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
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
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
Girls – Sreekala R, Thiruvananthapuram
Boys – Jerome Prince, Kottayam
Girls – Aparna Sadasivan, Thrissur
Boys – Tom Jose, Idukki
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)
Kottayam 69 (Jerome Prince 23, David C V 12, Dinoy 12) bt Idukki 42 (Tom Jose 18, Noyal Jose 16)
Bronze Medal Match
Kottayam 41 (Ann Mary Zacharia 10) bt Kannur 20
Alappuzha 61 (Chris Sabu 22, Yajur Das 11) bt Thrissur 46 (Rahul J 18, Midhun P M 10)