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