National basketball championship: Tamil Nadu men off to a flying start

In another clash, hot favourite Punjab came from behind to defeat a fighting Rajasthan 101-80.

Justin Gnanaraj of Tamil Nadu scored 11 points against Gujarat.   -  Rayan Rozario

Defending champion Tamil Nadu did not sweat much on its way to an 85-44 win over host Gujarat in a men’s Group A clash of the 69th Senior National basketball championship at the Sidsar Sports complex courts on Sunday.

For the visiting side, it was more of a warm-up game. The team’s chief coach C. V. Sunny knew well it would be an easy affair and decided not to experiment his defensive patterns against the host.

Instead, he tested his bench from the first quarter. He gave them all equal chances on the floor and they did not disappoint.

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It was the host which scored the first point. It came off a free throw but from there the Tamil Nadu men took over and finished the first quarter at 23-6.

The crowd cheered every point that the host scored but when it came to Tamil Nadu they watched in stunned silence as its men, especially Sivabalan, Justin Gnanaraj and Hariram, shot baskets from difficult angles with ease. Gujarat looked a shade better in the second quarter.

It managed to double up its points tally but that did not bother Tamil Nadu much, which went full throttle in the last two quarters to seal the contest.

In another clash, hot favourite Punjab came from behind to defeat a fighting Rajasthan 101-80.

The results

Men: Group A: Tamil Nadu 85 (G. Sivabalan15, R. Hariram 13, Justin Gnanaraj 11, Muin Bek10) bt Gujarat 44 (Vinay Kaushik 14, Vivek Goti14)

Punjab 101 (Amritpal 31, Arshpreet 17, Gaurav Patwal 12, Jagdeep 10) bt Rajasthan 80 (Sharad Dadhich 25, Abbas Ali 20, Kamran Khan 19)

Group C: Telangana 75 (Chandrahas Reddy 20, P. Visu 19, Rajath Srhrivasthava 12) bt Mizoram 57 (Zonosanga18, Larina Renthlet 16)

Delhi 78 (Sunil Kumar16, Rachit 12) bt Goa 44 (Shivkumar 12)

Group D: AP 59 (Kumar Verma18,Tharun Kumar 11) bt HP 47 (Vikram16, Aman13)

Chhattisgarh 60 (Rudrakshu16, Saif 12) bt Nagaland 34 (Sleyi Evizo 16)

Group E: Haryana 82 (Abhishek 20, Deepak Rathee 15, Rinku15) bt Maharashtra 80 (Siddani Shinde 21,Subaham Yadav 17, Edwin Irvin16)

WB 64 (Shaw 25,H. Kanri 18) bt Bihar 48 (R. Manikandan 13)

J&K 62 (Shubham 20, Iqbal Singh16) bt Puducherry 41 (Atchuthan15, Nmasiva 12)

Group F: UP 60 (Vishal12, Priyanshu10) bt MP 42 (Pramod13, Shubaham 12)

Odhisa 97 (Rudrakant Sahu 23, S,K. Riaz 18) bt Tripura 32 (L. Singh10)

Assam 75 (Birendar 17, Ameeth 18) bt Jharkhand 46 (Manish14, Arjun11)

Women: Group A: Indian Railways109 (Sruthi Aravind 24, Madhukumari19, Sitamani Tudu 12, Renjini Peter 11, Ramya 11, Gulbhashaali 11) bt WB 63 (Anjanna Daisy Ekka 26, Nivyaraj 19)

Karnataka 77 (K.B. Harshita 20, Ujjanai Desirazu 12, T. Lopamudra 12) bt Delhi 65 (Bharati Singh 27, Tavleen Kaur 14)

Group B: Chhattisgarh 83 (Poonam Chaturvedi 41, Aakansha Singh 15, Seema Singh13) bt UP 63 (Preeti Kumari 26, Minnu George 13, Pushpa Nishad 11)

Telangana 60 (A.M. Anjusree 19, Trittymol Joseph 13, Monika Polasa 12) bt Maharastra 59 (Sruthi Sherigar 19, Shireen Limaye 13)

Group C: Gujarat 52 (Nidhi Tanl 20, Sharvari Kulkarni 12) bt Uttarakhand 17

Group E: MP 75 (Nia Doma 27, Namaria 19) bt HP 65 (Muskan15,Suman Chauhan 14)