Punjab Police overcame Hissar Club 91-73 in their men’s group B match of the senior Federation Cup basketball championship at the Chittoor District Sports Authority stadium court on Wednesday night. On court 1, ONGC toyed with Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh 74-42.
The Punjab squad exploited a porous Hissar defence, Sukhdeep in particular scoring almost at will. Neither side made a conscious effort to protect its half, resulting perhaps in the tournament’s highest scoring game so far.
Earlier, Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Chennai staved off a stiff challenge from Madras Engineer Group (MEG), Bengaluru to win 85-70, after the latter came as close as 36-39 during the changeover.
When the tall and wiry Manu Thomas mopped up the defensive rebounds, there was a sharp decline in IOB’s scoring from 30-18 in the opening 10 minutes to 39-36 by half-time. Induction of the seasoned Vineeth Mathew proved hugely beneficial for the bankers as he combined with Siva Balan to score steadily from the paint area, netting almost every attempt in the process.
For MEG, Amal James’ scorching solo runs found him invariably within the firing range of the opponent’s backboard. When the semi-circle proved hard to breach, he deployed three-pointers while being spot-on from close quarters too, one under-basket showcasing his highly opportunistic forays.
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