Babykutty, 22 March 2015: Defending champions Kerala State Electricity Board and Customs and Central Excise Kochi retained the women’s and men’s crowns respectively as they beat Kerala Police 56-26 and in men beat KSEB 64-49 in the final of the 14th Kerala Champions Trophy Basketball Championship for Inter-Club Men and Women teams organised by Kasargod District Basketball Association under the auspices of Kerala Basketball Association held here at the Rajas High School, Nileshwar.
In the women’s final the favourites KSEB who were served by International Jeena P S, Stephy Nixon and Anjanna PG led 30-16 at the half time. For KSEB it was again a scintillating performance from prolific scorer Jeena P S who top scored with 14 points followed by Stephy Nixon and Shilji George scoring 10 pints each, and for Kerala Police Debonna scored 10 points.
In the men’s final, Customs, which had come without Subash Shenoy and Eudrick Perera fielded an array of injured players but still proved that they are a Champion outfit of Kerala as they beat KSEB 64-49. Monish Wilson who played with an injured ankle top scored with 19 points followed by Basil Philip with 10 points. KSEB could well be blamed for missing out on a golden opportunity. It led almost till the 3rd quarter but did not utilise its speed and fastbreck game but insisted on a Set game plan till the end which allowed Customs to take the title and qualify for the Federation Cup.
Earlier on Saturday, in late semi-final matches, Kerala police women defeated Providence College, Kozhikode (56-38) to make the final while in the men’s section Customs and Central Excise had an easy victory over Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur 63-32 to ensure the final clash with KSEB Men.
Trophies and mementos were distributed by PT Joseph, Director of Physical Education, Kannur University
- KSEB, Thiruvananthapuram 56 (Jeena PS 14, Stephy Nixon 10, Shiliji George 10) bt Kerala Police Thiruvananthapuram 26 (Debonna 10)
- Customs and Central Excise Kochi 64 (Monish Wilson 18, Basil Philip 10) bt KSEB Thiruvananthapuram 49 (Ajith Sugunan 15, Albin Baby 12)
Semi Final result (Saturday)
- Kerala Police 56 (Neenumol PS 15, Tilna K 10) bt Providence College, Kozhikode 38 (Osheen Naveendran 13)
- Customs and Central Excise Kochi 63 (Monish Wilson 14, Basil Philip 14) bt Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur 32 (Jishnu 10, Thahir 10)
National Gamed Gold Medallist felicitated
Kerala Basketball Association felicitated the women’s team members of the National Games who brought the maiden Gold Medal for Kerala in the women’s divison here at the venue of the Champions Trophy at Rajas High School, Nileshwar. The team comprised four players from Kerala Police (Neenumol P.S (c), Surya PR, Lijimol P, Athira M) and six from Kerala State Electricity Board Jeena PS, Stephy Nixon, Rosmy Thomas, Roja M, Anjanna PG and Grima. Also Pooja Mol K.S, the youngest international player from Assumption College, Changancherry along with Asst Coach Nicholas MA were present at the function to receive the mementos. The only absence was the Head coach Antony Stephan and Smruthy R K Western Railway (Mumbai) who could not attend the function.