May 1, 2016

2016 Junior (U18) National Basketball Championship tips off in Puducherry

There must be something in the fishes - or something fishy - out in Puducherry.

For the second time in the past four months, the traveling Indian basketball brigade returns to the union territory at India's south-western tip. Organized by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and the Puducherry District Basketball Association, the 67th Junior National Championship for Boys and Girls tipped off in Puducherry on Sunday May 1, 2016 at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium. The tournament, featuring 48 combined teams in both sexes, is India's premier competition for U-18 basketball stars and will be held until its finale on May 8.

The tournament marks the BFI's unexpectedly early return to Puducherry, after the region hosted the 2016 Sub-Jr National Championship back in February.

26 boys teams and 22 girls teams are participating this year, with matches being played on one indoor court and three outdoor courts. The tournament is played on a league cum knockout basis, with as many as 128 matches played from early morning till late night. In the league stages, all teams within each group play against each other, and the top teams qualify to the knockout stages. Last year in the boys section, Tamil Nadu, and in the girls section Chhattisgarh, were crowned champions in Ludhiana.

The participating teams in the 2016 Junior Nationals are:

  • Group A: Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Kerala, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Group B: Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Group C: Karnataka, Goa, Gujarat, West Bengal.
  • Group D: Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand.
  • Group E: Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Mizoram, Tripura.
  • Group F: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Puducherry, Telangana.

  • Group A: Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Group B: Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan.
  • Group C: Delhi, Goa, Jharkhand.
  • Group D: West Bengal, Chandigarh, Puducherry.
  • Group E: Gujarat, Bihar, Telangana.
  • Group F: Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand.
Chhattisgarh girls began their title defense on the right foot, surviving in a close matchup against Tamil Nadu 59-58. An impressive second quarter run saw Chhattisgarh take a small lead into halftime, and they extended their lead to 48-42 before the start of the final quarter. But TN played desperate trap and man-on-on defense to make a huge fourth quarter comeback to take a two point lead in the game's last to minutes. Clutch baskets and close-out defense by Chhattisgarh saw them regain their lead and survive for a one-point win. Vandana (19) and Riya (16) led the way for Chhattisgarh, while Ishwarya scored 17 for TN in the loss. Last year's girls' silver-medalists Karnataka started off their tournament with a bang, destroying Rajasthan 69-20.

Boys' champs Tamil Nadu played in a close, high-caliber opening game against Kerala. The two teams traded baskets and leads throughout the course of the game. With the game tied in the closing moments, Kerala’s Prem Prakash used his length to intercept a loose ball, leading to a fast-break lay-up that turned into the game-winner. Tamil Nadu had a chance to tie the game with two free throws at the final whistle, but Hari Ram (22) missed both to hand Kerala the 83-81 win. Muhamed Siras scored 24 for Kerala in the win. In another Level 1 boys' game, M. Aly scored 24 to help Rajasthan overcome Uttar Pradesh 56-46.

Final Scores

  • Rajasthan (M. Aly 24) bt Uttar Pradesh (Lav Singh 14) 56-46 [12-16, 13-12, 21-11, 10-7].
  • Kerala (Muhamed Siras 24) bt Tamil Nadu (Hari Ram 22, Bala Dhaneshwar 14) 83-81 [15-13, 18-22, 25-22, 25-24].
  • Mizoram (Lalfakzula 34) bt Tripura (Akshay 27) 75-74 [13-21, 20-22, 17-14, 25-17].

  • Kerala bt Uttar Pradesh 45-12 [12-3, 5-3, 11-2, 17-4].
  • Karnataka (Bhandavya 13) bt Rajasthan 69-20 [20-10, 13-2, 20-7, 16-1].
  • Chhattisgarh (Vandana 19, Riya 16) bt Tamil Nadu (Ishwarya 17, Nishanti 13) 59-58 [14-18, 14-7, 20-17, 11-16].

1 comment:

  1. Basketball is a very interesting and high energy game in which we cant stay hold our breathe for a second for eye pulp and results changed.