Kerala boys and Tamil Nadu girls basket titles

May 14, 2018 10:39 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
CHANDIGARH: Kerala boys and Tamil Nadu girls were crowned Champions of the 69th Junior National Basketball Championship for Men and Women at the Ludhiana Basketball Academy, Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana.
Kerala men defeated Rajasthan in an extremely heated up final match by 108-101[22-28, 27-24, 28-22, 31-27]. It was an equally matched competition in the first half and Rajasthan were looking like the favourites as they have already defeated Kerala once in the group stage but the way Kerala played against the undefeated Punjab team in the semifinals showed a glimpse of what they were capable of.
Tamil Nadu women wont first finals of the day beating Kerala by 77-58[21-10, 24-20, 22-14, 10-14]. It was expected to be a much more competitive face off but TN girls took a good lead in the first half of the final game and continued to dominate throughout the game.
Rajeev Singh from Rajasthan and Vaishnavi Yadav from UP were awarded as the Most Valuable Player in their respective sections.
Vaishnavi Yadav retained her excellent form scoring 53 points after an average performance in the Semi finals to help Uttar Pradesh women finish in the 3rd position. Punjab men secured the 3rd position beating Delhi after a disappointing semifinals loss last night against Kerala.
Men: Finals: Kerala(Shanazil 29 pts, Chacko 26 pts) bt Rajasthan(Rajeev 40 pts, Sumeet 16 pts) 108-101[22-28, 27-24, 28-22, 31-27]
3rd and 4th place: Punjab(Rajan 39 pts, Jagshanbir 19 pts) bt Delhi(Aditya 27 pts) 97-44[16-11, 25-11, 29-17, 27-08].
5th and 6th place: U.P(Akshay 24 pts, Rishant 12 pts) bt T.N(Arvind 28 pts) 83-77[23-16, 19-13, 16-21, 25-27].
Women: Finals: TN(aishwary 17 pts, Pratibha 15 pts, Pushpa 14 pts) bt Kerala(Sreekala 14 pts, Ann mary 12 pts) 77-58[21-10, 24-20, 22-14, 10-14].
3rd and 4th Place: U.P(Vaishnavi 53 pts, Kavya 13 pts) bt Karnataka(Sanjana 12 pts) 72-32[14-10, 19-07, 17-10, 22-05].
5th and 6th Place: Maharashtra(neha 27 pts, Shreya 14 pts) bt Punjab(Rajandeep 13 pts, Sakshi 11 pts) 59-49[09-18, 22-11, 16-06, 12-14].CHANDIG

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