Senior National basketball: Madhu Kumari stars in Indian Railways win

Strong contender Tamil Nadu also had a relatively easy day out and in the men’s section, hot favourite Punjab got past a fighting Karnataka.

Tamil Nadu's Pushpa (in white) was in full flow against Delhi.   -  Rayan Rozario

Defending champion Indian Railways opened its campaign in the women’s section with a resounding 82-47 win over Karnataka in the 69th senior national basketball championship at the Sisdar Sports Complex courts on Saturday.

It was a totally new environment for the teams but the Railways women had seen the best and worst of it.

They quickly settled down on the new indoor sports complex, inaugurated by Vijaybhai Rupani, the Gujarat Chief Minister earlier in the day, and started firing from all cylinders.

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Madhu Kumari (19 pts), as usual, was at her best and she got ample support from Sitamani (14 pts) and Sruthi Menon (11 pts).

Strong contender Tamil Nadu also had a relatively easy day out. With Pushpa (22 pts) in full flow, the Delhi women found it pretty hot from the start. Sathiya (15 pts) and Dharshini (14 pts) played their part as well for the team.

In the men’s section, hot favourite Punjab, riding on the brilliance of Jagdeep Singh (21 pts), got past a fighting Karnataka 85-77.

The results:

Men: Group A: Punjab 85 (Jagdeep Singh 21, Amritpal Singh15, Gurvinder Singh Gill14, Rajbir Singh12, Arshpreet Singh Buller 10, Gaurav Patwal10) bt Karnataka 77 (Anil Kumar 20, M. Harissh16, A. Aravind 16, Rahul Sarath10)

Rajasthan 89 (Sharad Dadich 31, KaranKhan 22, Gaurav Chandel 19) bt Gujarat 71 (Harpal Siingh Vaghela 23, Indervijay Gohil15, Vivek Goti14)

Group B: Indian Railways 75 (Rakesh Singh 21, Himanshu Sharma 17, Lovneet Singh 15) bt Chandigarh 74 (Amit 24, Jain Shokhanda 21, Ravi Bhardwaj 17)

Group C: Delhi 63 (Vishal Hooda15, Sunil Kumar 15, Arshdeep Singh 15) bt Mizoram 45 (Zonun Snaga 22, Lalrina Renthalei 16)

Group D: Himachal Pradesh 54 (Vikram Thakur 26) bt Nagaland 35 (Kevisesituo 9)

Group E: Maharashtra 73 (Ajinkya Asokrao Mani 18, Subam Yadav 11) bt J&K 51 (Iqbal 10); West Bengal 59 (P. Ragunath 17, Bhrigendra16) bt Puducherry 45 (M. Achuthan 14); Haryana 66 (Rinku 17, Sahil13) bt Bihar 45 (Sanjeev Kumar 17,Abhishi Pratap12); Uttar Pradesh 63 (Pulkit 14,TushalSingh 11) bt Jharkhand 27, Rajandeep Kaur 21)

Women: Group A: Indian Railways 82 (Madhu Kumari19, Sitamani Tudu14, Sruthi Menon 11) bt Karnataka 47 (Lopamudra Timmaiah14, Anusha 11, Varsha Nandini 10)

Tamil Nadu 64 (Pushpa 22, S Sathiya15, Dharshini14) bt Delhi 49 (Raspreet Sidhu15)

Group C: Punjab 83 (Anmolpreeth Kaur 24, Rajandeep Kaur 21) bt Uttrakhand 19

Group E: MP 74 (Nima Doma Bhutia 25, Namrata16) bt Bihar 54 (Divya Pandey 20, Kiran Yadav 12)

Group F: Rajasthan 64 (Nisha Sharma 33, Rashi Kotani12) bt Assam 31 (Kiran Kumari 16); Jharkhand 59 (A. Samad 15, Jayakumari10) bt J & K 29

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