[Gopalakrishnan R & Vishnu Ravi Shankar] Bhilwara, Rajasthan: The experienced Delhi side continued its winning streak to end the league stages on a high. Internationals Raspreet Sidhu, Prashanti Singh and Preeti Kumari connected from outside and inside to take their side to a convincing 69-43 win. For opponents Uttar Pradesh, this fourth straight loss means that it will now be relegated to the lower Level, while Delhi progresses to the quarterfinals as the second seeded team from Group ‘B’.
Kerala men avoided relegation with their face saving win in their last league assignment and in the process sent hosts Rajasthan down to Level 2 for next year. The first half, in particular, was exciting with back to back buzzer beaters at the end of the first and second quarters.
Uttarakhand men too eased into the quarterfinals as the top seeded team from Group A, easily beating Chhattisgarh to stay undefeated after four league games. In contrast, bottom placed Chhattisgarh was condemned to the lower Level 2 for next year.
Vying for top honours in Level 1 Men’s Group ‘B’, the undefeated sides Punjab and Services locked horns. Punjab teams have always been overflowing in talent, while Services men have tons of experience behind them. In this battle between talent versus experience, Punjab had the upper hand in the first quarter, taking a 19-9 lead. The second quarter saw a furious fightback by Services which outscored Punjab 27-14 to take a slender three point lead at halftime. The second half began with Services continuing its scoring spree. International point guard Joginder Singh was money from downtown and would eventually end the match with 21 points, all of which came from beyond the three point line. 7 ft giant Satnam Singh Bhamara’s double double of 26 points and 22 rebounds couldn’t prevent his team from going down 66-79 at the final buzzer. Services and Punjab are both through to the quarterfinals from their Group as the top two teams with a 4-0 and 3-1 record respectively.
An inspired Haryana men’s side shocked Indian Railways with a 91-76 win in its last league match of Level 1 Group ‘A’. With this win, Haryana men will progress to the quarterfinals as the third placed team, while Indian Railways will have to fight it out for a quarterfinal berth by playing an additional pre-quarterfinal match against either Delhi or Telangana. In large part, the difference between the two teams came down to outside shooting. Haryana connected as many as seven times from beyond the three point arc, but Indian Railways managed to find the net only twice in 18 shot attempts.
Earlier this morning, Delhi comfortably beat Telangana in the final qualifying match played between the top two teams from Level 2. In the women’s qualifying matches, Telangana beat Madhya Pradesh 59-53. All four Level 2 teams: Delhi, Telangana (in men) and Telangana, Madhya Pradesh (in women) are already through to the pre-quarterfinals.
In final upper Level women games, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu registered easy league wins over Andhra Pradesh and Punjab respectively. Failing to win any of its four league matches, Andhra Pradesh will be relegated to lower Level 2 next year.
Late last evening, Chhattisgarh women beat Karnataka and Punjab men overwhelmed a shorthanded Karnataka side which was missing its star centre A Aravind. Both Chhattisgarh women and Punjab men have won three league games and are assured of quarterfinal berths. With a 2-2 record at the end of the league stages, the Karnataka men’s team will progress to the quarterfinals as the third placed team in Group B.
Afternoon Results from 2-1-2015 (upto 6:00 PM)
- Delhi (Raspreet Sidhu 15, Prashanti Singh 12, Preeti Kumari 11) bt Uttar Pradesh (Radha 15, Nimarika 12) 69-43 [17-15, 25-7, 12-14, 15-17]
- Kerala (Manoj R 27, Basil Philip 22, Albin Baby 18) bt Rajasthan (Harshvardhan 19 pts & 16 rbs, Sharad D 16) 85-66 [21-23, 24-10, 22-17, 18-16]
- Uttarakhand (Amritpal Singh 27 pts & 11 rbs, Trideep Rai 17, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 10) bt Chhattisgarh (Ajay Pratap Singh 20, Kiranpal Singh 15) 80-47 [19-14, 28-7, 11-7, 22-19]
- Services (Joginder Singh 21, Narender Grewal 19, Jairam Jat 13) bt Punjab (Satnam Singh 26 pts & 22 rbs, Gurkirpal Singh 12) 79-66 [9-19, 27-14, 24-14, 19-19]
Loser’s Knockout Semifinals (Level 2)
- Gujarat (Vinay Kaushik 26, Dishant Shah 23) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Iqbal 17) 87-47 [25-15, 16-11, 25-9, 21-12]
- Assam (Anju 20, Kiran 7) bt Uttarakhand (Rhea 6) 43-19 [11-4, 14-8, 10-0, 8-7]
Morning Results from 2-1-2015 (upto 12:00 PM)
- Maharashtra (Kennu Susan 20) Andhra Pradesh (Kirandeep 18, A Suryakumari S 16, Shikha 10) 68-43 [22-9, 13-10, 14-12, 19-12]
- Tamil Nadu (M Adhirai 14, D Srividya 12) bt Punjab 73-40 [21-7, 17-17, 23-12, 12-4]
- Haryana (Vikash Kumar 20, Himanshu Sharma 20, Deepak Rathee 19) Indian Railways (Hirender Singh 16, Vikram Parmar 9, Prakash Mishra 9) 91-76 [24-17, 23-27, 23-19, 21-13]
Qualifying Matches from Level 2 to Level 1
*All these teams have already qualified to Level 1. Winners get to decide their Level 1 pre-quarterfinal opponent.
- Delhi (Pravind Dovan 23, Ajay 12, Manprit Singh 12) bt Telangana (Sujith Reddy 12, Ganesh Patil 10) 81-56 [22-17, 14-15, 25-10, 20-14]
- Telangana (M Gayathri 26, Suganya 15) bt Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 16, Rimpy Hooda 10, Monica Gurjar 9, Nima Doma Bhutia 9) 59-53 [11-10, 13-11, 15-13, 20-19]
Late Evening Results from 1-1-2015
- Chhattisgarh (Poonam Chaturvedi 37, Sangeeta Kaur 29, L Deepa 12) bt Karnataka (Savitha LS 25, Navaneetha PU 14, Bhandavya HM 12) 94-69 [27-12, 20-23, 26-12, 21-22]
- Punjab (Palpreet Singh 37, Satnam Singh 29) bt Karnataka (Dhiraj Shetty 13, Anil Kumar 8, Shashi Kumar 8) 93-62 [27-20, 32-12, 24-16, 10-14]
Loser’s Knockout Quarterfinals (Level 2)
- Gujarat (K Rajan 15, D Ulva 12, Vinay Kaushik 12) bt Bihar (AP Singh 22, Y Kumar 10, Manvendra 10) 71-53 [24-23, 26-14, 18-14, 3-2]
- Jammu & Kashmir (Sumit 26, Shubham Sharma 15) bt Madhya Pradesh (Harendra Singh 16, Kirti G 12) 61-50 [9-11, 25-14, 9-15, 18-10]
- Assam (Anju 14, Shilpy 12) bt Chandigarh (Gul 14, Neha 9) 57-38 [12-17, 11-6, 22-7, 12-8]
- Bihar (Priyanka 18, Divya 8, Shravanti 8) bt Goa (Rose Rhea Rebelo 6, Shaheeh Rebelo 6) 41-17 [18-0, 10-5, 8-6, 5-6]
- Uttarakhand (Shivani 14, Jyoti 8) bt Gujarat (Survhi 9, Dharti 8) 26-25 [7-11, 7-0, 3-8, 9-6]
- Haryana (Surya 24, Sandhya 15) bt Odisha (Urbasi Mallik 13, Minakshi Karan 10) 65-43 [16-11, 15-12, 20-15, 14-5]
About the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014
The 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014 is being held in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. The Championship is being organised by the Bhilwara District Basketball Association in collaboration with the Rajasthan State Basketball Association under the aegis of Basketball Federation of India and IMG-Reliance. Matches are being held at the Sukhodia Indoor Stadium and the two outdoor courts at the Nagar Parishad complex. 27 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams are participating in this event that will be played in a league-cum-knockout format. For this year’s edition, Tamil Nadu men and Chhattisgarh women are the defending champions.
The teams have been divided into two levels: the upper Level 1 and lower level 2. Level 1 teams have further been split into two groups (A and B) while Level 2 teams have been split into four groups. The top four teams from each Level 1 group and the top team from each of the four Level 2 groups will qualify for the knockout stages. A separate knockout tournament (called “Losers Knockouts”) will also be held for the 2nd and 3rd placed teams from each of the four lower level groups that will be knocked out of the main tournament.