Mumbai, January 18: In an identical repeat of the results from the 65th Senior Nationals in Bhilwara earlier this month, Chhattisgarh women and ONGC (Uttarakhand) men tamed (Southern) Railways and Tamil Nadu (IOB) to clinch the titles at the 10th Savio Cup 2015 that concluded last evening in Matunga, Mumbai.
Seven footer Poonam Chaturvedi played a stellar role in shaping Chhattisgarh’s success over defending champions Southern Railway in an engrossing women’s final 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, and played under floodlights at the Don Bosco High School basketball court, Matunga on Sunday evening.
The National champions Chhattisgarh took time to get off the blocks and trailed 29-33 at the end of the first two quarters. But with Poonam putting to good use her height advantage, Chhattisgarh turn things around in the third and fourth quarters and managed to clinch a deserving victory.
The gangling and frail built Poonam, was not very consistent, but still finished as the leading scorer from both sides with an impressive 35 points which was half the total number of points the teams scored. Another player who was outstanding for Chhattisgarh was Saranjeet Kaur who scored 16 points. For the losing team, Sonia Joy and Raja Priyadarshani contributed 22 and 19 points respectively.
ONGC retain Savio Cup title
Defending champions, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Dehradun once again underlined the supremacy recording an authoritative 63-53 win against arch-rivals Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Chennai in the men’s final of the Rs 5 lakh prize fund 10th Savio Cup All-India Basketball Tournament, sponsored by United Phosphorous and co-sponsored by Tridhaatu Realty Infra, and played at the floodlit Don Bosco High School basketball court, Matunga.
International Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, who scored 17 points, once again played the lead role, while seasoned Anoop M. chipped in with 10 points for ONGC. For IOB, Prasanna Venkatesh scored 11 points while Amjyot Singh 10 and Mihir Pandey, contributed 10 points each.
ONGC boasting with current and former internationals put up a better display as compared to their southern rivals and held an edge in the proceedings. On the other hand, IOB lacked coordination and consistency and as a result they were not able to match their superior opponents. The Chennai cagers also made far too many errors, in both attack and defence and also guilty of wasting easy lay-ups, which proved to be their undoing.
The oilmen exploited the situation and capitalised on the openings to find the hoop at regular intervals to establish a 19-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. The hoopsters from Dehradun continued to control the reins in the second and finished the first half with a healthy 31-16 advantage, which they maintained till the end.
After play resumed IOB showed an improvement in their game, but it was not good enough to put pressure on the ONGC players, who did well to keep their composure and sustain the momentum before completing a deserving win.
ONGC for their efforts received the Savio Cup trophy and a cheque of Rs 1.3 lakhs, while IOB got the runners-up prize-money of Rs 70,000. Chhattisgarh, winners of the women’s crown were presented with a trophy and a cheque of Rs 50,000, while Southern Railway pocketed the runners-up cash award of Rs 25,000.
Poonam Chatruvedi of Chhattisgarh and ONGC’s Vishesh Bhriguvanshi were declared the best women and men’s players respectively