Bengaluru, 28th January 2017: The 1st Malleshwaram Cup Inter-College Invitational Floodlight Basketball Championship for Men and Women witnessed semifinals action today.
RVCE women and SJCC men are through to the finals, where they will be joined by the SJCC women and MSRIT men.
Badminton ace Ms Saina Nehwal, the Olympic bronze medalist, and Shri K Govindaraj, President of the Basketball Federation of India will be the chief guests for the finale.
Schedule for final day (Sunday, 29th Jan)
3-5 pm: Women and men’s third place matches
5 pm: Women’s finals
6pm: Special Slam Dunk contest (between Bengaluru’s top 4 dunkers Kaif Zia, Roby Thomas, Sunil and Shashi)
6:30 pm: Men’s Finals
The Championship is being held at the Bharath Sports Union courts, Malleshwaram grounds and being organised by Dr CN Ashwathnarayan Foundation in association with Atsiy! Sports and Malleshwaram’s three iconic clubs YMMA, Beagles and Bharath Sports Union.
Women’s 1st Semis: RVCE bt BMSCE 41-36
Despite going scoreless in the entire second quarter, RV College of Engineering managed to triumph over BMS College of Engineering to go through to the finals. RVCE started off strong, leading 17-6 after the first ten minutes. But soon disaster struck in the form of two of its key starters Lipika Hegde and Sahana Hegde getting fouled out in the second quarter itself. Faced with a depleted bench, RVCE Coach Pramod’s risk of keeping the duo in the game backfired as BMSCE made full use of this unexpected windfall, erasing its 11 point deficit to tie the game at 17 all at halftime.
In the second half, RVCE’s Sonali G and Hasmita Monappa hit some big shots to first get a 5 point lead at the end of the third quarter which it then held onto till the final buzzer. BMSCE should be credited for fighting right till the end, but RVCE’s full court press forced them into numerous turnovers which ultimately cost BMSCE the game.
Men’s 1st Semis: SJCC bt PESIT 92-61
Pool B’s top team St Joseph’s College of Commerce took on Pool A’s second placed side PESIT in the first men’s semifinals. In the first quarter it was neck to neck and PESIT was leading by around 5 points. Though SJCC did not have a good start, they played excellent defence in the second quarter which resulted in many PESIT turnovers. After allowing PESIT to score 22 points in the first 10 minutes, SJCC conceded just 8 points in the next ten while scoring 29 of their own, to go into the second half with a 48-30 lead.
In the third quarter, it was all about shooting guard Akhil Ubhayankar, who took over the game, hitting 4 huge threes that boosted SJCC’s confidence. Now playing freely, SJCC’s bench stepped up with backup guard Franklin joining the party, scoring 9 points in the last period, while Ubhayankar drained two more ‘treys’ for good measure, to end with 31 points.
PESIT had five players scoring in double digits, which on any other day would have been a decisive factor, but tonight got restricted to a mere footnote.
Women’s 2nd Semis: SJCC bt MCC 59-30
St Joseph’s College of Commerce women joined their men counterparts in the finals, by beating Mount Carmel College 59-30. SJCC kept steadily building its lead through each period, to snuff out any hopes of an MCC comeback. SJCC’s Chandramuki Amaresh and Raima Johnson finished with 19 and 13 points respectively, while Gomedha HV of MCC was its lone scorer in double digits.
Men’s 2nd Semis: MSRIT bt BMSCE 58-46
In the last semifinals of the evening, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology beat BMS College of Engineering 58-46.
MSRIT started off very strong, building up a 22-10 lead, which became 34-19 at halftime. Forward Melver showed his class, scoring 17 points that were complemented by steller defence. Going into the fourth, MSRIT were comfortably up by 15, so much so that they decide to rest their starters. Forced into getting their opponents to respect them, BMS finally came into its own to suddenly make a game of it, coming within 6 points, 42-48 midway through the fourth quarter. Multiple BMS players got on the scoreboard, as MSRIT were forced to re-inject their main five, to again build a double digit lead that it maintained till the final buzzer.
Semifinal Results from Day 5 (28th Jan)
- St Joseph’s College of Commerce (Akhil Ubhayanakar 31, Akshay Jadhav 15, Rohan Raj 15) bt PESIT (Ashish 17, Akshat 16, Sriram 12, Arvind 11, Dhruv 11) 92-61 [19-22, 29-8, 31-15, 12-15]
- MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (Melver Lobo 17, Sowkin Shetty 12, Anmol 10) bt BMS College of Engineering (Ajit 8, Kailash 7, Rakshit 7, Sriram 7) 58-46 [22-10, 12-9, 15-15, 9-12]
- RV College of Engineering (Sonali G 15, Anusha G 13) bt BMS College of Engineering (Arnica 14, Jennifer 6, Sai Sriparna 5) 41-36 [17-6, 0-11, 13-8, 11-11]
- St Joseph’s College of Commerce (Chandramuki Amaresh 19, Raima Johnson 13, Mercy Wilson 8) bt Mount Carmel College (Gomedha HV 13) 59-30 [10-7, 19-4, 22-11, 8-8]