MOP Vaishav Chennai and SB College, Kerala have been crowned champions in the St. Joseph’s – Sree Raghavendra 17th All India Inter College Basketball Tournament.
After a successful Round 1 and 2 of semi-finals, Round 3 followed on Monday, 13th July. The agenda for the day was completion of semifinals in the morning session and conducting the finals, the much awaited match-ups, in the evening session. In the first match the audience witnessed St. Joseph’s College of Technology – 70 (Sangameshwaran 23, Siva Sakthivel 14, Dinesh 14) beat D.G. Vaishnav – 48 (Selva Kumar 13, Akash 8) in a great offensive performance by both teams.
Match 2 for the day, saw SRM University – 58 (Jaya Shruthi 19, Neenu 10) be victorious over St. Joseph’s Engineering – 35 (Yamini 12, Monisha 10) in the women’s section. The match completed the semifinals stage and left everyone with anticipation of the final which was to be held later the same evening.
Then came the finals, a match no one wants to lose, the effort taken to reach the final is always seen in the tempo of a final match. Energies are high, everyone is drawn towards the match, even the teams who were already eliminated. First the women’s final was held. A match which was a nail-biting contest till the last second, in which MOP Vaishnav, Chennai – 57 (R. Divya 20, Divya Kumar 18) emerged as winners over Providence WC, Calicut – 50 (Oshreen 19, Rhea 15).
The above match was followed by the Men’s final, in which SB College, Kerala – 69 (Robin 21, Siddharth 19) took the trophy home in a battle against St. Joseph’s Engineering, Chennai – 63 (Dojo – 22, Divya 12, Nirmal 12). The men’s final wasn’t disappointing; it kept the crowd on the edge of their seats throughout with baskets being traded in quick succession. The result hung in the balance till the final whistle was blown. The celebrations went on for a while, which was then followed by the presentation ceremony where the trophies were distributed to the finalists along with cash prizes to all the semifinalists. All the people involved in the successful organisation of the tournament were then invited on the stage to receive mementos.
Complete success for the event organizers and a great experience for all the participants was the takeaway from the tournament. Also, such an event aimed at the development of basketball in India will motivate the kids watching to be future basketball stars.
- MOP Vaishnav, Chennai – 57 (R. Divya 20, Divya Kumar 18) bt Providence WC, Calicut – 50 (Oshreen 19, Rhea 15)
- SB College, Kerala – 69 (Robin 21, Siddharth 19) bt St. Joseph’s Engineering, Chennai – 63 (Dojo – 22, Divya 12, Nirmal 12)