October 1, 2010
Rajasthan Boys and Chhattisgarh Girls hoist Sub-Junior National Championships
The IMG-Reliance 37th Sub-Junior National Championship for Boys and Girls came to an entertaining conclusion as the finals were held on Thursday evening at the Municipal Corporation Basketball Court in Kangra (HP). In front of a large crowd of fans who had been engrossed in some intriguing basketball over the past week, Rajasthan Boys and Chhattisgarh Girls emerged as champions.
In the first game of the evening, the sub-junior girls from Chhattisgarh took on a tough squad from Karnataka, who had been putting up some excellent performances in the competition. But Chhattisgarh had been the strongest team in the tournament, beating each opponent by a large margin. They proved their efficiency yet again in the final with a 63-47 victory, led once more by their star forward Riya Verma.
For Chhattisgarh Girls, this victory further cemented their domination over the Sub-Junior division. This was their ninth title in the past ten years. “We have been winning for a long time, and it was important for us to continue this winning tradition,” said Riya. Chhattisgarh were in action again in the Boys division, as the youngsters took a tough squad from Rajasthan. It was a competitive and hard-fought game in the first half, until the Rajasthan team finally began to loosen Chhattisgarh’s defensive shackles and impose their will on the game. Led once again by Mahipal Singh (28), Rajasthan opened up a 16 point lead in the third en route to a 54-40 victory.
“We are repeat champions, and it feels happy to win here!” said Mahipal, who will leave Kangra after some legendary performances, “I will move on to a higher division next year and I want to continue winning!”
In the third-place match-ups Delhi Boys defeated Madhya Pradesh Boys and the Madhya Pradesh Girls edged Tamil Nadu Girls in a close game. Munish Sharma, the President of the Himachal Pradesh Basketball Association (HPBA), commented on the conclusion of this memorable tournament. “We have worked very hard to make sure that the competition was held successfully,” said Sharma, “From the behalf of the Basketball Federation of India and the HPBA, I want to thank all the players and officials who took part in this tournament coming from different parts of the country, and thank the local people of Kangra who enjoyed themselves and hosted such an event.”
Girls: Chhattisgarh 63 (Riya Verma 22, P. Divya 15) bt. Karnataka 40 (Supriya 14, Krupsree 10)
Boys: Rajasthan 54 (Mahipal Singh 28, Akhilesh 12) bt. Chhattisgarh 47 (ON Jaiswal 10)
Third Place Playoffs
Girls: Madhya Pradesh 35 bt. Tamil Nadu 33
Boys: Delhi 41 bt. Madhya Pradesh 35