Khelo India Youth Games: In basketball, Punjab and Tamil Nadu enter three finals

Punjab and Tamil Nadu made three of the four finals each in basketball in the Khelo India Youth Games at the Balewadi Sports Complex on Friday.

Action during the men's U-21 basketball semifinals between Kerala and Punjab in Pune on Friday.   -  Special Arrangement

Punjab and Tamil Nadu made three of the four finals each in basketball in the Khelo India Youth Games at the Balewadi Sports Complex on Friday.

Punjab men’s under-21 and women’s under-17 will clash with Tamil Nadu in the final. In the other two events, Tamil Nadu under-21 women will play Karnataka while Punjab’s under-17 men, who edged past Kerala 84-81 after leading 40-30 at half time, will be challenged by Rajasthan.

In women’s hockey being staged at the National Defence Academy in Khadakvasala, Haryana beat Odisha 2-0 to set up a title clash with Jharkhand which beat Punjab 3-0, in the under-21 event.

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The under-17 event will also feature Haryana against Jharkhand in the final.

Host Maharashtra had swept all the four gold medals in kho kho, beating Kerala in two finals apart from Delhi and Andhra Pradesh, in the under-21 and 17, boys and girls sections.

The results

Basketball (semifinals): Men: Under-21: Punjab 72 (Kanwar Gurbaz Sandhu 18, Vinay Kumar 12) bt Kerala 48 (B. Akhil 10). Tamil Nadu 78 (Hariram 21, Arvind Kumar 17, Sheldin Roshan 16) bt Maharashtra 57 (Sameer Qureshi 20).

Under-17: Punjab 84 (Arvinder Singh 25, Rajan 16, Navkarman singh 16, Mannetpreet 15, Eknoor Johal 10) bt Kerala 81 (Aaron Blessen 31, Pranav Prince 18, Jerome George 14); Rajasthan 67 (Rajveer Bhati 16, Jitendra Sharma 12) bt Haryana 56 (Vikrant 16, Ashok 12, Sail 12).

Women: Under-21: Tamil Nadu 79 (Pushpa Senthilkumar 26, Ishwarya 17, Dharshini 14) bt Uttar Pradesh 52 (AL Ankrita Singh 17, Pooja Yadav 15). Karnataka 79 (M Bhandavya 31, B Harshita 16, K Lopamudra 12) bt Kerala 65 (KC Lithara 22, R Sreekala 20).

Under-17: Punjab 80 (Harsimran Dhami 35, Kanishka Dhir 17, Sapna 14) bt Maharashtra 73 (Siya Deodhar 24, Suzanne Pinto 10, Shruti Bhosale 10, Abha Lad 10). Tamil Nadu 70 (Sathiya 18, Nikita 14, Shree Varshini 14, Steffie Agnes 14) bt Kerala 64 (Ann Mary Zachariah 25, Akshaya Philip 26).