Puducherry, 11th January 2017: On the morning of the penultimate day of the league stages at the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship, the favourites in the women’s section lit up the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium with their offensive prowess. The Chhattisgarh women put up the highest score of the tournament thus far, hitting the century mark against Maharashtra. Poonam Chaturvedi (39 points) and Sharanjeet Kaur (24 points) were on fire in the first half as Chhattisgarh built a sizeable lead over Maharashtra to clinch a 102-65 win.
Indian Railways women remained undefeated with a thumping victory over Telangana. Railways had contributions from multiple players, led by Libina MJ’s 18 points. On the defensive end, they stifled Telangana – only one Telangana player managed to score in double digits. Railways women finished the league stages with all wins including this 84-38 blowout against Telangana.
The other Level 1 women’s games were also one-sided affairs as Delhi raced past West Bengal registering an 81-36 win. Tamil Nadu women also made easy work of Rajasthan (66-34). Both the Srividya’s of Tamil Nadu put up 13 points. Two women’s teams from the lower pool Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh won their qualifier matches today morning to move to the upper pool. Both teams are currently undefeated. Karnataka knocked out Odisha with a 48-24 win, while Madhya Pradesh pulled away from Chandigarh to clinch a 73-60 win.
In the men’s games today morning, Tamil Nadu continued their good form with an 86-43 win over Gujarat. Backup centre Jeevanantham top scored for Tamil Nadu with 21 points. The Rajasthan men also picked up a crucial victory today morning over Madhya Pradesh 87-76, thereby moving to the upper pool. Odisha men joined Rajasthan in moving to the upper pool defeating home team Puducherry 91-54.
In the final game of yesterday evening, Punjab men kept their hopes alive in the tournament with an 84-59 victory against Haryana. Punjab’s guards TJ Sahi, Arshpreet Bhullar and Rajveer Singh combined for 59 points to lead Punjab to their first win of the tournament.
About the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship 2017
The championship is being held 7th to 14th January. 27 men’s teams and 25 women’s teams have confirmed their participation.
The championship is being organised by the Puducherry Basketball Association under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India.
Matches are being simultaneously held on four different courts: the indoor and outdoor courts of the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium complex (Courts 1 & 2), and the two courts at the Petit Seminare School.
Defending champions Railways women will be the team to watch out for as it rekindles its rivalry with previous winners Chhattisgarh. In the men’s section, traditional powerhouses Services, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu will be vying for top honours.
29 international players from across the country will be adding their experience to the fray.
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