Results from Day 3 of the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship
Sanjeev Kumar of Bihar in action vs Tripura
Puducherry, 9th January 2017: On the morning of Day 3 of the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship, the Indian Railways men looked like a cohesive unit in their win against Chhattisgarh. Led by the scoring of 2016 NBA D-League draftee Palpreet Singh (30 points), the Railways dominated the second half to close out on a 64-53 win. The Karnataka men continued their good run with a thrilling win against Haryana today. Anil Kumar top scored again for Karnataka with 26 points as his team held on to a slim lead and clinched another win (76-73).
The Railways women matched the performance of their male counterparts with a solid team effort against Chhattisgarh. Depsite Poonam’s 42 points, Railways balanced scoring helped them tip Chhattisgarh in a match that was decided in the final minute. Clutch freethrows knocked down by Railways’ Sitamani Tudu secured a 71-68 win for her team. The Kerala girls registered another easy win today blowing out the Delhi team 80 to 44. Kerala and India team star Jeena PS put up 22 points.
In the Level 2 men’s games, Chandigarh and Delhi registered wins against Sikkim and Goa respectively, while Telangana won another game today morning, this time against Bihar (65-39).
Later in the day, the Telangana women’s team, who surprised everyone by reaching the semi-finals last year, proved too strong for Punjab. After racing to a double-digit lead in the first half, Telangana cruised the rest of the game to reach a 71-43 win. The Madhya Pradesh women inched closer to moving to Level 1 by winning another game today beating Himachal Pradesh 47-27.
Punjab men’s slip from form was tough to watch as they suffered a 2-game skid losing their match against Kerala today. Akhil top scored for Kerala with 29 points as they pulled away late to clinch a 88-77 victory. There was some cheer for the home crowd today as the Puducherry men beat Himachal Pradesh 68 to 47, led by Achuthan’s 18 points.
About the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship 2017
The championship is being held 7th to 14th January. 27 men’s teams and 25 women’s teams have confirmed their participation.
The championship is being organised by the Puducherry Basketball Association under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India.
Matches are being simultaneously held on four different courts: the indoor and outdoor courts of the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium complex (Courts 1 & 2), and the two courts at the Petit Seminare School.
Defending champions Railways women will be the team to watch out for as it rekindles its rivalry with previous winners Chhattisgarh. In the men’s section, traditional powerhouses Services, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu will be vying for top honours.
29 international players from across the country will be adding their experience to the fray.
Relevant Links for further information
- Senior Nationals format & significance
- Info on winners and runners up from all the past Senior Nationals
- Previous (66th edition) consolidated results & final standings
- 65th edition consolidated results & final standings