ONGC (Dehradun), IOB excel

ONGC (Dehradun) and IOB (Chennai) underscored their status as favourites with facile victories in the men’s section of the Federation Cup basketball tournament.

Pratham Singh of Indian Overseas Bank in action against ArmyRed in the Federation Cup basketball tournament held at Panjim onMarch 11, 2016.   -  Special Arrangement

ONGC (Dehradun) and IOB (Chennai) underscored their status as favourites with facile victories in the men’s section of the Federation Cup basketball tournament here on Friday.

ONGC (Dehradun) relied on Trideep Rai (20 points) and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (17 points) to outclass Vijaya Bank (Bengaluru) 64-32. Trideep was unstoppable beyond the three-point line as he sank all five of his attempts, while the wily Bhriguvanshi found his way to the rim with ease.

The defending champion is now unbeaten after two matches. IOB (Chennai), meanwhile, registered a third straight win, taking out Army Red 71-47. Shooting guard Pratham Singh (22 points, 10 rebounds) converted five of his nine three-pointers, and the side also rode on an all-round show by Vineeth Mathew (17 points, 15 rebounds).

On the defence front, IOB was impeccable, shutting down all threats presented by Army Red.

The results: Men: North-western Railways (Jaipur) 91 (Prashant Singh 33, Abdul Rahim Khan 20, Jainesh Patel 16) bt Kerala Police 88 (Jijo Thankachan 22, Shreejith Nair 21, Jomon Jose 19); Indian Overseas Bank (Chennai) 71 (Pratham Singh 22, Vineeth Mathew 17, Siva Balan 11) bt Army Red 47 (Mayur Bhat 22, Ramesh 10); ONGC (Dehradun) 64 (R. Trideep 20, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 17) bt Vijaya Bank (Karnataka) 32 (Roby Thomas 11).

Women: Chhattisgarh 107 (Poonam Chaturvedi 65, Saranjeet Kaur 15, B. Riya 11) bt Maharashtra 82 (Manisha Dange 29, Sruthi Menon 26); Southeast Central Railways (Bilaspur) 62 (Sangeeta Kaur 23, Akansha Singh 13, Nikita Godamkar 9) bt Delhi 47 (Monika Vats 12, Sahiba 10); Telangana 66 (R. Ramya 19, P. Divya 18, M. Gayathri 15) bt Karnataka 44 (K.R. Ranjitha 17).