4th January 2017, Thiruvalla: Host Pathanamthitta represented by Thiruvalla YMCA – the top club of Pathanamthitta district defeated Thrissur district represented by Kunnamkulam Basketball Club in Keralotsavam 2016 – the youth festival of Kerala, held at the Municipal Stadium basketball ground.
In the absence of top players like Sejin, Shibil and Jishnu Nair, with the help of their bench, Pathanamthitta proved that they were still the team to beat as they defeated Thrissur 49-24. Pathanamthitta’s defensive anchor was state level player and Custom’s team star player Abhilash T S, while Sohul K Lal was unstoppable as he led the scoring charge for Pathanamthitta with 21 points and was well assisted by Aswin Abraham and Akhil G with 10 points each. For Kunnamkulam, Abhilash T S was the top scorer with 13 points.
In the semi-final, Pathanamthitta defeated the defending champion Kasaragod 38-21 to meet Thrissur who battled it out against their opponent Kottayam in a close match that ended 53-48.
In the women’s session where walkovers dominated the proceedings, Palakkad beat Thrissur 18-9 to clinch the women’s title.
Detailed scores are as follows:
Pathanamthitta 49 (Sohul K Lal 21, Aswin Abraham 10, Akhil G 10) bt Thrissur 24 (Abhilash TS 13, Greeves Kottayial 10)
Palakkad 18 (Sujitha 18) bt Thrissur 9
Pathanamthitta 38 (Aswin A 16, Sejin Mathew 10) bt Kasaragod 21 (Jithesh 10)
Thrissur 53 (Abhilash 16, Greeves 15) bt Kottayam 48 (Abin Babu 18, Thomas 10, Sijimon Pappachan 10)
Keralotsavam is the Youth Festival of Kerala. It is co-ordinated by Kerala State Youth Welfare Board to give an opportunity for youngsters and youth clubs who do not get a chance in school-college festivals, from this year onwards, Keralotsavam is being organised at panchayat-levels in connection with Onam celebrations to showcase their talent. To know more visit: http://www.ksywb.cdit.org/user/index.php