Sumesh Joseph of Kerala takes on Rahul Mehla of Punjab. Image credits: Basketball Federation of India

Puducherry, 9th January 2017: On the morning of Day 3 of the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship, the Indian Railways men looked like a cohesive unit in their win against Chhattisgarh. Led by the scoring of 2016 NBA D-League draftee Palpreet Singh (30 points), the Railways dominated the second half to close out on a 64-53 win. The Karnataka men continued their good run with a thrilling win against Haryana today. Anil Kumar top scored again for Karnataka with 26 points as his team held on to a slim lead and clinched another win (76-73).

Chhattisgarh women in action against Indian Railways in the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship. Image credits: Basketball Federation of India

The Railways women matched the performance of their male counterparts with a solid team effort against Chhattisgarh. Depsite Poonam’s 42 points, Railways balanced scoring helped them tip Chhattisgarh in a match that was decided in the final minute. Clutch freethrows knocked down by Railways’ Sitamani Tudu secured a 71-68 win for her team. The Kerala girls registered another easy win today blowing out the Delhi team 80 to 44. Kerala and India team star Jeena PS put up 22 points.

In the Level 2 men’s games, Chandigarh and Delhi registered wins against Sikkim and Goa respectively, while Telangana won another game today morning, this time against Bihar (65-39).

Later in the day, the Telangana women’s team, who surprised everyone by reaching the semi-finals last year, proved too strong for Punjab. After racing to a double-digit lead in the first half, Telangana cruised the rest of the game to reach a 71-43 win.  The Madhya Pradesh women inched closer to moving to Level 1 by winning another game today beating Himachal Pradesh 47-27.

Punjab men’s slip from form was tough to watch as they suffered a 2-game skid losing their match against Kerala today. Akhil top scored for Kerala with 29 points as they pulled away late to clinch a 88-77 victory. There was some cheer for the home crowd today as the Puducherry men beat Himachal Pradesh 68 to 47, led by Achuthan’s 18 points.

Last evening, the Tamil Nadu women pleased the crowd by defeating the Delhi women in a close contest. Delhi’s Raspreet Sidhu blew up for 37 points, but it was not enough against Tamil Nadu who came from behind in the second half to gain the lead and finish with a 72-68 win. On the other hand, their neighbours and last year’s finalists Kerala broke no sweat in a 64-23 win against the Rajasthan women.

In the Level 1 men’s games last evening, the star-studded Uttarakhand team took on arch rivals Tamil Nadu in the game of the tournament thus far. The teams were neck and neck throughout the game with the India stars pouring in the points for both teams. ONGC duo of Amritpal Singh (28 points) and Vishesh Bhrighuvanshi (18 points) were combining well, while guard Prasanna Venkatesh was leading the way for Tamil Nadu with 24 points in the game. With Tamil Nadu up by 3 points in the final minutes, a clutch triple by Uttarkhand’s Trideep Rai followed by a breakaway layup gave Uttarakhand a 2-point lead. Tamil Nadu were unable to convert in the final minute as Uttarakhand registered a successful comeback, much like they did last senior nationals in the semifinals.

Raspreet Sidhu of Delhi in action against M Surya Dharshini of Tamil Nadu in their late night match on 8th Jan in the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship. Image credits: Basketball Federation of India

Results from 9th January 2017 up to 7.30 pm

WOMEN

Level 1:

Group A:

  1. Indian Railways (Madhu 20, Sitamani Tudu 14, R. Rajapriyadharshini 14, Anitha Paul-Durai 11) bt Chhattisgarh (Poonam Chaturvedi 42, Sharanjeet Kaur 17) 71-68 (15-14, 26-17, 17-19, 13-18)
  2. Telangana (Trittymol Joseph 16, Gayathri 15, Ramya 14, Aishwarya Nataraj 9) bt Punjab (Nagma Mirza 14, Gauri 9) 71-43 (20-10, 20-10, 24-23, 7-0)

Group B:

  1. Kerala (Jeena PS 22, Anjana PG 12, Rojamol 11) bt Delhi (Raspreet Sidhu 29) 80-44 (22-18, 25-3, 15-11, 18-12)
  2. Tamil Nadu (KK Sruti 15, K. Prithi 13, S. Srividhya 12) bt West Bengal (Neha Singh 5) 74-23 (21-3, 16-10, 17-4, 20-6)

Level 2:

Group C:

  1. Haryana (Alisha 17, Anju 14, Antim 13) bt Uttarakhand (Rida Fatima 5) 47-10 (12-3, 5-2, 13-3, 17-2)

Group D:

  1. Madhya Pradesh (Nima Doma 17, Rimpi Huda 8) bt Himachal Pradesh (Jyotika 15) 47-27 (12-8, 9-6, 12-10, 14-3)
  2. Uttar Pradesh (Vaishnavi 16, Harshita 10, Kavya 10) bt Goa (Charmaine 5) 49-8 (19-9, 14-2, 3-6, 13-0)

MEN

Level 1:

Group A:

  1. Karnataka (Anil Kumar 26, Rajesh Uppar 14, Naveen 13, Arvind Arumugam 12) bt Haryana (Pardeep 24, Vikas Mor 16, Naveen 15) 76-73 (23-21, 13-11, 23-24, 17-17)
  2. Kerala (Akhil AR 29, Albin Baby 20)bt Punjab (Gurvinder Singh 22, Arshpreet Singh 19, Talwinder Singh 16) 88-77 [15-18, 24-18, 25-21, 24-20]

Group B:

  1. Indian Railways (Palpreet Singh 30) bt Chhattisgarh (Rudraks M 22, Amit Rai 9) 64-53 (14-9, 8-17, 25-14, 17-13)

Level 2:

Group C:

  1. Chandigarh (Sahil S 13, Amit Bishla 12, Jungsher 10, Karandeep Singh 10) bt Sikkim (Abhishek 10) 77-18 (21-6, 21-7, 15-1, 20-4)
  2. Telangana (Nikhil Sai Kumar 17, A. Muthukumar 15, Chris Viresh 13) bt Bihar (Sanjeev Kumar 12, Manvendra 12, Vishnu Kumar 8) 65-39 (16-19, 15-7, 12-8, 22-5)
  3. Delhi (Sachin Sharma 14, Himanshu Sharma 10) bt Goa (Dillano Marchon 10) 63-31 (19-8, 13-7, 19-16, 12-0)
  4. Rajasthan (Vinod Kumar 22, Sharad 16, Saurabh 12) bt Sikkim (Gaurav Tyagi 10) 82-27 (27-6, 19-7, 26-5, 10-9)

Group D:

  1. Himachal Pradesh (Sushant 18, Aman 10) bt Tripura (Ratandeep Singh 14, Sahil 12) 56-34 (18-8, 13-6, 11-8, 14-12)
  2. Bihar (Sanjeev Kumar 30, Vishnu Kumar 16) bt Tripura (Pradeep 8, Abhi 6) 70-31 (22-7, 18-10, 17-10, 13-4)
  3. Puducherry (Achuthan 18, Vinod 13, Hari 12) bt Himachal Pradesh (Anubhav 12, Aman 9) 68-47 (18-14, 15-11, 14-12, 21-10)

Group E:

  1. Odisha (Sheikh Aftab 23, RK Sahu 15) bt Arunachal Pradesh (Himanshu 14) 63-33 (12-2, 13-11, 12-9, 26-11)
  2. Jammu and Kashmir (Ranbir 20, Shubham Bhardwaj 20) bt Uttar Pradesh (Lalit 15, Aman 13, Bhagyansh Gulati 11) 68-59 (16-11, 15-19, 17-16, 20-13)

Group F:

  1. Madhya Pradesh (Shubham 20, Harsh 17) bt West Bengal (Manpreet Singh 13, Arka Shah 10) 68-47 (19-15, 8-13, 23-12, 18-7)
  2. Andhra Pradesh (S. Mahesh 15, G. Ganesh 13, GV Reddy 11) bt Jharkhand (RA Jojo 17, S. Singh 12) 74-48 (22-13, 14-17, 21-11, 17-7)

Sachin Kaundal of Himachal Pradesh attempts a layup against Puducherry in the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship. Image credits: Basketball Federation on India

Results from 8th January 2017 after 7 pm

WOMEN

Level 1:

Group B:

  1. Tamil Nadu (Srividya SS 26, M. Keerthi 21, R. Varsha N. 13) bt Delhi (Raspreet Sidhu 37, Sushantika Chakravorty 12, Vinti 10) 72-68 (16-16, 22-25, 19-14, 15-13)
  2. Kerala (Anjana PG 19, Poojamol KS 15) bt Rajasthan (Nisha 9, Kamlesh 8) 64-23 (23-4, 16-8, 17-3, 8-8)

Level 2:

Group D:

  1. Madhya Pradesh (Nima Doma 17, Sakshi Pandey 12) bt Goa (Keziah 4) 42-16 (12-0, 6-5, 8-4, 16-7)
  2. Uttar Pradesh (Vaishnavi 24, Shivani 10) bt Himachal Pradesh (Muskan 10) 43-19 (15-0, 9-7, 10-8, 9-4)

MEN

Level 1:

Group A:

  1. Haryana (Pardeep 18, Vinit 13) bt Kerala (Gineeb Benny 14, Ashwin Philip 9) 72-67 [15-20, 21-20, 20-17, 16-10]

Group B:

  1. Uttarakhand (Amritpal Singh 28, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 18, Trideep Rai 14) bt Tamil Nadu (Prasanna Venkatesh 24, Akhilan Pari 12, Vineeth Revi Mathew 10) 69-67 [17-19, 13-12, 14-18, 25-18]

Level 2:

Group D:

  1. Telangana (A. Muthukumar 26, M. Vijay Kumar 15, Nikhil Sai Kumar 10) bt Tripura (Ratandeep Singh 10, Sahil 10) 59-33 (19-7, 19-11, 19-2, 2-13)

Group F:

  1. Andhra Pradesh (Varma 22, Pavan 10, Venkat 10) bt West Bengal (Ranjoy 14) 62-37 (7-10, 22-10, 16-8, 17-9)
  2. Madhya Pradesh (Harendra Tomar 16, Shubham 12, Jasveer 10) bt Jharkhand (Rohit Jojo 11) 63-27 (21-6, 16-9, 17-5, 9-7)

For results of Day 2, please click here

Team Ekalavyas
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