The 1st Akshay Bhosale Cup Senior District Basketball Championship, underway from 20th November in Pune at the Millennium National School, saw key knockout games take place. Akshay Bhosale ‘A’, Central Excise in men, and Sardar Dastur Sports Club and PYC in women, are through to the finals. The finals, which was supposed to be played on 23rd November, has now been postponed to 24th due to rough weather. The women’s final will be played at 3:30 pm followed by the men’s finale immediately thereafter.

A total of 12 men and 6 women teams are participating in this league/knockout tournament. The Pune District Men’s and Women’s teams selected from this championship will participate in State Championship to be played at Warnanagar, Kolhapur next month.

The top scorer of the men’s quarter finals was Pradeep of Central Excise with 18 big points to lead his team past Mahesh Bal Bhavan. The top scorers, Yousuf Sayyed and Baldev Singh, faced off in the semi finals both netting 22 points for their respective teams in a close contest that resulted in an Akshay Bhosale ‘A’ 3-point victory!

Match results for November 22nd

Men’s Semi Finals

1. Akshay Bhosale ‘A’ 59 (Yousuf Sayyed 22 pts, Nitin Chopade 15 pts) bt B.E.G 56 (Baldev Singh 22 pts, Karthik 13 pts) Half Time Score 40 – 26

2. Central Excise 38 (Pradeep 13 pts, Ajinkya Mane 9 pts) bt Bharti Nivas Society 20 (Vilobh Hulge 8 pts) Half Time score 24 – 13

Women’s Semi Finals

1. Sardar Dastur Sports Club 48 (Suyosha Shetty 16 pts, Nidhi Parlecha 10 pts) bt Chintamani Nimhan Sports Academy 33 (Saanika Nair 11 pts, Sharvari Pathak 8 pts) Half Time Score 20 – 16

2. P.Y.C 35 (Mrunmayee Joshi 12 pts, Shireen Limaye 10 pts) bt Bharati Niwas Society 19 (Ashmi Kataria 12 pts , Apoorva Sathe 7 pts) Half Time Score 21 – 11

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Women’s semifinals in progress

Men’s Quarter Finals

1. Akshay Bhosale Academy ‘A’ 55 (Yousuf Sayyed 14 pts, Nitin Chopade 12 pts) bt Deccan Gymkhana ‘B’ 52 (Pranav Wagle 17 pts, Deepak Pawar 9 pts) Half Time Score 24 – 28

2. Central Excise 34 (Pradeep 18 pts, Siddhant Shinde 10 pts) bt Mahesh Bal Bhavan 26 (Prasad Malwadkar 8 pts, Sourabh Bhalerao 8 pts ) Half Time Score 20 – 11

3. B.E.G 50 (Sandeep Kumar 10 pts, Sudhir Pal 8 pts) bt Mitra Mandal 26 (Ashwin Mehendale 8 pts, Ameya Chandrachud 8 pts) Half Time Score 31 – 11

4. Bharati Niwas Society 32 (Yogesh Hulge 10 pts, Vrushabh Atavane 7 pts) bt University Boys 24 (Akshay Thite 8 pts, Victor Anthony 8 pts) Half Time Score 20 – 14

Men’s team BEG went through to the semifinals

The tournament was inaugurated by Mr Anand Kulkarni, the Jt Secretary of the Poona District Basketball Association. Also present were, Mr Lalit Nahata, Mr Suresh Shelar, and Mr Govind Patil.

Team Ekalavyas
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