Mannanam, 21st May 2017- Kottayam boys successfully defended their title while the Thiruvananthapuram girls made a strong comeback in the finals to be crowned champions of the 34th edition of the Kerala State Basketball Championship for Youth Boys and Girls 2017. The tournament was played between 16-21 May at the St Ephrem’s Basketball Flood Lit Indoor Stadium, Mannanam and at KE School Mannanam.

Thiruvananthapuram girls beat Thrissur 90-84

Thiruvananthapuram girls posing for a picture after winning the 34th Kerala State Championship for Youth. Image credits: Kerala Basketball Association

In the girls division, after trailing 31-46 at the interval, Thiruvananthapuram made a strong comeback through Sreekala (37 points) who recently returned after an impressive performance for India at the FIBA 3×3 U18 Asia Cup.  She was well assisted by Ameesha Jose (17 points) and Jiji S (11 points) and Krishnapriya (10 points). For Thrissur, Aparna Sadasivan was the leading scorer with 24 Points and Sandra Contributing 21 points

Kottayam boys beat Idukki 69-42

Kottayam boys posing for a picture after winning the 34th Kerala State Championship for Youth. Image credits: Kerala Basketball Association

The boys final turned out to be a lopsided affair after an evenly contested first half. For Kottayam, Jerome Prince was the leading scorer with 23 points followed by David CV and Dinoy scoring 12 points each. For Idukki, Tom Jose was the leading scorer with 18 points. 

Bronze for Alappuzha Boys and Kottayam Girls

Alappuzha boys defeated Thrissur 61-46 while Kottayam Girls trounced Kannur 41-20 to claim the Bronze medal

 

Special Awards

Best Player

Girls – Sreekala R, Thiruvananthapuram

Boys – Jerome Prince, Kottayam

Promising Player

Girls – Aparna Sadasivan, Thrissur

Boys – Tom Jose, Idukki

Detailed Scores

Finals

Girls

Thiruvananthapuram 90 (Sreekala R 37, Ameesha Jose 17, Jiji S 11, Krishnapriya 10) bt Thrissur 84 (Aparna Sadasivan 24, Sandra Anil 21, Ann Maria Johnny 18)

Boys

Kottayam 69 (Jerome Prince 23, David C V 12, Dinoy 12) bt Idukki 42 (Tom Jose 18, Noyal Jose 16)

 

Bronze Medal Match

Girls

Kottayam 41 (Ann Mary Zacharia 10) bt Kannur 20

Boys

Alappuzha 61 (Chris Sabu 22, Yajur Das 11) bt Thrissur 46 (Rahul J 18, Midhun P M 10)

Team Ekalavyas
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