Kozhikode, 23rd September, 2016: The preliminary matches of the Indian School Basketball League (ISBL) took place here on the 23rd of September, at the Manchira Maidan In Kozhikode and Sacred Heart CMI School in Thevara.
The Indian School Basketball League (ISBL) is an effort to lift basketball up from the grass-roots, and is being organized by the Basketball Federation of India in collaboration with Kerala Basketball Association.
The stated idea is to create a structured, self-sustaining, pan-India, school league which will serve as a platform to increase the participation in organised basketball, and subsequently will work as the talent development/feeder system for the Indian national teams.
Apart from Kerala, 15 other States are participating in the league. These include: Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, West Bengal, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram.
In Kerala, the preliminary rounds of the ISBL are being played at five centers Kochi, Koratty, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikde. They are being played in a round robin format, in which the sixteen (16) teams; 4 each in boys and girls are divided into four (4) groups of four (4) teams in five centers . Every team will take on its three (3) opponents twice in its respective group. 2 teams from each group will advance to the final which will be played at Kottayam. The State finals will be played in a knockout format.
In Kozhikode Girls Division, St. Michaels came away undefeated, winning all 3 group matches in the first round. Similarly, Sacred Heart Public School, Thevra also won their 3 matches, as the home matches in Group C concluded.
In Ernakulum Boys Division, Sacred Heart CMI Public School defeated St. Josephs HSS, Pulicunnu (61-57) and St. Josephs finished 2nd with 2 win and 1 loss.
St. Michaels, in their last league match beat Presentation (39-30) to top the group and Providence took the second spot with 2 wins and 1 loss.
Presentation GHS, Kozhikode 43 (Archana 21, Akhila Mohan 14) bt GVHSS, Thallasseery 37 (Anu Maria 12)
St. Michaels HSS, Kozhikode 47 (Justina 11, Anagha 15) bt Providence, Kozhikode 44 (Aswani Sreekumar 11, Adhika 11)
St. Michaels HSS, Kozhikode 35 (Kasmeera Santhosh 14) bt GVHSS, Thalasserry 7
Providence GHS, Kozhikode 39 (Anargja 14) bt Presentation GHS, Kozhikode 30 (Akhila Mohan 14)
St. Michaels HSS, Kozhikode 39 (Adhitya K 10) bt Presentation GHS, Kozhikode 30 (Akhila Mohan 14)
Providence GHS, Kozhikode 48(Adhika 17, Anargja 10) bt GVHSS, Thallasseery 23 (Anu Maria 11)
SH CMI Public School, Thevara 68 (Sharan Louis 23, Shaun Louis 13) bt Chinmaya Vaduthala 42 (Sagar 14)
St. Joseph HSS, Pulikkunnu 70 (Amal 29, Feby 8) bt Rajagiri, Kalamsserry 43 (Thushar 21)
SH CMI Public School, Thevara 68 (Sharan Louis 25 , Shaun Louis 19) bt St Joseph HSS, Pulikkunnu 57 (Amal Raghu 22, Abhinandu 11)
Rajagiri, Kalamsserry 49 (Thushar 15) bt Chinmaya Vaduthala 42 (Sagar 19)
St Joseph HSS, Pulikkunnu 44 (Abhinandu 15) bt Chinmaya Vaduthala 18
SH CMI Public School, Thevara 45 (Sharan Louis 17, Shaun Louis 10) bt Chinmaya Vaduthala 33