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Services continue dream run; face hosts Tamil Nadu men in the finals of the 68th Senior National Basketball Championship
Akilan Pari of Tamil Nadu drives hard to the hoop. Image credits: Basketball Federation of India
Chennai, 22nd January 2018: Day 7 of the 68th National Basketball Championship for Men and Women continued to see some fast and furious action in the semifinals.
The first men's semi final game saw Services take on Indian Railways. The Services team secured a comfortable victory over Indian Railways. The final score at the end of all quarters was 93-65. The top scorer for Services was Narendra Grewal (no 5) with 18 points and the top scorer for Indian Railways was Gagandeep Singh (no 10) with 18 points.
Quarter Wise score - (23-22), (27-10), (20-12), (23-21)
The last men's semi final game saw hosts Tamilnadu take on Punjab. Despite tough competition from Punjab Tamilnadu secured a comfortable victory over Punjab. The final score at the end of all quarters was 90-72. The top scorer for Tamilnadu was A Aravind (no 23) with 24 points and the top scorer for Punjab was captain Satnam Singh (no 52) with 21 points.
Quarter Wise score - (29-15), (22-17), (20-21), (19-19)
HM Bhandavya of Karnataka at the free throw line. Image credits: Basketball Federation of India
The first semifinal women’s match saw defending champions Kerala take on Indian Railways. A close contest from the beginning saw Indian Railways beat Kerala to enter the finals. The final score was 63-76. The top scorer for Indian Railways was their captain Navaneetha (no 21) with 21 points. The top scorer for Kerala was Grima Merlin (no 11) with 21 points.
Quarter wise score - (17-22), (16-23), (07-15), (23-16)
The two women’s semifinal match saw Karnataka take on Chhattisgarh. This was a cracker of a game and Chhattisgarh secured the victory with just one point. Poonam Chaturvedi single-handedly destroyed the Karnataka team defence by dropping 44 points alone. The game went down to the final second as Karnataka was trailing by 3 points with just 2 seconds left on the clock and Bhandavya (27 points) attempted a three-point shot in which she was fouled. In a pressure situation, she scored the first two free throws but couldn't convert the last one and wasn't able to take the game to extra time. The final score at the end of the four quarters was 78-79.
Quarter wise score - (19-15), (17-15), ( 12-24), (30-25)
Game Type Category Level Group Winning Team Winning Team Pts Losing Team Losing Team Pts QaurteWise Pts Winning Team Top Scorers Losing Team top Scorers Semifinals Men Services 93 Indian Railways 65 23-22,27-10,20-12,23-21 Joginder 16pts, Isaac 15pts, Mahipal 15pts Gagandeep 18pts, Palpreet 16pts Semifinals Men T.N 90 Punjab 72 29-15,22-17,20-21,19-19 Aravind 22pts, Jeevanantham 16pts, Justin 15pts Satnam 21pts, Gurwinder Singh 12, Gurwinder Singh Gill 11pts
Semifinals Women Indian Railways 76 Kerela 63 17-22,16-23,07-15,23-16 Navneetha 21pts, Shruti Menon 14pts, Sitamani 14pts Grima 21pts, Jeena 20pts, Rojamol 10pts Semifinals Women Chhatissgarh 79 Karnataka 78 19-15,17-15,12-24,30-25 Poonam 44pts, Seema 11pts Bhandavya 27pts, Priyanka 14pts, Sanjana 11pts
Day 6 Matches:
Game Type Category Level Group Winning Team Winning Team Pts Losing Team Losing Team Pts QaurteWise Pts Winning Team Top Scorers Losing Team top Scorers Relegation Women M.P 69 Rajasthan 58 13-16, 15-17, 16-16, 25-09 Nima - 29pts, Namarata - 13pts Nisha - 19pts, Kamlesh -17pts Relegation Men Haryana 74 Odisha 58 13-13, 17-23, 11-24, 17-14 Ankit- 19pts, Vikas - 18pts, Deepak -17pts K Sraavan Kumar - 20pts, Aashok -14pts Quarterfinals Women Indian Railways 96 T.N 64 14-19, 28-15, 29-18, 25-12 Shruti - 26pts, Sitamani - 16pts Ppushpa - 16pts Srividhya - 11pts Quarterfinals Men T.N 97 Chandigarh 43 26-12, 24-11, 26-12, 21-08 M. Hairshi - 24pts, Justin -17pts Amit- 10pts Ranking Men A.P 67 Chhatissgarh 65 13-23, 12-10, 10-10, 18-10, 12-14 J. Tharun - 17pts, I.B.P. Ch. -15pts Kiranpal - 19pts, Rudrapraksh - 17pts Ranking Women A.P 46 Odisha 30 10-11, 10-08, 11-06, 15-05 Padmavathi - 13pts Lipramayee - 17pts Ranking Women Punjab 62 Bihar 54 14-06, 12-18, 16-13, 20-17 Kirandeep Kaur- 14pts Kiran -16pts Ranking Men Telangana 71 Jharkhand 44 06-18, 13-12, 14-24, 11-17 Chandrahas -12pts Sukhdeep, Rajan -12pts Women West Bengal 43 Telangana 28 18-10, 06-04, 11-04, 08-10 Salma - 13pts Mrunalini - 11pts Ranking Women Maharashtra 85 U.P 71 16-21, 17-23, 18-16, 20-25 Mughdha - 25pts, Shruti - 24pts Vaishnavi -19pts, Sangeeta - 16pts Ranking Men Karnataka 101 Rajasthan 99 29-29, 23-27, 24-23, 25-20 Arvind -19pts, Manu -18pts Sharad - 33pts, Bharatdeep - 24pts Ranking Women T.N 86 Delhi 66 16-22, 25-24, 21-24, 04-16 Srividhya -19pts, Pushpa S - 17pts Raspreet - 26pts Ranking Men Chandigarh 49 Uttrakhand 45 15-20, 02-13, 11-04, 17-12 Ravi, Amit - 12pts Dilbagh -18pts Ranking Men Gujarat 76 Kerala 55 18-08, 23-11, 17-13, 18-23 M. Kasi Rajan - 23pts, Dhaval -12pts Sarath- 17pts Ranking Men Telangana 92 A.P 79 17-21, 25-12, 16-33, 21-26 Ganesh, Vishu - 26pts Ch. Naveen Kumar -20pts Ranking Women Punjab 74 A.P 66 17-18, 16-20, 20-22, 13-14 Harjeet -22pts, Komalpreer - 20pts Ch. Jyothi - 18pts, B. Purna - 15pts