Punjab teams end league stages on high

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Noida, 8th June 2017: The final day of the league stages at the 68th Junior National Basketball Championship threw no major surprises. The Punjab boys continued to dominate outclassing the defending champs Tamil Nadu. Role players Mandeep Singh (20 points) and Gurwinder Singh (18 points) stepped up to lead the charge for Punjab. 6-foot 10-inch Punjab centre Princepal Singh held the fort in the middle and put up 12 points. Despite Tamil Nadu staying within reach for the first three quarters, the fourth period was a one-sided affair with Punjab outscoring TN 32 to 7 on their way to a 68-45 win.

The Rajasthan boys handed Chhattisgarh their fourth straight loss, knocking them out of the tournament. Chhattisgarh’s Salim Ali fought hard with his 25 points, but he had little support. Rajasthan’s Rajeev led all scorers with 28 points and helped to cement his team’s place in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

The Punjab girls pulled off a close win against Rajasthan, who fell to a 71-69 defeat. Forward Rajandeep was on fire with 30 points in the game. She was ably supported by Punjab centre Aakarshan who put up 14 points. Despite Rajasthan’s 31 points fourth quarter, Punjab held on to a slim lead to clinch a decisive victory, placing them in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

Late last evening, the Chandigarh boys picked up another win, this time against Delhi (61-54). Former youth international Amit top scored once again for Chandigarh with 24 points.

Results from 8th June 2017 till 2 pm

Women:

Level 1

Group B

  1. Punjab (Rajandeep 30, Aakarshan 14) bt Rajasthan (Ishika 21, Yashvani 16, Yashika 11, Kanika 11) 71-69 (19-20, 15-10, 13-8, 24-31)

Loser Knockout Semi-Finals

  1. Odisha (Lipramayee 33) bt Telangana (Nashita 15, BS Rivani 10) 53-39 (17-8, 6-12, 14-7, 16-12)
  2. Chandigarh (Amrit 18, Nisha 16) bt Himachal Pradesh (Arunima 4) 61-12 (27-4, 11-2, 9-2, 14-4)

Men:

Level 1

Group A

  1. Punjab (Mandeep Singh 20, Gurwinder Singh 18, Princepal Singh 12) bt TamilNadu(Shanmugam M. 15, Arvind Kumar 10) 68-45 (12-6, 9-17, 15-15, 32-7)
  2. Rajasthan (Rajeev 28, Ataol 16, Ashish 12) bt Chhattisgarh (Salim Ali 25, Jatin Kumar 14) 68-52 (16-8, 24-15, 11-16, 17-13)

Group B

  1. Maharashtra bt Chandigarh:24-15 – MATCH STOPPED

Loser Knockout Semi-Finals

  1. West Bengal (Binod 20, Saddam 16, Aditya 13) bt Himachal Pradesh (Jatin 20, Gurkaran 12) 75-54 (15-19, 26-14, 23-15, 11-6)
  2. Gujarat (Karan 17, Harsh 15, Krishna Pal 7) bt Jammu and Kashmir (Sumit 18, Abhinav 11) 68-44 (32-9, 8-8, 15-17, 13-10)

Results from 7th June 2017 after 7 pm

Women:

Loser Knockout Quarterfinals

  1. Odisha (Lipramayee 18, Anuradha 12) bt Tripura (Aarju 13) 52-23 (23-6, 15-5, 8-8, 6-4)
  2. Chandigarh (Nisha 28, Amrit 19) bt Uttarakhand (Diksha 9, Srishti 7) 67-26 (19-4, 21-3, 18-5, 9-4)

Men:

Level 1

Group B

  1. Chandigarh (Amit 24, Rahul 14, K. Vishal 13) bt Delhi (Aditya 14, Abhishek Sharma 13) 61-54 (22-11, 24-10, 6-16, 9-17)

Loser Knockout Quarterfinals

  1. Gujarat (Karan 23, Yash 11, Harsh 8) bt Goa (Shaun Arango 8, Kabir 8) 68-35 (25-10, 22-5, 10-15, 11-5)

About the 68th Junior National Basketball Championship 2017

The 68th Junior National Basketball Championship for Men and Women is being held at Shiv Nadar University in GautamBudh Nagar District, Noida, Uttar Pradeshfrom 4th to 11th June 2017. The Championship features 25 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams in the U18 age group, from various Indian States and Union territories, and is being played in a league cum knockout format. Tamil Nadu boys and Karnataka girls are the defending champions from the previous edition held in Puducherry in May 2016.

The teams are grouped into two levels –Level 1 features the top 10 teams from the previous championship divided into two groups of five teams each (Group A and B), while Level 2 features the remaining teams divided into four groups (Group C, D, E, F).

In the league stages, all the teams play each of the other teams in their group once. The top three teams from each of the groups in Level 1 advance directly to the quarterfinals, while the fourth placed teams play pre-quarterfinal games against the top two teams from Level 2.

Over the years, this Championship has provided a platform for the country’s best players in the U18 category to showcase their talents. This allows selectors to identify and shortlist the most promising players and coaches to parachute into national team training camps with an eye towards participation in international events.

Published by Naresh Sagar

Mentor MSME, Motivator, Media Event Org, Management fiscal & Water management.Social Media branding,Internet broadcasters,Propunder of Indian Philosophy

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