Thiruvalla, 11th November, 2016: Pushapgiri men and women tasted victory here on the opening day of the 11th Mar Theophilos Trophy Inter Medicos Basketball Tournament here at Pushpa Basketball Stadium in Thiruvalla.
In the inaugural match, Pushapagiri defeated TD Medical College Alappuzha, 43-22, with Vivek George scoring 18 points, while the Girls A team defeated Alappuzha Govt 20-8. Sherin scored 12 points for Pushapgiri.
In Othermatches Govt Medical College Kottayam defeated Govt Medical college Thiruvanthapuram 30-15 while Sree Gokulam Medical college defeated Givt Medival College Kozhikode 32-23
Earlier in the tournament, the DSP of Thiruvalla, R. Chandrasekhara Pilla inaugurated the event after a colorful march past from the participants. This was followed by the cultural presentation by the students of Pushpagiri Medical College. International basketball player Basil Philip was the Guest of Honor on the day. 12 teams in the mens and 4 in the womens category are taking part in this 4 Day Tournament. The men section will be played on a League cum Knock-Out basis while the womens section will be played in the Round Robin format.
Pushpagiri Medical College, Thiruvalla 43 (Vivek George 18, Rahul Idukkulla 11) bt Govt T D Medical College, Alapuzha 22
Govt Medical College, Kottayam 30 (George Paul 10) bt Govt Medical College, Trivandrum 15
Sree Gokulum Medical College, Trivandrum 32 (Naveen Santhosh 11) bt Govt Medical College, Calicut 23
Pushpagiri Medical College, Thiruvalla (A) 20 (Sherin Jacob 12) bt Govt TD Medical College, Alappuzha 8