Anns HSS Kurianad scraped past Sacred Heart HSS Thevarav(36-32) and in the morning St Thomas got the better of Kristhujyothi HSS Changancherry (33-29). Lourde Public School beat St Anns HSS Kuriand (27-14) and Shanthal Jyothi got the better of Girideepam Bethany (35-26).
In the girls Group A section, Lady Sivaswamy, Chennai got the better of Girideepam Girls 28-8 but lost their match to Mount Carmel Kottayam (33-51). Another Chennai outfit Govt HSS lost both their matches in Group B, first against Jyothiniketha Alapuzha (6-24) and again to St Michaels GHS Kozhikode (1-28).
- Girideepam Bethany A team 43 (Alan T Joshy 10) bt St Thomas HSS Kozhencherry 27 (Nikhil Philip 10, Moncy Bowas 10)
- Little Flower HSS Koratty 38 (Mithun JM 11, Gokul N Babu 10) bt Mount Bethanny Mylapra 8
- Silver Hill HSS Kozhikode 29 (Nirmal 8, Nikunj 8, Mohzin 8) bt Mount Bethanny 16 (Adarsh Monachan 10)
- St Anns HSS Kurianad 36 (Abhijith Sasidharan 24) bt Sacred Heart Thevara 32 (Jewel Judson 15, Joseph KB 14)
- St Thomas HSS Kozhencherry 38 (Nikhil Philip 12, Moncy Bowas 11) bt Kristhujyothi HSS Changancherry 29 (Sidharth Prasad 10)
- Shanthal Jyothi Muttam 35 (Akhil P Murali 10) bt Girideepam B 26 (Akhil John Sajeeb 10)
- Lourde Public School Kottayam 27 (Jacob Anil 14) bt St Anns HSS Kottayam 14
- Lourde Public School Kottayam 40 (Pranav Sunny 13, George Joseph 12) bt Sacred Heart Thevara 23 (Joseph KB 13)
- Jyothinikethan Alapuzha 24 (Anasuya Sanal 6) bt Govt HSS Chennai 6
- Mount Carmel HSS Kottayam 51 (Gowri Priya Satheesh 10, Anju Mathew 10, Fathima 10) bt Lady Sivaswamy Chennai 33 (L. Lidhya 10)
- Lady Sivaswammy Chennai 28 (F Varsha 8, V Swathy 8) bt Girideepam Bethanny 8
- St Michaels GHS Kozhikode 28 (Jancy TP 10) bt Govt HSS Chennai 1