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Karnataka men pull off upset against Punjab in National B'ball

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
PUDUCHERRY : Heavyweights registered easy wins on the second day of the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship here today. The Chhattisgarh and Railways women’s teams blew past their opponents Punjab and Maharashtra respectively. Chhattisgarh’s 6’11’’ centre Poonam Chaturvedi scored a day-high 40 points.
Rajasthan women got the better of West Bengal with a 83-65 victory, led by Kamlesh’s 35 points. Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh women also had a good outing today with comfortable wins against Tripura and Bihar respectively.
In the men’s Level 1 games, the Karnataka men pulled off an upset against last year’s semi-finalist Punjab. Karnataka’s India players Anil Kumar (30 points) and Arvind Arumugam (28 points) were the difference makers giving their team the offensive boost to edge past Punjab (83-79). Heavyweights Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand had an easy day with blowout wins against Chhattisgarh and Gujarat respectively. Uttarakhand centre and India superstar Amritpal Singh top scored for his team with 30 points.
In Level 2 men’s games, Sikkim made a re-appearance in the senior nationals after a long gap, but fell to the Delhi men’s team (78-20). Uttar Pradesh men emerged victorious against Arunachal Pradesh (59-25) while Rajasthan men steamrolled Goa with 65-34 win. Odisha men made heads turn with their play today, winning both their games today against Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra. The game against Maharashtra went down to the wire as Odisha withheld a furious comeback attempt from the Maharashtra men in the fourth quarter. Odisha ended up pulling off a one-point win (76-75) with SS Behera top scoring with 28 points.
WOMEN
Level 1:
Group A: Railways (Anitha Paul Durai 19, Sitamani Tudu 13) bt Maharashtra (Shireen Limaye 13) 67-21 (16-13, 18-2, 21-4, 12-2). Chhattisgarh (Poonam Chaturvedi 40, Sharanjeet Kaur 20, Gulabsha Ali 14) bt Punjab (Gauri 7) 95-26 (33-4, 23-10, 21-4, 18-8).
Group B: Rajasthan (Kamlesh T. 35, Nisha Sharma 14) bt West Bengal (Poushali Datta 21, Rupkatha Chatterjee 13, Poulami Chatterjee 11) 83-65 (13-21, 17-16, 24-14, 29-14)
Level 2:
Group E: Jammu and Kashmir (Pearl 24) bt Tripura (Anamika 8) 37-15 (13-7, 7-3, 3-2, 14-3).
Chandigarh (Yogitha 16, Kirti 9) bt Bihar (Ritika 6) 38-10 (6-4, 13-0, 9-3, 10-3)

MEN
Level 1: Group A: Karnataka (Anil Kumar 30, Arvind Arumugam 28, Karthickeyan 11) bt Punjab (R Singh 28, G Singh 21, Arshpreet Bhullar 12) 83-79 (19-15, 16-24, 25-19, 23-21)
Group B: Tamil Nadu (Vineeth Revi Mathew 19, Rikin Pethani 14) bt Chhattisgarh (Rudrak SM 20) 90-39 (29-16, 23-6, 19-9, 19-8). Uttarakhand (Amritpal Singh 30, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 17) bt Gujarat (D Pulva 13, Sy. Shake 11) 98-50 (36-17, 24-9, 24-15, 14-9).
Level 2:
Group C: Rajasthan (Vinod Kumar 13, Sharad 11, Bharat Deep 10) bt Goa (Roger Fernandes 4, Shielton Messias 4) 65-34 (18-8, 14-3, 18-7, 15-16). Delhi (Mohit 15, Sachin 12, Sukrit 12) bt Sikkim (Abhisha Tyagi 10) 78-20 (30-9, 11-1, 25-3, 12-7)
Group D: Himachal Pradesh (Aman 15, Sushant 12, Santosh 10) bt Bihar (Sanjeev Kumar 14, Manvendra Kumar 14) 56-43 (10-8, 14-8, 17-11, 15-16).
Group E: Odisha (Ashok Nayak 20, K Sravan Kumar 18) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Ranbir Singh 18, Amanjot Singh 15) 72-61 (21-11, 22-13, 14-9, 15-28). Uttar Pradesh (Lav Singh 17, Aman Choudhary 14, Bhagyansh Gulati 10) bt Arunachal Pradesh (Mohit Chauhan 10) 59-25 (18-8, 18-6, 12-7, 11-4). Odisha (SS Behera 28, AK Nayak 20, Sahid Khan 12, K. Sarvan Kumar 10) bt Maharashtra (Sanket K 26, Nikhil Atre 18) 76-75 (23-14, 27-15, 10-15, 16-31).

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