Action from the men's semi-final league match between Services (red) and Bhavnagar Youngsters.

Action from the men’s semi-final league match between Services (red) and Bhavnagar Youngsters.

Mumbai, January 16: Defending champions ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation) played confidently to record a 62-56 victory against Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Chennai in a men’s semi-final league match of the Rs 5 lakh prize fund 10th Savio Cup All-India Basketball Tournament for men and women, sponsored by United Phosphorous and co-sponsored by Tridhaatu Realty Infra, at the Don Bosco High School basketball court, Matunga. The oilmen enjoyed a 35-25 lead at the break.

In the other semi-final league match, Services put up a strong performance against debutants Bhavnagar Youngsters and stormed to an emphatic 81-46 win after racing to a 47-29 lead at the end of the first two quarters.

Meanwhile, ONGC boasting of seasoned Indian stars in their ranks were always in control against their rivals from the south. The hero of ONGC’s victory was Vishesh Bhriguvanshi who top-scored with 20 points, while teammate Amritpal Singh chipped in with 17 points. On the other hand, Amjyot Singh and A. Arvind, both contributed  13 each for IOB.

Results -Men’s semi-final league:  ONGC 62 (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 20, Amritpal Singh 17) beat Indian Overseas Bank 56 (Amjyot Singh 13, A. Arvind 13). Half-time: 35-25.

Services 81 beat Bhavnagar Youngsters 46 (half-time – 47-29).

Gopalakrishnan R
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