Hyderabad, 6th October 2016: The semifinal games of the 43rd Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship 2016 concluded today at the SATS Indoor Stadium, Saroornagar in the city.

Mr Aadhav Arjuna, Managing Director of Arise Steel Industries was the chief guest of the evening. He shook hands with both the Telangana and Rajasthan boys squads accompanied by Mr R Sridhar Reddy, President of the Organising Committee & Hyderabad District Basketball Association and Mr M Rajender Reddy, President, Telangana Basketball Association.

In the girls section, Chhattisgarh beat Maharashtra in a closely fought 51-45 game. Khushboo Gupta top scored for the defending champions with 19 points. In the second semifinals, southern rivals Tamil Nadu and Kerala battled hard before Kerala prevailed 66-62.

In the two boys semifinals, defending champions BFI-Madhya Pradesh* and Rajasthan separated themselves in the second half against Haryana and Andhra Pradesh respectively, to set up their summit clash.

Tomorrow’s final day schedule is as follows:

3rd & 4th Place Matches

8.00 am Haryana vs Andhra Pradesh – Boys (Court 1)

8.00 am Maharashtra vs Tamil Nadu – Girls (Court 2)

Finals

10.00 am Chhattisgarh vs Kerala – Girls (Court 1)

11.30 am Madhya Pradesh vs Rajasthan – Boys (Court 1)

RESULTS FROM Day 6 (6th October 2016)
Girls:
Level 1
Semifinals
  1. Chhattisgarh (Khushboo Gupta 19, Urvashi 14) bt Maharashtra (Siya Deodhar 12, Sanskruti Pawar 7) 51-45 (20-6, 12-14, 9-14, 10-11)
  2. Kerala (Jayasree 21, Gouri 17) bt Tamil Nadu (Sathya K 29, Nitika 14) 66-62 (18-24, 20-6, 15-14, 13-18)
Chhattisgarh girls build a huge first quarter lead against Maharashtra to make it to the finals of the 43rd Arise Steel Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship 2016

Chhattisgarh girls build a huge first quarter lead against Maharashtra to make it to the finals of the 43rd Arise Steel Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship 2016

5-6 Classification Match
  1. Rajasthan (Rashi Kothani 17, Uma Bairna 8) bt Uttar Pradesh (Chaitali Rajesh 16, Kirti Nigam 8) 46-40 (16-11, 9-3, 6-10, 15-16)
7-8 Classification Match
  1. Karnataka (Harini MS 14, Janani N 10) bt Madhya Pradesh (Sania Pal 5) 35-22 (6-2, 9-7, 8-8, 12-3)
First round of 5-8 Classification Matches
  1. Uttar Pradesh (Ananya 8, Chitali 7) bt Madhya Pradesh (Manvi Agarwal 10) 33-21 (9-3, 7-2, 6-5, 11-11)
  2. Rajasthan (Rashi Kothani 16) bt Karnataka (Harini MS 8) 41-25 (7-5, 3-8, 8-13, 7-15)
9-10 Classification Match
  1. Delhi (Trishala 17, Kritika D 13) bt Punjab (Rupali 5, Manroop K 5) 42-13 (16-11, 11-0, 11-0, 42-2)
Level 2 Losers Knockout Finals:

1       Gujarat (Naomi Lakhanpal 18, Jenisha Avari 11) bt Himachal Pradesh (Gagneet Kaur 10)  42-35 (13-4, 2-11, 16-12, 11-8)

Boys:
Level 1
Semifinals
  1. BFI-Madhya Pradesh* (Sachindra Sharma 23, Brijesh Tiwari 12, Virat Dhakad 11) bt Haryana (Depender 17, Sahil 14, Gourav 13) 66-54 (9-18, 16-8, 20-9, 21-19)
  2. Rajasthan (Seikh Saifali 32, Mahaveer Banjara 24, Digvijay Singh 12) bt Andhra Pradesh (Shaik Ahmed Alisha 20, S Nayeem Basha 12) 94-65 (12-12, 26-18, 24-19, 32-16)
Rajasthan Boys (in white) beat Andhra Pradesh in the Semifinals of the 43rd Arise Steel Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship 2016

Rajasthan Boys (in white) beat Andhra Pradesh in the Semifinals of the 43rd Arise Steel Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship 2016

5-6 Classification Match
  1. Telangana (Harsh Hooda 17, Shaik Khaja Vali 12, Shoib Khan 12) bt Chhattisgarh (Shivam Dubey 20, Rishab Jaiswar 9) 49-48 (10-8, 9-10, 13-14, 17-16)
7-8 Classification Match
  1. Uttar Pradesh (Robin Banerjee 10, Suraj Sonkar 8) bt Punjab (Gurdeep Singh 13) 43-28 (11-9, 18-11, 8-5, 6-3)
First round of 5-8 Classification Matches
  1. Telangana (Shankar 12, Ritvik Inamala 11, Khaja Vali 10) bt Uttar Pradesh (Yash Vardhan 15, Mayank Pal 14) 59-54 (7-12, 15-7, 20-14, 17-21)
  2. Chhattisgarh (Md Farhan Raza 14, R Deepak 11, Rishab Jaiswar 10) bt Punjab (Gurdeep Singh 14) 55-31 (9-7, 15-10, 22-9, 19-15)
9-10 Classification Match
  1. Maharashtra (Imran Khan 18, Usman Khan 18, Huzaifa Qureshi 15) bt Odisha (Manoj Kumar 24, Brahmanda Behe 13) 67-60(14-15, 9-17, 26-14)
Level 2 Losers Knockout Finals:
  1. Tamil Nadu (J Yogeswaran 18, S Harish 10, R Harish 10) bt Delhi (Saurabh 15, Ashwani 12, Tushar 9) 54-48 (12-12, 8-13, 18-12, 16-11)

*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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