Gopalakrishnan R & Vishnu Ravi Shankar, Chennai, 13th– 14th January 2015: In an exciting series of morning games, a full strength Jain University, Bengaluru team which was seeded 4th from the South Zone, upset North Zone’s no. 1 side Punjab University, Chandigarh 99-97. Earlier on the same court, Jamia Millia Delhi continued its deceptive winning streak beating MG Kasi Vidya Peet University, Varanasi in a must win match.
Jain University, Bengaluru trailed by double digits early in the fourth quarter before its point guard Vinoth drained back to back threes that brought his team within one possession. Two quick fast break opportunities followed, and that coupled with Punjab missing some clutch freethrows meant that Bengaluru side went through to the quarterfinals as the top seeded team from Pool A.
In the other close morning match, GNDU Amritsar beat Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 81-65 to force a triple tie in Pool C between Bharati Vidya Peet University, Pune, GNDU and Bharathiar. It remains to be seen which two out of these three teams will go through to the knockout stages.
Chennai teams remain undefeated in Day 2 Evening Games
The two teams from Chennai that have qualified for the UBA All India Inter-University Basketball Tournament for Men 2014-15, Sathyabama University and University of Madras have remained undefeated thus far in the league stages. The University of Madras played their second game yesterday evening against the team from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi and picked up a 71-58 win. The game remained close in the first half, with Jamia staying within single digits of the University of Madras team. However, the Chennai team pulled away in the second half owing to their superior size advantage over the New Delhi team. Karthickeyan S. from the University of Madras team poured in 27 points, while his team’s imposing centre Jeevanatham P. put in 12 points and had numerous blocks.
The home team, Sathyabama University faced a formidable opponent in Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur yesterday evening. The game was an up-and-down battle in the first half that saw four lead changes. Both teams were sloppy throughout the game with a similar number of turnovers, but Sathyabama’s superior rebounding advantage (43-19 in team rebounds) carried them through to victory. Sathyabama’s point guard, Arun Prashanth led from the front with 23 points and 4 assists in the game, while Sathyabama’s centre, Rakesh had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Despite Kiranpal S. from the Raipur team shooting lights out from beyond the 3-point line and scoring a game-high 35 points, it was not enough as Sathyabama maintained their lead in the second half and hung on for the win.
In the matches held on the outdoor courts yesterday, the top seed from the North Zone, Punjab University, Chandigarh picked up their second win of the tournament with a comfortable 65-48 victory against the team from the University of Burdwan, West Bengal on the basis of a balanced scoring attack. The other game was between GNDU, Amritsar and the fourth seed of the East Zone, VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur. This was a completely one-sided affair as the second seed from the North Zone, GNDU Amritsar dominated the Jaunpur team from start to finish to pick up a 95-58 blowout victory. GNDU’s Sukhjit N. had 22 points and 7 assists and Harmanpreet put up a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Evening Results from 14th January 2015
Outdoor Court ‘A’
University of Rajasthan (Sharad Dadhich 29, Asif Pathan 19, Dilip Bishnoi 11) bt University of Burdwan, West Bengal (Ranjoy Prasad 16, Rahul Josh 15, Dirjay Singh 10) 82-57 [27-14, 14-14, 13-13, 28-16]
University of Madras, Chennai (S Mahendra 23, N Nagaraj 9, Jeevanatham 8) bt Savithri Bai Phule University, Pune (Nitin Chopade 8, Rahul Singh 650-24 [22-10, 7-9, 11-2, 10-3]
Outdoor Court ‘B’
Bharati Vidya Peet University, Pune (Akshay Bhosale 32, Gautam Daddikar 18, Aniket Jadhav 16) bt VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur (Gurpreet Singh 18, Ravi Kishor 9) 100-47 [37-16, 27-3, 23-13, 13-15]
Morning Results from 14th January 2015
Outdoor Court ‘A’
Outdoor Court ‘B’
Evening Results from 13th January 2015
GNDU, Amritsar (Sukhjit N. 22 pts 7 assists, Harmanpreet S. 22 pts 10 rebounds, Yadwinder S. 21 pts) bt V.B.S. Purvanchal University, Jaunpur (Ravi K. 16 pts, Gurdit S. 14 pts 16 rebounds, Shantnu S. 12 pts) 95-52 [14-10, 31-15, 36-15, 14-12]
Sathyabama University, Chennai (Arun Prashanth 23 pts, Rakesh 21 pts 11 rebounds, Vimal R. 16 pts) bt Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur (Kiranpal S. 35 pts, Ajay Pratap Singh 17 pts, Vinay J. 14 pts) 88-76 (21-21, 21-15, 25-15, 21-25)