Teams gather at the opening ceremony of the 66th Junior Nationals Ludhiana, Punjab, 2nd October 2015: The 66th Junior National Basketball Championship tipped off today morning in Ludhiana, Punjab. On the morning of Day 1 of the championship, last year’s boys’ third placed team Tamil Nadu started the tournament strong with a victory against Kerala 80-59. The MVP of the recently concluded Youth National Championship P. Baladhaneshwar is also a member of Tamil Nadu’s Junior team and put up 14 points today. His teammates Hari Ram and Surya contributed 23 points each. Madhya Pradesh boys also started out with a victory in a close game against Karnataka that ended 58-50.