National basketball: Uttarakhand gets off to a flier

January 18, 2018

BasketballSenior National Basketball Championship


Defending champion Uttarakhand made a winning start to its campaign, beating Odisha 85-62 in a Level I Group A men’s match of the senior National basketball championship at the Nehru indoor stadium here on Wednesday. Mohit Bhandari top-scored with 20 points.

The event features 31 men’s and 29 women’s teams.

Tamil Nadu men began well too, defeating Haryana 113-58. Justin Gnanaraj, the power forward, top-scored with 22 points. The second quarter proved the most productive (38-6) for the host.

Head coach Milan Opacic had, surprisingly, kept out point-guard Akilan Pari and centre Rikin Pethani, the experienced National players, from the first five he fielded. The team had earlier in the day announced that Raghu Ram has taken over the captaincy from Akilan.

The results:

Men: Level I: Group A: Uttarakhand 85 (Mohit Bhandari 20) bt Odisha 62 (Suman Sahoo 19).

Group B: Punjab 76 (Gurvinder Singh Gill 22) bt Gujarat 65 (Harpal 17); Tamil Nadu 113 (Justin Gnanaraj 22) bt Haryana 58 (Ankit 18).

Level II: Group C: Chhattisgarh 49 (Pratham Singh 15) bt Goa 32 (Flobert 14).

Group D: Andhra Pradesh 76 (T. Tammu Sandeep 20) bt Jammu & Kashmir 75 (Ranbir Singh 18); Puducherry 22 lost to Telangana 54 (Sri Ganesh Patil 15).

Group F: Uttar Pradesh 88 (Sagar Joshi 28) bt West Bengal 76 (M. Vivek 29).

Women: Level I: Group A: Tamil Nadu 68 bt Madhya Pradesh 48.

Group B: Rajasthan 89 (Aswathy S. Thampi 27) bt Telangana 61 (Nisha Sharma 31); Railways 89 (Sruthi Menon 15) bt Delhi 39 (Pratima Singh 16).

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