2014 MVP P. Baladaneshwar (in white) from Tamil Nadu drives against Uttar Pradesh

2014 MVP P. Baladaneshwar (in white) from Tamil Nadu drives against Uttar Pradesh

Bhavnagar, Gujarat, 15th September 2015: After a rain interruption on the evening of Day 1 of the 32nd Youth National Basketball Championship, the matches resumed after cleaning and drying of the courts at around 7 p.m. and continued till late evening. The Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh boys Level 1 game was tantalisingly poised with Tamil Nadu leading by 1 point 49-48 in the third quarter. The game continued to be a close affair until the final minutes. Uttar Pradesh was led by their point guard Dhiraj, who enthralled the crowd with his ballhandling skills and crafty drives to the basket. For Tamil Nadu, 2014 Youth National Championship MVP P. Baladaneshwar led the way for his team. Despite trailing late in the game, Bala and his teammate Adarsh made clutch freethrows to help tie the game and take it into overtime. In the overtime period, Uttar Pradesh took an early 5-point lead, but then Baladaneshwar took over with tight defense on UP’s point guard and strong drives to the basket on offense. He ended up with 49 points in the game and Tamil Nadu clinched a 99-95 victory.

Haryana player (in dark blue) attempts a free-throw against Kerala

Haryana player (in dark blue) attempts a free-throw against Kerala

In the other Level 1 boys’ games in the evening of Day 1, Haryana started off with a 69-65 victory against last year’s runners up Kerala in a tightly fought contest. The Punjab boys also registered a comfortable victory in their opening Level 1 Group B game against Rajasthan 47-8.

On the morning of Day 2 at the 32nd Youth National Basketball Championship being held in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, defending champs Tamil Nadu girls remained undefeated with a 56-18 victory against Madhya Pradesh led by Avanthi’s 22 points. Last year’s runners up Kerala girls suffered their second loss of the tournament against last year’s third placed team Karnataka in a close game that ended at 42-37. Snigddha Nair top scored for her team with 17 points. Haryana girls impressed yet again with their second victory, this time against Delhi.

In the boys Level 1 games in the first half of the day, 2014 winners Tamil Nadu remained strong with a 58-47 victory against Chhattisgarh on the basis of a balanced team effort. Runners up of the 2014 tournament, the Kerala boys bounced back with a 55-20 victory against Rajasthan. Punjab continued their winning ways against Maharashtra with a resounding 55-26 victory. Kanwar Gurbaz Singh of Punjab remained consistent, scoring 16 points for his team in this game. The Delhi boys had their first game of the tournament today, in which they faced stiff competition from Madhya Pradesh. Despite a faulty middle period, Delhi outscored Madhya Pradesh in the first and fourth quarters to register a 60-54 victory.

Gujarat player (in blue) attempts a mid-range jumper against West Bengal (in white)

Gujarat player (in blue) attempts a mid-range jumper against West Bengal (in white)

In the second half of Day 2, home team Gujarat girls faced the West Bengal team in front of raucous home support. Former India camper at the U-16 level, Tavleen Kaur Bhandal led from the front for the Gujarat team and top scored with 14 points. But her effort was in vain as West Bengal ran away with the game, thanks to the play of Paramita Ghosh, who scored 28 points.

Karnataka player (in maroon) scores against Puducherry

Karnataka player (in maroon) scores against Puducherry

In the other games, Karnataka boys registered their second victory with a 54-29 victory against Puducherry. Goa girls won their opening game against Bihar, while Andhra Pradesh boys defeated neighbours Telangana.

Results from Day 1 after 6:30 pm

Girls:

Level 2:

Group C:

Uttar Pradesh (Shivani 11, Mansi 6, Sunidhi 4) bt Himachal Pradesh (Jyotika 16, Sheetal 7) 29-27 (7-0, 12-8, 0-10, 10-9)

Group D:

Gujarat (Tavleen Kaur Bhandal 11, Shania Shah 6) bt Puducherry (Akila 3) 28-4 (13-0, 6-1, 6-0, 4-4)

Boys:

Level 1:

Group A:

Tamil Nadu (P. Baladaneshwar 49, J. Adarsh Premsan 24, C. Joshua Rozano 15) bt Uttar Pradesh (Dhiraj 27, Lau Singh 24, Pankaj 17) 99-95 (19-8, 17-29, 22-23, 24-22, Extra time: 17-13)

Group B:

Haryana (Ankit 12, Rahul 11, Sahil 11) bt Kerala (Shreyas 26, Joshua 11, Gokul 8) 69-65 (17-16, 15-13, 14-18, 23-18)

Punjab (Kanwar Gurbaz Singh 9, Swapnil Sharma 8, Sahil 7) bt Rajasthan (Akash Basu 6) 47-8 (20-0, 10-2, 9-2, 8-4)

Level 2:

Group D:

Gujarat (Karan Pithadia 8, Krishnapal 8, Kuldeep Tamliya 6) bt Andhra Pradesh 42-8 (6-0, 11-1, 5-1, 20-6)

Results from Day 2 up to 7:30 p.m.

Girls:

Level 1:

Group A:

Maharashtra (Rutuja Pawar 11, Siddhi Kothavade 8, Aditi K. 6) bt Andhra Pradesh 37-7 (20-2, 2-0, 7-0, 8-5)

Tamil Nadu (Avanthi 22, Darshini 8, Ishwarya J. 7) bt Madhya Pradesh (Divyani 7, Rhea 5, Shivani 4) 56-18 (15-7, 19-2, 8-4, 16-5)

Group B:

Karnataka (Snigddha 17, Sandhya 12, Chandana 6) bt Kerala (Sreekala 8, Adhika N.P. 4) 42-37 (8-10, 13-10, 12-5, 9-12)

Haryana (Meena 12, Meenu 9, Bharti 7) bt Delhi (Shubham Ohlan 9, Bharti Gupta 9) 37-31 (5-13, 9-8, 11-5, 12-5)

Level 2:

Group C:

Uttar Pradesh (Mansi Prajapati 13, Stuti Pandey 6, Pratibha Singh 6) bt Jammu and Kashmir 43-6 (15-2, 12-4, 12-0, 4-0)

Group D:

West Bengal (Paramita Ghosh 28, Neha Singh 10) bt Gujarat (Tavleen Kaur Bhandal 14, Ria Dubey 9) 56-29 (10-10, 26-13, 10-2, 10-4)

Group E:

Telangana (Arya 7, Nidhi 5, Bhavana 5) bt Rajasthan (Himanshi Sharma 7, Usha Acharaj 4) 36-15 (9-3, 10-4, 14-8, 3-0)

Group F:

Goa (Amisha L. 12, Michelle 11, Rachel 7) bt Bihar (Puja Kumari 6, Shilpa R. 4) 38-10 (7-4, 7-0, 11-4, 8-2)

Boys:

Level 1:

Group A:

Tamil Nadu (K. Ajit 14, R. Pranesh 12, P. Baladhaneshwar 10) bt Chhattisgarh (Sarvesh 11, Gajendra 11) 58-47 (10-10, 16-10, 12-14, 20-13)

Delhi (Manik 18, Hansraj 13, Sorav 12) bt Madhya Pradesh (Harsh Wardhan 19, Manoj 14, Vicky 7) 60-54 (23-10, 6-15, 13-15, 18-14)

Group B:

Kerala (Shevas 12, Abhi 10) bt Rajasthan (Akash 8, Aman 6) 55-20 (19-8, 17-14, 8-4, 11-4)

Punjab (Kanwar Gurbaz Singh 16, Sahil 13, Abhi Kumar 12) bt Maharashtra (Sameer Qureshi 18) 55-26 (16-7, 7-9, 19-6, 13-4)

Level 2:

Group C:

Karnataka (Pavan 10, Pratyanshu 10) bt Puducherry (Gurumurthy 10, Saihiyavanan 8) 54-29 (14-4, 20-6, 4-10, 16-9)

Group D:

Andhra Pradesh (Nagadurga Prasad 22, Veera Babu M.L. 6) bt Telangana (Akash Mallepulla 10) 43-14 (16-8, 9-4, 16-2, 2-0)

About 32nd Youth National Basketball Championship

The 32nd Youth National Basketball Championship is being conducted in Bhavnagar, Gujarat from 14th to 20th September 2015 by the Gujarat State Basketball Association in association with the Bhavnagar District Basketball Association and the Youngsters Basketball Club, Bhavnagar under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India.

The tournament shall see the participation of 43 teams from different states, which includes and 22 teams in the boys’ category and 21 teams in the girls’ category, in the ‘16 and under’ age group. Last year’s Youth National Championship was held in Chandigarh. The winners of the 2014 version were Tamil Nadu, in both the boys’ and girls’ categories, while the first runners up position was secured by the boys’ and girls’ teams from Kerala. The third place winner in the boys’ category last year was the team from Haryana. In the girls’ category, the third place winner last year was Karnataka.

This year’s tournament is being held on two outdoor courts at Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University. KARP Impex Group, involved in the business of diamond polishing, crafting and sale and based out of Surat, Gujarat, is the title sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include Sheetal Group, Acrysil Limited, Madhu Silica, HVK, Rudra TMX, Mono TMT Bar, Leela Worldwide, Maruti Metal Industries, Priya Blue Industries Private Limited, Navyug Pharma Chemical Private Limited, NBM – Iron and Steel Trading Private Limited and Kiran Diamonds.

About Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honour of Arjuna Awards. Earlier in June 2015, 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara made history by becoming the first Indian national to be drafted by an NBA team, when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks. More information at www.basketballfederationindia.org

Vishnu Ravi Shankar
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