National Basketball Championship: Punjab thumps Haryana

Punjab led the contest for 38:28s of the total 40 minutes scoring a 101-57 win over Haryana in the National Basketball Championship.

Punjab basket ball captain Satnam Singh (blue jersey 52) with the ball against Haryana during the Senior National basketball championship for men at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.   -  V. Ganesan

Punjab secured an emphatic 101-57 win over Haryana in the men’s Level I, Group B match on the fourth day of the senior National basketball championship at the Nehru indoor stadium here on Saturday.

Punjab led the contest for 38:28s of the total 40 minutes. Tawinder Singh top-scored with 23 points, scoring thrice out of the three attempts from inside and five times out of the nine attempts from outside.

Punjab had scored 21 points from turnovers as opposed to Haryana’s seven. Also, Punjab had 40 fast break points and Haryana 14. Captain Deepak Rathee, Vishal Tiwari and Ankit scored twelve points each for Haryana. Punjab has now won three of the four matches it’s played.

Men’s defending champion Uttarakhand, an early loss to Karnataka put behind, looked in fine form beating Kerala by a 40-point margin (85-45). Manu Thomas top-scored with 15 points as Karnataka beat Odisha 78-40 (28-7, 22-4, 16-11, 12-18) in Level I, Group A.

In the women’s category, Railways drubbed Telangana 101-30 (35-11, 28-4, 27-3, 15-12) to post its fourth successive win in Level I, Group B. 

Kerala defeated Tamil Nadu 69-53 (23-8, 10-10, 16-14, 20-21) in Level I, Group A. P. Jeena top-scored with 17 points for Kerala, while for Tamil Nadu V. Srividya emerged the top-scorer for the second time in a row. She had top-scored in the loss versus Chhattisgarh, the match that Tamil Nadu managed to tie but lost in the first overtime. 

The results (day four):

Men: Level I

Group A: Karnataka 78 bt Odisha 40; Uttarakhand 85 bt Kerala 45; Group B: Punjab 101 bt Haryana 57; Level II: Group C: Services 85 bt Chhattisgarh 46; Group F: Madhya Pradesh 77 bt Bihar 65

Women: Level I

Group A: Chhattisgarh 85 bt Madhya Pradesh 69; Kerala 69 bt Tamil Nadu 53; Group B: Railways 101 bt Telangana 30; Maharashta 82 bt Rajasthan 71.