KAPURTHALA, JUNE 16:Defending champions Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Manipur qualified for the knockout stage from their respective boys pools in the 35th Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship here today.
Holders Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Kerala girls also advanced to the knockout stage from their respective pools.
In the boys pool D encounter Tamil Nadu outpointed Kerala by 38-32. The TN boys established a 26-9 points in the second quarter. In the third and fourth quarters Kerala with their second set of five players fought well and scored 23 points against 12 by Tamil Nadu. However that was not enough to extricate from the jaws of defeat. For Tamil Nadu Shiva (14), Gautam (4), Rajesh (8). For Kerala, Raju (10), Balu (9), Denny (6) and Sibin (4) were the main scorers.
In the girls pool ‘E’ match Punjab staged a fine rally to overcome Rajasthan by 47-24 points. Rajasthan gained a lead of one point (12-11) at the end of first quarter. Cheered by the home crowd, Punjab fought back through their substitutes in the second quarter as they not only wiped out the deficit, but also established a lead of nine points (27-18). In the third quarter, Punjab consolidated their lead by 16 points (36-20) and finally in the fourth quarter won by 47-34 points.
For Punjab Savita (11), Aman (12), Sukhnoor-5, Manpreet (6) and for Rajasthan, Ishita (11), Manisha (8) and Kumud (6) were the principal scorers.
It was Punjab’s second successive win as last night they had beaten West Bengal.
Boys: Pool-A: J&K bt H.P 36-34, Punjab bt H.P 39-10.Pool B: Haryana bt Uttrakhand 30-18, Jharkhand bt Chattisgarh 36-35. Pool C: Tripura bt Gujrat 34-23, Rajasthan bt Gujrat 59-6, Rajasthan bt Karnataka 45-18. Pool D: Tamil Nadu bt M.P 53-46, M.P bt Chandigarh 52-11, Tamil Nadu bt Kerala 38-32, Kerala bt Chandigarh 46-13. Pool E: U.P bt Maharashtra 56-33, A.P bt Orrisa 26-22.Pool-F: Delhi bt West Bengal 62-22, Manipur bt Mizoram 38-31,Manipur bt West Bengal 54-44.
Girls: Pool A: Chattisgarh bt Gujarat 80-5. Pool B: U.P bt Delhi 66-3, Delhi bt J&K 59-4. Pool C: Karnataka bt Haryana 37-28. Pool D: A.P bt Manipur 45-18, A.P bt Maharashtra 43-26. Pool E: West Bengal bt M. 38-24, Punjab bt Rajasthan 47-24, M.P bt Rajasthan 29-18, Punjab bt West Bengal 49-34. Pool F : Jharkhand bt Kerala 35-16, Kerala bt Uttrakhand 36-4, Tamil Nadu bt Uttrakhand 56-9.