Hyderabad, 4th October 2016: Four days into the 43rd Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship 2016 and things are looking clearer with the knockout stages around the corner. There was joy for the home crowd today morning as the Telangana boys advanced to Level 1 of the tournament after beating Chandigarh 66-32. Centre Harsh Hooda top scored again for Telangana with 13 points. The Punjab girls and boys also moved up to the Level 1, both defeating their West Bengal counterparts by comfortable margins.

Mr Kanna Phaneendra, Chairman of Suneendra Sports Corporation and owner of one of the top three horse polo clubs in Asia was the special guest invitee this morning.

Later in the evening, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, Secretary-General, Basketball Federation of India was witness to the final Level 2 qualifying match between Telangana and Punjab boys.

The Delhi girls fought a close battle against Andhra Pradesh, who recovered from a poor first quarter showing and fought their way back into the contest. But Delhi held on and advanced to level 1 with a 41-38 win, on the back of Trishala’s consistent scoring (21 pts) throughout the game. In Group A of Level 1, Rajasthan girls pulled away late for a 26-23 win against BFI-Madhya Pradesh.

In the second half of the day, the Tamil Nadu girls won a thriller against Kerala that was decided in the final minutes. Despite Kerala’s size, Tamil Nadu stuck to their strategy of team rebounding and running the breaks. TN executed calmly down the stretch and pulled off a 61-57 victory. In other level 1 boys’ games, Chhattisgarh blew out Maharashtra 60 to 33, while Uttar Pradesh knocked out Kerala from the tournament with a 60-16 win.

RESULTS FROM Day 4 (4th October 2016) till end of day
Girls:
Final Qualifying match (Level 2 to Level 1)

Both these teams have qualified to the prequarterfinals already. This match is played so that the winning team gets to decide their prequarterfinal opponent.

  1. Delhi (Kritika Dhingra 28, Trishala 16) bt Punjab (Harsimran Kaur 8) 63-30 (24-7, 9-10, 11-9, 19-4)
Qualifying matches (Level 2 to Level 1):
  1. Delhi (Trishala 21, Kritika Dhingra 10) bt Andhra Pradesh (V. Venkata Lakshmi 12, N. Anjali 8) 41-38 (16-2, 10-14, 11-9, 4-13)
  2. Punjab (Manroop Kaur 13, Isha 10) bt West Bengal (Priyanka Ghosh 11, Shreya Nath 8, Ratri Dey 7) 47-38 (8-13, 6-6, 15-4, 18-15)
Level 1:
Group A:
  1. Rajasthan (Rashi Khotani 7) bt BFI-Madhya Pradesh (Asmat Kaur Taunque 13) 26-23 (7-7, 7-3, 6-11, 6-2)
  2. Chhattisgarh (Akansha Singh 17, Khusbhoo Gupta 12, D Kirti 11) bt BFI-Madhya Pradesh (Asmat Kaur Taunque 23, Nancy Mishra 9) 65-44 (19-16, 16-2, 12-17, 18-9)
Group B:
  1. Maharashtra (S. Pawar 12, Danica Pereira 12) bt Telangana (Y. Swathi 8) 41-16 (8-6, 10-0, 6-1, 17-9)
  2. Tamil Nadu (Sathya K 19, Sree Varshini J 11, Nikita A 8) bt Kerala (Ann Mary Zachariah 15, Sarangi Santosh 9) 61-57 (18-8, 11-14, 12-22, 20-13)
Mohana of Telengana drives against Maharasthra at the 43rd Arise Steel Sub-Junior National Championship

Mohana of Telengana drives against Maharasthra at the 43rd Arise Steel Sub-Junior National Championship

Loser Knockout Quarterfinals:
  1. Odisha (Akankshya Das 9, Swetha Pradhan 6) bt Goa (Casey Sancia Nunes 2, Brigitte Albuquerque 2, Asmita Simran PK 2)17-6 (2-0, 7-2, 8-2, 0-2)
  2. Chandigarh (Anjali Negi 14, Kiranjeet Kaur 10) bt Jammu and Kashmir (Pranati Raj Tashu 4) 30-4 (8-0, 6-0, 6-2, 10-2)
  3. Gujarat (Twinkle Kandar 10, Vishva Panchal 10) bt Bihar (Shubhra Dutt 2) 39-2 (11-0, 8-0, 9-0, 11-2)
  4. Himachal Pradesh (Supreet Kaur 8, Gagneet Kaur 7) bt Jharkhand (Ashisom Kujur 9, Supriya Kumari 8) 43-29 (11-15, 13-9, 13-3, 6-2)
Boys:
Final Qualifying match (Level 2 to Level 1)

Both these teams have qualified to the prequarterfinals already. This match is played so that the winning team gets to decide their prequarterfinal opponent.

  1. Telangana (Shaikh Khaja Vali 20, Paul Ritvik Inamala 18, Shoaib Khan 13) bt Punjab (Rohan 16, Deepak Kumar 13) 84-54(30-8, 22-12, 24-17, 8-17)
Qualifying matches (Level 2 to Level 1):
  1. Punjab (Gurdeep Singh 18, Prince Kumar 11, Rohan 10) bt West Bengal (Robiuddin Fakir 12, Kaushik Mondal 11) 53-41 (15-11, 14-16, 10-4, 14-10)
  2. Telangana (Harsh Hooda 13, Shaik Khaja Vali 12, Paul Ritvik 10) bt Chandigarh (Sahil 14, Ramjaan Khan 13) 66-32 (17-15, 21-2, 14-4, 14-11)
Level 1:
Group A:
  1. Uttar Pradesh (Vinay Pawar 14, Robin Banerjee 12, Yash Vardhan 11) bt Kerala (Pranav Prince 7) 60-16 (22-4, 16-1, 12-4, 16-7)
  2. Andhra Pradesh (Shaik Ahmed Alisha 13, S. Nayeem Basha 13) bt Odisha (Brahmandanda Behera 17, SK Fayazuddin 12)54-49 (14-6, 12-6, 17-15, 11-22)
Group B:
  1. Chhattisgarh (S. Sudhir 20, Md. Farhan Raza 12, Pranav Sharma 10) bt Maharashtra (Imran Khan 9, Usman Khan 8) 60-33(10-9, 12-8, 18-10, 20-6)
  2. Rajasthan (Mahaveer Banjara 19, Sheikh Saif Ali 17) bt Karnataka (Shiva Kumar R 14, Achintya Krishna 14) 63-38 (18-10, 14-14, 19-6, 12-8)
Karnataka Boys in Yellow against Rajasthan at the 43rd Arise Steel Sub-Junior National Championship

Karnataka Boys in Yellow against Rajasthan at the 43rd Arise Steel Sub-Junior National Championship

Loser Knockout Quarterfinals:
  1. Jammu & Kashmir (Rinku Singh 13, Aslam Khan 7) bt Uttarakhand (Ritik Kumar 11, Amanveer Singh 10) 33-32 (8-7, 0-7, 7-11, 18-7)
  2. Himachal Pradesh (Sukhwinder Singh 16, Prabhjot Singh 15) bt Puducherry (Shaan Deepan M 7) 64-37 (13-5, 16-18, 12-5, 23-9)
  3. Delhi (Tushar 15, Ashwani 13, Alpansh Makker 10) bt Jharkhand (Ashish Verma 8, Abhishek Chhetry 8) 48-30 (15-11, 3-6, 19-10, 11-3)
  4. Tamil Nadu (R. Harish 25, S. Harish 24) bt Gujarat (Paramveer Singh Tak 16, Karan Mahadik 13) 70-34 (14-4, 13-4, 23-9, 20-13)

*BFI-MP is an independent team comprising players from across Madhya Pradesh who were given one time approval to participate in this event. 

About the Sub-Junior Nationals

The Sports Authority of Telangana (SATS) Indoor Stadium in Saroornagar, Hyderabad will play host to the 43rd Sub-Junior National Championship 2016. The tournament is being held from 1st to 7th October 2016, organised by the Hyderabad District Basketball Association under the auspices of Telangana State Basketball Association (TBA) and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI).

The Sub-junior or ‘mini’ nationals is annually held for boys and girls of the age 13 or younger and is the premier national level tournament at this entry level age group. As many as 22 matches per day will be played on a league cum knockout basis inside the two indoor courts within the stadium complex with 27 boys’ teams and 24 girls’ teams participating.

National level basketball is returning to the city of Hyderabad for the first time in 13 years, after the 2003 Senior National Basketball Championship. In fact, the last time a national level tournament was held in unified Andhra Pradesh was the junior national championship in Anantapur back in 2007.

BFI-Madhya Pradesh is the two time defending champions in the boys section while Chhattisgarh is the defending champion in the girls section from the 42nd edition held in Puducherry earlier this February. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana teams had finished 5th and 10th in the boys and girls sections respectively.

Team Ekalavyas
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