Bhilwara, Rajasthan: Playing to their pedigree, the international stars of Indian Railways and Kerala kept their sides undefeated in the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014-15. Kerala’s Jeena PS and Neenumol combined for more than 50 points in an early morning Level 1 league match against Maharashtra on New Year’s Day. The duo’s scoring had them take an 11 point lead at the end of the first quarter. The next two quarters saw Maharashtra fight back thanks to some effective work on both ends of the floor by ex-international Manisha Dange. Dange would go on to average a double double with 26 points and 13 rebounds, but Kerala’s size advantage at all the front court positions meant that they stayed ahead, eventually winning 84-69.
Indian Railways women stayed on top of their Level 1 Pool by running roughshod over a young Punjab side. As many as six players scored in double digits in this effortless team offense for Railways. The first and last quarters especially had Railways completely destroying Punjab offensively and clamping down on them on the defensive end in this lop-sided 113-54 win.
Delhi’s women team too has been on a tear, and sisters Pratima Singh and Prashanti Singh took their side to a close 72-64 win over Tamil Nadu.
In the men’s Level 1 section, Services stayed undefeated with their third straight win, this time over Kerala. Tamil Nadu too cruised past Haryana 91-66. The star studded Uttarakhand side joined Tamil Nadu with three wins by outclassing Indian Railways 88-50.
In some exciting lower level action, Delhi and Telangana men progressed to the pre-quarterfinals stage and into the upper Level 1 for next year. Joining them in the pre-quarterfinals stage from the women’s section will be Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.
1) Delhi (Pratima Singh 31, Prashanti Singh 17) bt Tamil Nadu (R Ramya 18, P Divya 16) 72-64 [14-10, 18-16, 19-25, 21-13]
2) Kerala (Jeena PS 28, Neenumol PS 25, Stephy Nixon 17) bt Maharashtra (Manisha Dange 23, Sruthi Menon 14) 84-69 [23-12, 19-18, 18-21, 24-18]
3) Indian Railways (Renu Maurya 16, Bharti Netam 16, Sitamani Tudu 15, Appoorva Muralinath 14) bt Punjab (Samrithi 18, Kirandeep Kaur 15, Nagma Mirza 12) 113-54 [41-9, 23-20, 21-16, 28-9]
1) Services (Jairam Jat 19 pts & 16 rbs, Dalip K 19, Narender Grewal 13, Ramesh K 10) bt Kerala (Manoj R 22, Subash Shenoy 17 pts & 14 rbs, Albin Baby 11) 80-67 [17-20, 24-9, 17-17, 22-11]
2) Tamil Nadu (Prasanna Venkatesh 23, Amjyot Singh 19, Pratham Singh 17, G Sivabalan 13, Arvind A 11) bt Haryana(Himanshu S 17, Deepak R 11, Vikas K 11, Hemant S 10) 91-66 [28-20, 24-19, 28-19, 11-8]
3) Uttarakhand (Trideep Rai 27, Amritpal Singh 23 pts & 12 rbs, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 18) bt Indian Railways (Prakash Mishra 14) 88-50 [21-11, 25-13, 26-13, 16-13]
*Winning teams progress to pre-quarterfinals stage this year & will get elevated from Level 2 to Level 1 for next year.
1) Delhi (Pravin Dovan 22, Ajay Singh 18, Gaurav Ohlan 12) bt Maharashtra (Raj Kalbhor 29, Amit Gahlot 16) 78-69 [15-12, 19-12, 24-19, 20-26]
2) Telangana (M Vijaykumar 15, L Sujith 10) bt Chandigarh (Atul 14, Puneet Khanna 13) 58-55 [18-14, 14-19, 11-9, 15-13]
1) Telangana (Gayathri 25, Purnima 9) bt West Bengal (Kamlesh Jat 20, Salma Devi 15) 57-54 [8-10, 19-14, 13-14, 17-16]
2) Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 15, Nima Doma Bhutia 13) bt Himachal Pradesh (Balvinder Kaur 13, Yogita 9) 53-38 [15-9, 13-14, 13-11, 12-4]
1) West Bengal (R Prasad 14, MS Grewal 13, MK Singh 12, DK Yadav 12) bt Jharkhand (Nirmal Singh 34, Allen Peter 17, Devendra Melgaud 13) 85-82 [21-21, 21-15, 20-22, 23-24]
2) Andhra Pradesh (CH Navin 16, J Tarun 12) bt Assam (Pradeep Kumar 9, Badan Dey 6) 66-36 [19-6, 19-10, 16-6, 12-14]
1) Indian Railways (Ranjeeta 17, Renu 13) bt Uttar Pradesh (Radha 14) 86-31 [24-6, 30-0, 12-9, 20-16]
1) Chandigarh (Atul 18, Syed Mohd 18) bt Puducherry (Manoj 24, Mohan 11) 79-57 [26-17, 25-20, 14-14, 14-6]
2) Delhi (Ajay Singh 26, Manprit Singh 13) bt Gujarat (Vinay Kaushik 21, Harpalsinh Vag 20) 84-72 [22-16, 14-14, 21-27, 27-15]
3) West Bengal (Sagar Joshi 35, DK Yadav 17) bt Himachal Pradesh (Anoop 19, Deepak 12) 76-65 [17-24, 16-12, 16-16, 27-13]
4) Andhra Pradesh (Naveen 23, J Tharun 21) bt Goa (Malivai 21, Velly 11) 69-52 [23-16, 20-10, 18-11, 8-15]
5) Telangana (L Sujith Reddy 20, Sri Ganesh 19, M Vijaykumar 17) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Iqbal Singh 19, Shubham Sharma 16) 80-79 [23-13, 15-14, 15-29, 18-15, 9-8 (OT)]
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