Babykutty, Changanasserry: Defending Champions Sacred Heart Thevara and St Gorethios, Thiruvananthapuram won the boys and girls titles respectively, in the 4th AKM Trophy Inter-school Basketball Tournament here at AKM Public School, Changanasserry.
In the mini division, AKM School had mixed fortunes as their Micro C Division Bots took the title defeating Jyothinikethan School Alapuzha 42-22 but their sub Junior boys team went down to experienced Shanathaljyothi School from Todupuza 29-37.
In an evenly fought boys division final, Sacred Heart defeated host AKM Changanasserry 61-53 with Paul top scoring for the winners with 28 points and for AKM captain Althaf Salim made 24 points.
In the girls final, State Star Sreekala R top scored with 16 points to defeat Jyothinikethan School, Alapuzha 43-21, thereby helping St Gorethios from Thiruvananthapuram to its maiden title in the All Kerala School Basketball circuit.
Earlier, in the boys semi finals, SH Thevara scraped past Silver Hill HSS from Kozhikode 67-65, while hosts AKM School beat Jyothinikethan School, Alalpuzha 46-26.
In the girls semi-finals matches, St Gorethios beat St Josephs GHS, Alapuzha 39-18 while Jyothinikethan got the better of Shanthal Jyothi, Muttam 40-29.
- Sacred Heart Public School, Thevara 61 (Paul 28, Shaun Louis 19) bt AKM School, Changanasserry 53) Althaf Salim 24, Bobben Shenoy 13, Anson Varghese 10)
- St Gorethios, Thiruvananthapuram 43 (Sreekala R 16) by Jyothi Nikethan School, Alapuzha 21
- Sacred Heart Public School, Thevara 67 (Shaun Louis 37, Paul 12) bt Silver Hill HSS Kozhikode 65 (Abhishek Jaison 21, Rohit 21, Ankit 15)
- AKM School Changansserry 46 (Anson Varghese 18. Althaf Salim 13, Bobben Binoy 10) bt (Jyothinikethan Alapuzha 26 (Varun 10)
- Jyothi Nikethan School, Alapuzha 40 (Anamika Sanal 14) bt Shanthal Jyothi Muttam 29 (Olivikka Shabu 29)
- St Gorethios, Thiruvananthapuram 39 (Anupama 15, Sreekala R 14) bt St Josephs Alapuzha 18 (Jayalakshmi 10)