Army Red in semi-final with North-western Railways victory

Army Red posted a scrappy 68-50 win over North-western Railways to enter the men’s semi-final of the Federation Cup basketball tournament here on Saturday.

Both sides failed to get going on the offensive end, missing regulation buckets with alarming frequency.

Army Red posted a scrappy 68-50 win over North-western Railways to enter the men’s semi-final of the Federation Cup basketball tournament here on Saturday.

Both sides failed to get going on the offensive end, missing regulation buckets with alarming frequency. North-western Railways converted just 16 of 74 field-goal attempts, while Army Red was only marginally better. Vijaya Bank (Bengaluru) - the most entertaining unit in the fray - took out Ludhiana Basketball Academy 72-43.

The Bengaluru players jumped high to finish the layups, threw down a few slam dunks, and collected the assists with no-look passes. In the women’s section, Kerala sailed past Maharashtra 81-63. P.S. Jeena (26 points, 10 rebounds), G. Rojamol (15 pts) and Stephy Nixon (14 pts, 8 rebounds) ensured that the favourite notched a third-straight victory.

The results (league):

Men:

IOB (Chennai) 63 (Arvind Annadurai 14, Mihir Pandey 12, K. Satheesh 11) bt Don Bosco Oratory (Goa) 38 (Dillano Marchon 9); Army Red 68 (Ramesh Kumar 20, Jayram Jat 18) bt Northwestern Railways 50 (Prashant Singh 27, Patel Jainesh 13); Vijaya Bank (Bengaluru) 72 (B.K. Anil Kumar 19, S. Karthickeyan 13, Arvind Arumugam 10) bt Ludhiana Basketball Academy 43 (Arshpreet Singh Bhullar 18).

Women:

Kerala 81 (P.S. Jeena 26, G. Rojamol 15, Stephy Nixon 14) bt Maharashtra 63 (Manisha Dange 21, Shruthi Menon 20, Sangeeta Mandal 14); Karnataka 74 (C.R. Kavana 25, Ranjitha 20, P. Priyanka 11) bt Delhi 63 (Sahiba 20, Princy 15, Monika Vats 12).

Semifinal line-up:

Men: Vijaya Bank v IOB, ONGC v Army Red

Women: Kerala v Telangana, Chhattisgarh v Southeast Central Railways (Bilaspur).