TN girls defend national junior basketball title

The Tamil Nadu girls team registered a 77-58 victory over Kerala in the final of the 69th National junior basketball championship to retain their title.

The victorious Tamil Nadu team poses with the trophy.   -  Special Arrangement

Tamil Nadu girls defended their title with a 77-58 victory over Kerala in the final of the 69th National junior basketball championship at the Guru Nanak Dev Stadium on Monday. The Tamil Nadu girls had earlier humbled Uttar Pradesh 78-49 in the semifinals.

Kerala, however, won the boys title, beating Rajasthan 108-101 after trailing 49-52 at half time. Kerala had dethroned the champion Punjab in the semifinals, after having lost to Rajasthan in the league stage.



Rajeev Singh from Rajasthan and Vaishnavi Yadav from Uttar Pradesh were adjudged the 'most valuable players' in the men’s and women’s sections respectively.

The results:

Men (final): Kerala 108 (Shanazil 29, Chacko 26) bt Rajasthan 101
(Rajeev Singh 40, Sumeet 16).

Third place: Punjab 97 (Rajan 39, Jagshanbir 19) bt Delhi 44 (Aditya 27).

Women (final): Tamil Nadu 77 (Aishwarya 17, Pratibha 15, Pushpa 14) bt
Kerala 58 (Sreekala 14, Ann Mary 12).

Third place: Uttar Pradesh 72 (Vaishnavi 53, Kavya 13) bt Karnataka 32
(Sanjana 12)

 

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