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Karnataka and MP women inch closer to Level 1

Punab News Express/Balbir Singh
NEW DELHI : Defending champions Indian Railways women continued their unbeaten run with a drubbing of the Punjab team in the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship marched on to Day 4 with a slate on interesting matchups on the cards. To begin the day, Guard Madhu Kumari led the way with 26 points, as Railways strolled to a 93-33 victory.
The Telangana women also maintained their winning ways with a comfortable triumph against Maharashtra (61-42). Their versatile core lineup all contributed in double digits, as they led from start to finish. Karnataka women improved to 2-0 this tournament with a 70-43 victory against Haryana. Karnataka’s international player Bhandavya Gowda top scored with 27 points.
In the Level 1 men’s games, last year’s finalists Uttarakhand stamped their class in their win against Chhattisgarh. After beginning with a 17-0 start, Uttarakhand were on automatic the rest of the way as they sauntered to a 65-36 win. Superstar Vishesh Bhriguvanshi scored a game-high 21 points, which included a spectacular baseline alley-oop dunk.
In the second half of the day, the Delhi women bounced back with a resounding win after consecutive losses thus far in the tournament. With four scorers in double digits, Delhi blew out Rajasthan for an 82-40 win. The other level 2 women’s team to look out for is Karnataka, who won their third straight game today, beating Uttarakhand 55-11. The Madhya Pradesh women have also moved closer to qualifying to Level 1 with a thrilling 69-68 win against Uttar Pradesh. Southpaw Sakshi Pandey top scored for MP with 22 points.
Home team Puducherry men fell to Bihar (53-39), who were led by point guard and IMG Academy product Sanjeev Kumar’s 23 points. The Rajasthan men won a nail-biter against Delhi with an 88-86, in a game that was decided in extra time. Delhi’s young stars Rachit (22 points) and Vishal (24 points) were bright sparks for their team today, but Rajasthan edged past Delhi, outscoring them 11 to 9 in the extra time period.
The clash of heavyweights in men’s Group B saw Tamil Nadu winning the battle against Indian Railways 80 to 62. Tamil Nadu’s big three of Akilan Pari (18 points), Rikin Pethani (19 points) and Prasanna Venkatesh (13 points) led the way in a composed effort. Railways big man Palpreet Singh managed to put in 19 points in a losing effort.
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Level 1:
Group A: Indian Railways (Madhu Kumari 26, Sruthi Menon 18, Libina MJ 12) bt Punjab (Aakarshan Sandhu 7, Harpreet Kaur 6) 93-33 (37-7, 11-11, 23-5, 22-10). Telangana (Ramya 16, Rachana 14, Suganya 12) bt Maharashtra (Shireen Limaye 16, Sakshi 12) 61-42 (20-12, 11-17, 16-5, 14-8)
Group B: Delhi (Neha Joshi 16, Monica 15, Raspreet Sidhu 15, Vinti 11) bt Rajasthan (Nisha 13, Kamlesh 11) 82-40 (17-5, 20-6, 21-22 24-7)
Level 2:
Group C: Karnataka (Bhandavya 27, Saprita 16, Bhoomika 10) bt Haryana (Meenu 18, Alisha 10, Antim 8) 70-43 (22-17, 28-12, 6-9, 14-5). Gujarat (Nidhi 21, Krupa 14, Arti 12) bt Uttarakhand (Bhawana 8, Shalu 6) 57-19 (10-1, 21-9, 10-3, 16-6)
3. Karnataka (Bhoomika 11, Supriya 9, Bhandavya 8) bt Uttarakhand (Priya 4) 55-11 (21-4, 15-0, 11-6, 8-1)

Group D:
Himachal Pradesh (Jyotika 18, Poonam 10) bt Goa (Charmaine 10) 43-17 (15-7, 11-4, 8-2, 9-4)

Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 22, Nima Doma 14, Namrata Huda 10) bt Uttar Pradesh (Vaishnavi Yadav 14, Shivani 14, Kavya 12) 69-68 (21-19, 9-12, 17-14, 22-28)

Group E: Chandigarh (Yogitha 17, Kirthi 16, Pooja 10) bt Tripura (Anamika 10) 50-19 (10-7, 12-2, 13-5, 15-5). Jammu and Kashmir (Pearl 21) bt Bihar (Kritika 7) 28-13 (4-0, 3-5, 13-7, 8-1)
Group F: Odisha (Rajshree 14, Jayashree 14, Urvasi 12) bt Andhra Pradesh (BPS Jyothi 10, P. Lakshmi 8) 52-32 (13-10, 8-16, 17-0, 14-6)
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Level 1:
Group B: Uttarakhand (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 21, Trideep Rai 9, Amritpal Singh 8) bt Chhattisgarh (Rajesh 14) 65-36 (25-7, 18-12, 14-6, 8-11). Tamil Nadu (Rikin Pethani 19, Akilan Pari 18, Prasanna Venkatesh 13) bt Indian Railways (Palpreet Singh 19, Vijender Kumar 11, Gagandeep Singh 11) 80-62 (28-16, 15-19, 21-14, 16-13)
Level 2:
Group C: Chandigarh (Jatin 15, Sahil 11) bt Goa (Mahir Amir 6) 50-28 (12-4, 12-8, 16-7, 10-9). Rajasthan (Mod Singh 17, Loon Singh 17, B. Singh 13, Abhimanyu Singh 12) bt Delhi (Vishal Kumar Gupta 24, Rachit 22) 88-86 (25-22, 15-17, 19-19, 18-11, Extra time 11-9). Goa (Daniel Vas 11, Roger 10, Shielton 10, Dekence Gavali 10) bt Sikkim (Abhishek 18, Gaurav 12) 60-42 (14-9, 6-9, 16-9, 24-15).
Group D: Puducherry (Poovana 31, Achuthan 18, Vinod 10) bt Tripura (Ratandeep 25) 75-32 (16-12, 19-9, 24-5, 16-6). Bihar (Sanjeev Kumar 23, Deepak Kumar 12, Vishnu Kumar 11) bt Puducherry (Achuthan 20) 53-39 (21-4, 16-8, 15-11, 1-16).
Group E:
Odisha (K. Sravan Kumar 20, Sahid Khan 18, Sashikanta Mohanty 13, Ashok Kumar Nayak 13) bt Uttar Pradesh (Atal Rai 18, Bhagyansh Gulati 18) 74-54 (19-11, 21-10, 17-16, 17-17). Jammu and Kashmir (Kunal 11, Ranbir 11) bt Arunachal Pradesh (Mohit 7) 49-21 (11-3, 15-7, 16-4, 7-7)

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