ASC cruises into semis

May 30, 2018, Bangalore



TN Juniors make the grade in women’s section

Balwan and Issac T. Thomas came out all guns blazing as Army Service Corps (Bengaluru) defeated Indian Railway (New Delhi) 71-45 for a place in the semifinals of the 53rd all-India basketball tournament for men, for the Nachimuthu Gounder Cup, here on Tuesday. The Railway side, too, made it to the last four as it finished second in Group B.

ASC was slow off the blocks and the Delhi team seized the opportunity to go ahead 11-7. The Bengaluru side, however, turned it around in the second quarter before powering through in the third as Rinku and Ajmal, in the company of Balwan and Issac, made merry. They passed and paced well, keeping the scoreboard ticking. That was enough to shatter the morale of the Railway side.

Making merry

With a 50-37 lead going into the fourth quarter, ASC coach G.R.L. Prasad preferred to test the bench strength. The replacements, too, got into the act and guided the team to a thumping win.

“Unlike the previous game, we did not want to take chances. So, I asked my boys to go all out and that reflected in our performance today,” said the ASC coach.

In the CRI Pumps Trophy for women, the Tamil Nadu juniors played a brilliant all-round game to dispatch a fighting CDBA (Coimbatore) 61-57 and enter the semifinals.

The results (league): Men: ASC (Bengaluru) 71 (Balwan 14, Issac T. Thomas 13, Rinku 11, Ajmal 10) bt Indian Railway (New Delhi) 45. Monday: Arise Steels (Chennai) 81 (Harish 24, Arun Prasath 17, Manivannan 14, Vimal Raj 13) bt Punjab Police 69 (Dilpreet Singh 18, Ranbir Singh 17, Tejinder P. Singh 14).

Women: TN Juniors 61 (S. Aishwarya 13, S. Kiruthika 11, K. Sathya 15) bt CDBA (Coimbatore) 57 (Shreyanka 12); KSEB 81 (E.K. Amrutha 19, Kavitha Jose16) bt Sports Hostel (Mysuru) 25. Monday: Eastern Rly (Kolkata) 53 (Madhu Kumari 14, Sitamani Tudu 11, Anjana Daisy Ekka 10) bt Kerala Police 35 (P.S. Neenumol 13).

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