South Zone Basketball Q'fiers: Andhra Pradesh stops Puducherry with late strikes

Later, Tamil Nadu men and women teams began their campaign on a rousing note, with them men thrashing Telangana 107-45 and women thumping a 103-35 win over Andhra Pradesh.

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Chaitanya (25 points) scored eight points towards the end to guide Andhra Pradesh to the finish line. (Representative Image)   -  AP

Captain Kumar Varma came to the rescue of Andhra Pradesh as it warded off a late surge by Puducherry to triumph 115-107 in a men's match of the South Zone basketball qualifiers here on Monday.

Later, Tamil Nadu men and women teams began their campaign on a rousing note. The men's side thrashed Telangana 107-45 while the women's scored a thumping 103-35 win over Andhra Pradesh

Leading in all three quarters--thanks to Aravind Varma's fine show, AP was taken aback by Puducherry's counter-attack in the closing stages of the fourth and final quarter.

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With four and a half minutes remaining for the final whistle, Puducherry equalised 105-each after trailing by seven points. Chaitanya (25 points) scored eight points towards the end to guide AP to the finish line.

RESULTS:

Men: AP 115 (Intiyaz 28, Aravind Varma 20, Kumar Varma 25, Ronit 17) bt Puducherry 107 (Srikanth 25, Lavan 22, Gokul 22); TN 107 (Anantharaj 25, Muin Bek 14, Soorya 13) bt Telangana 45 (Santhosh 10)

Women: TN 103 (Darshini  19, Aishwarya 16, Pratheba 11) bt Andhra Pradesh 35 ( Dhana 11).

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