Putting behind tough opening day losses to Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh women and Uttarakhand men bounced back on day two of the basketball event in the 35th National Games 2015.
The two time reigning senior national champs Chhattisgarh had it ridiculously easy against relative minnows Andhra Pradesh. The yawning gulf between the two teams was apparent by the near 100 point scoring difference, with Chhattisgarh winning 141-42, and in the process recording the first triple digit score of the tournament.
Uttarakhand men muscled their way past hosts Kerala who enjoyed some tremendous local support through all four quarters. But the depth of Uttarakhand’s bench and their size advantage was too much for the Kerala side to deal with and they fell to the reigning senior national champions 54-84.
Haryana men battled hard against the tried and testing Services team, but couldn’t prevent a 74-92 loss. International guard Narender Grewal shone for Services with his finishing in the paint despite contact. Former internationals, forward Jairam Jat and magical point guard Sambhaji Kadam played their roles to perfection to hand Haryana its second straight defeat.
The young and exciting Karnataka men’s team continued its run of form from the senior nationals, by beating fancied Punjab 84-66. Centre Arvind was instrumental in grabbing numerous rebounds and winning the one-on-one battles against international forward Palpreet Singh. Arvind’s athletic plays included two in-game dunks that had the crowd on its feet.
Kerala women made the most of the positive energy of playing in front of a packed home crowd. Defensively, Kerala restricted Tamil Nadu to just five points in the third quarter for the final 55-47 win.
In other games, Tamil Nadu men won their second straight game beating Chhattigarh 97-74, Karnataka women tasted their first success by easily beating Delhi 83-49, and Maharashtra women beat Punjab 80-58.
Results for 10/2/15
Chhattisgarh (Poonam Chaturvedi 34, Anju Lakra 26 pts & 15 rbs, Seema Singh 15 pts & 16 rbs, Sangeeta Kaur 20, Akanksha Singh 10 pts & 16 rbs) bt Andhra Pradesh (Suryakumari 13, Jyothi E 12) 141-42 [24-14, 46-10, 47-11, 24-7]