Hassan, Karnataka, 20th November, 2016: On the morning of Day 2 of the Youth Nationals 2016, joint defending champions Tamil Nadu girls got off to a winning start after handily beating West Bengal 68-19. The Odisha girls also won their game today morning with a 48-14 drubbing of Puducherry.

In the boys’ fixtures, Kerala continued their winning ways pulling away from Gujarat to register a 76-52 win. Joint defending boys’ champions Tamil Nadu fell to a 79-67 defeat against Chhattisgarh, who were led by Binod Rajak’s 16 points.

The level 2 boys’ games saw some close encounters that were decided in the final minutes. West Bengal edged past Uttarakhand 73-69 with a strong fourth quarter showing. The Goa boys came from behind against Telangana outscoring them in the third quarter to reclaim the lead and finish with a 65-59 win. Andhra Pradesh steamrolled Tripura (50-14), while Odisha registered a comfortable 71-52 win against Himachal Pradesh. Puducherry had a reason to cheer today morning as they registered their first win in the tournament in their match against Bihar that ended 69 to 56. Sathyavanam led the way for Puducherry with 29 points.

Later in the day, the Delhi boys continued their winning ways defeating Chandigarh 87-66 on the back of a strong fourth quarter. Yuvraj put up 20 points for Delhi in the win. The other joint defending champions in the girls’ category, Chhattisgarh, were unable to match their Tamil Nadu counterparts today, as they capitulated to a 59-34 defeat against Uttar Pradesh. Vaishnavi Yadav put up another good performance for UP with 25 points. Maharashtra girls bounced back from their loss yesterday to register their first win of the tournament against Haryana (66-55). Punjab girls also got their first win beating Madhya Pradesh 64-57.

Day 2
Girls:
Level 1:
Group A:
  1. Tamil Nadu (Avanti Vardhan 13, S. Pushpa 12, J. Monica 12) bt West Bengal (Tanya Dheerendra 8) 68-19 (22-3, 24-4, 9-8, 13-4)
  2. Madhya Pradesh (Divyani Ganiwal 17 pts, Varsha Kusawah 15) bt Punjab (Prabhjot Kaur 26, Radha Rani 13) 64-57 [21-17, 15-14, 10-13, 18-13]
MP girls (in navy blue) bt Punjab in a tense encounter

MP girls (in navy blue) bt Punjab in a tense encounter

Group B:
  1. Maharashtra (Khushi Dongre 16, Shreya Dandekar 15) bt Haryana (Ankita 21, Saraswati 10) 66-55 (18-22, 18-11, 19-10, 11-12)
  2. Uttar Pradesh (Vaishnavi Yadav 25, Kavya Dwivedi 13) bt Chhattisgarh (Akansha Bhoi 20) 59-34 (10-6, 13-11, 20-8, 16-9)
Chhattisgarh girls (in white) battling Uttar Pradesh on Day 2

Chhattisgarh girls (in white) battling Uttar Pradesh on Day 2

Level 2:
Group C:
  1. Odisha (Lipramayee 21, S. Sahoo 6) bt Puducherry (Venus Gloria 4) 48-14 (14-0, 12-5, 9-1, 13-8)

Group D:

  1. Rajasthan (Aparna 20, Nandita 13) bt Goa (Michelle De Noronha 6) 54-24 (7-2, 16-13, 14-5, 17-2)
Boys:
Level 1: 
Group A:
  1. Kerala (Amal Reghu 25, Chacko Simon 11, Sejin Mathew 8) bt Gujarat (Dvij Tanna 12, Krishnapal Singh 12) 76-52 (19-9, 14-15, 23-13, 20-15)
  2. Chhattisgarh (Binod Rajak 16, Ayushman 14) bt Tamil Nadu (Aravind Kumar 27, Akash 11, Prathap 7, Tarun Kumar 7) 79-67(17-21, 15-6, 25-9, 22-31)
Group B:
  1. Delhi (Yuvraj 20, Nitish 17, Abhishek 14) bt Chandigarh (Ajmer 25, Navjot 10, Rahul 10) 87-66 (16-13, 20-21, 18-14, 33-18)
Level 2:
Group D:
  1. Odisha (Sarat Nayak 19, SK Jena 11) bt Himachal Pradesh (Rahul 22, Vishal 13) 71-52 (14-11, 21-12, 22-13, 14-16)
Group E:
  1. West Bengal (Azaz 17, Janab 10, Aman Dubey 10) bt Uttarakhand (Riyanshu 31, Prashant 15) 73-69 (13-19, 16-17, 15-13, 29-20)
  2. Puducherry (Sathyavanam 29, Lovan 17) bt Bihar (Dharmender 20, Raunak Kumar 16) 69-56 (19-4, 10-21, 12-17, 28-14)
Group F:
  1. Andhra Pradesh (J. Prasad 17) bt Tripura (Mehul Sangwan 9) 50-14 (24-2, 15-0, 2-6, 9-6)
  2. Goa (Shaun Arango 31, Benedict 8) bt Telangana (Mithil Reddy 23, Aman T. 9) 65-59 (10-15, 10-13, 23-10, 22-21)
About the 33rd Youth National Basketball Championship 2016

The 33rd Youth National Basketball Championship for U16 boys and girls is being held in Hassan, Karnataka from the 19th to the 26th of November, 2016.

The matches are being conducted at three venues – the indoor and outdoor courts of the Hasanamba Stadium and the courts of the Malnad College of Engineering.

The championship is being organised by Karnataka State Basketball Association (KSBBA) under the aegis of Basketball Federation of India (BFI). The inauguration ceremony will be held on Saturday, 19th November at 4:15 pm.

Championship Details

In total, 24 boys teams and 22 girls teams are participating in the eight day tournament.  As always, the teams have been divided into upper Level 1 and lower Level 2. Within each Level, the teams are further divided into Groups A & B (Level 1) and Groups C to F (for Level 2 teams).

This is a league cum knockout format, and as many as 122 matches will be played from early morning to late night. The top teams after the group stages will proceed to the knockout rounds. There is also a system of relegation/promotion whereby the bottom two Level 1 teams will get relegated to Level 2 for the next edition, replaced by the top two teams from Level 2.

Prior to the 2016 edition, 32 iterations of the Championship have been held so far. The 2015 edition was held in Bhavnagar & Anand in Gujarat. Due to incessant rains, the finals were washed out. As a result, Tamil Nadu and Delhi boys, and Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh girls were declared joint winners.

For media queries please contact

Mr Mohan Kumar (Karnataka State Basketball Association) – +91 9845479989

Mr Gopalakrishnan R (BFI Media team) – +91 8197235684

Team Ekalavyas
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