The 1st All India Basketball Tournament for Men, Rohtak tipped off yesterday at the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex in Sector 6. The tournament is being organised by the Basketball Club of Haryana (BCH) under the aegis of the Haryana State Basketball Association and the Basketball Federation of India. Mr Pradeep Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Rohtak) was the chief guest for the day. Indian Army bt Punjab 86-70
Day 2 action began with Punjab taking on Indian Army. After a strongly contested first three quarters, Indian Army broke away in the last 10 minutes to go 2-0, while Punjab is now 0-2 and almost certain to not progress to the knockout stages, with one league match still remaining. Indian Army (Gopal Ram 21, Ramesh 18, Amandeep 9) bt Punjab (Mandeep Singh 18, Sahil 14, Rahul Mehla 12) 86-70 [21-24, 22-20, 26-13, 17-13] Late evening results from Day 1 (2nd August 2016)
After ONGC, Dehradun's opening win of the tournament, Income Tax-Chennai, Indian Railway and Indian Army all posted wins on Day 1 Income Tax, Chennai bt Haryana 83-76
Arguably the most exciting match was left for last, as Income Tax, Chennai took on the combined Haryana team in a Group A clash. Playing with only 7 members in their squad, Income Tax, Chennai had to dig deep and utilize every ounce of its energy against a deep Haryana lineup. India internationals Rikin Pethani and Akilan Pari, who only just returned from Taiwan after participating in the 38th William Jones Cup Tournament, showed why they are among the nation's best. Centre Rikin Pethani was nearly unstoppable in the paint, scoring a mammoth 31 points, while point guard Akilan Pari beautifully controlled the tempo of the match. Haryana led early (20-16) at the end of the first quarter, and again at the half (43-40), mostly due to the singular brilliance of Vinay, who too has represented India. But the tides, which had been turning Chennai's way, drowned Haryana in the third, as the taxman went in a 23-11 third quarter run. Now Income Tax led 66-52 going into the fourth. Another Haryana rally followed in the final 10 minutes, but Income Tax held on for the 83-76 victory. Income Tax's Akilan Pari was named man of the match. Income Tax, Chennai (Rikin Pethani 31, Akilan 15) bt Haryana (Vinay 25, Deepak 14, Sunil 13) 83-76 [16-20, 24-23, 23-12, 19-21]
Indian Railway bt Punjab 77-67
Group B teams Indian Railway and Punjab went head on in the penultimate match on Day 1. The Indian Railway side, which features multiple players from Haryana were taken aback when Punjab's second string side comprising many youngsters from the famous Ludhiana Basketball Academy took an early lead of 22-17 at the end of the first quarter. Railway though stormed right back in the second to nose ahead 39-35 at half time. In the third quarter it was more of the same as playmaking guard, and eventual man of the match Himanshu Sharma marshalled his team to a commanding 60-46 lead at the end of the third quarter, holding Punjab to just 11 points in the period. Punjab's never-say-die attitude came to the fore in the 4th, but by then it was a little too late, as Railway posted its first win of the tournament. Indian Railway (Gagan 22, Harmanpreet 12) bt Punjab (Rahul 18, Gurvinder S 14) 77-67 [17-22, 22-13, 21-11, 18-22] Indian Army bt Basketball Club of Haryana (BCH) 87-60
Similar to the ONGC, Dehradun team before them, Indian Army pulled away in the second half against the energetic hosts Basketball Club of Haryana to win their opening Group B game. Amandeep Singh of Army was named man of the match. Basketball Club of Haryana did well to keep punching above their weight in the first twenty minutes, but the seasoned Indian Army pulled away when it mattered the most, building on a 40-31 lead at halftime to finally win 87-60. For BCH, guards Pravin and Aaditya top scored with 13 and 10 points respectively. Indian Army (Dalip 18, Amandeep Singh 12, Pramod 11, Ramesh 11) bt Basketball Club of Haryana (Pravin 13, Aaditya 10) 87-60 [21-13, 19-18, 19-13, 28-16]
The inside stories of Indian Basketball - Sony Six TV - 2 days ago
High up in the hilly abode of Himachal Pradesh, lies a fascinating little basketball secret. The Sherabling Monastery, located in Dharamshala, has monks who are in love with basketball. That's right, children from the monastery go out and enjoy the sport that is loved by millions around the globe. NBA Hangout, a new weekly show, gives us an inside view of the fascinating stories related to basketball in India. A segment in the brand new show talks about how basketball has entered the liv... [read more]
High up in the hilly abode of Himachal Pradesh, lies a fascinating little basketball secret. The Sherabling Monastery, located in Dharamshala, has monks who are in love with basketball. That's right, children from the monastery go out and enjoy the sport that is loved by millions around the globe.
NBA Hangout, a new weekly show, gives us an inside view of the fascinating stories related to basketball in India. A segment in the brand new show talks about how basketball has entered the lives of the monks at Sherabling Monastery. The story was quite different a decade ago when monks in Buddhist monasteries weren't allowed to play sports. However, with the growing awareness about the positive mental and physical influence of sports, the children at the monastery were allowed to explore the boon of sports. The rest, as they say, is history. Preferring to play basketball over indoor activities like video games, these young monks cannot wait to get out and shoot some hoops.
Besides the children being astutely aware of the many benefits of playing basketball (one particularly jovial boy mentions his ambitions of growing really tall and becoming a champion in the sport), what strikes a chord is the sheer joy basketball brings them. Despite playing other sports, they monks have a special fondness for basketball and are very enthusiastic about playing it everyday.
Whatever their reasons for playing, whatever the story behind their discovery of the sport, one thing is for certain. Basketball has added a touch of color to the austere lives led by the monks and is a heart-warming example of the magic of hoops and sport in general.
You can catch more such fascinating stories on NBA Hangout on TVF Play and on Thursday at 7 P.M. on Six and Six HD
ONGC Dehradun scored its second straight win defeating Income Tax (Gujarat) 88-71 in men's Group B league of the 31st Federation Cup basketball championship here on Thursday. The IT boys knew they were up against one of the best teams in the country. But they displayed guts of steel, dribbling boldly and confidently into the rival area for precious points, in the first quarter. ONGC, the championship favourite, meanwhile, played in a much relaxed manner. The idea was to exercise its str... [read more]
ONGC Dehradun scored its second straight win defeating Income Tax (Gujarat) 88-71 in men's Group B league of the 31st Federation Cup basketball championship here on Thursday.
The IT boys knew they were up against one of the best teams in the country. But they displayed guts of steel, dribbling boldly and confidently into the rival area for precious points, in the first quarter.
ONGC, the championship favourite, meanwhile, played in a much relaxed manner. The idea was to exercise its strategies for the final league against a strong Indian Overseas Bank on Friday. It was, in fact, a rehearsal of sorts for the team.
After its main players secured a good 15-point lead in the first session, ONGC tested its bench strength.
Income Tax, on the other hand, continued to work hard at the flanks. Dishanth V. Shah, the only tall star in the team, who looked smooth and easy beating the defence in the first half, suddenly could not find the space to move around as he was completely checked by the big men from Uttarakhand.
Income Tax could have still made a match of it had its bench been strong enough. It had just three to boast of as against ONGC's eight. They tried their level best in the final quarter but the damage had already been done.
Late on Wednesday, Customs and Central Excise (Kerala) held its nerves to clinch a 78-77 thriller over a fighting Ludhiana BA.
The results: Men: ONGC (Uttarakhand) 88 (Yadwinder Singh 21, Vishesh Briguvanshi 20) bt Income Tax (Gujarat) 71 (Dishant V. Shah 20, Indravijay Singh 16); Army Service Corps & Centre (Karnataka) 87 (Issac T. Thomas 28, Vivekananda 16) bt Ludhiana BA 64 (Arshpreet Singh 19, Rajveer Singh 18); IOB 75 bt Central Railway 58.
On Wednesday: IOB 82 (G. Sivabalan 20, Hareesh Koroth 19) bt Income Tax (Gujarat) 71 (Dhaval P. Ulva 20, Dishan V. Shaji 19); Customs & Central Excise (Kerala) 78 (R. Manoj 30, K.R. Nikhil 23) bt Ludhiana BA 77 (Arshpreet Bhullar 21, Rahul Mehla 16).
Women: West Bengal 76 (Madhu Kumari 25, Sitamani Tudu 19) bt Kerala 55 (P.G. Anjana 11, Nimmi George 9); Chhattisgarh 105 (Poonam Chaturvedi 42, Riya Verma 18) bt Punjab 75 (Nicha Netam 15, Mahima Bharadwaj 11).
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (26 points) and Amritpal Singh (19 points) did the bulk of the scoring as defending champion ONGC (Uttarakhand) defeated first-time entrant Central Railways (CR) 75-64 in the men's Group B league of the 31st Federation Cup basketball championship here on Wednesday. ONGC fielded its top five at the start, but they failed to fire early. Central Railways cashed in on the chance and raced to a 6-2 lead in the opening minute with Raj Kalbhok shooting twice from outside th... [read more]
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (26 points) and Amritpal Singh (19 points) did the bulk of the scoring as defending champion ONGC (Uttarakhand) defeated first-time entrant Central Railways (CR) 75-64 in the men's Group B league of the 31st Federation Cup basketball championship here on Wednesday.
ONGC fielded its top five at the start, but they failed to fire early. Central Railways cashed in on the chance and raced to a 6-2 lead in the opening minute with Raj Kalbhok shooting twice from outside the ring. ONGC did its best to keep the young shooter in check.
Later, after tightening the screws, it went into attack mode through Bhriguvanshi and Amritpal.
It was the former, in fact, who made a big difference. Standing at over six-foot, the playmaker showed great ball control. He cut down pace time and again and pressed on the power button when it mattered most to make it difficult for Railways.
Amritpal offered him great support and the points started to flow. However, the Central Railways team managed to stay close with ONGC leading 43-32 at the break.
It was ONGC's brilliance in the second half that decided the outcome of the game. It rested its stars, barring Bhriguvanshi, and tested its bench which did the finishing well. ONGC was all over Railways for most part of the last quarter. Railways could have matched the points charts had it not concentrated too hard on its defence. 'It was our first match so it took some time for us to settle down,' said ONGC coach Amit Kumar.
He had words of praise for the Central Railways side. 'They were really good. They were all new players and it was quite natural that they came out with new ideas.'
Central Railways coach Hanif Patel was pleased with his team's performance.
'We lost, but not without a fight. ONGC is a strong side and our boys made a match out of it. We played four of our tall players, but still struggled to beat the ONGC defence. That was because they stood taller than our boys.
Men: Army Service Corps & Centre (Karnataka) 57 (Isaac Thomas 16, Shashi Kumar 13, Jeethendar Singh 13) bt Indian Air Force 51 (Narendra Kumar 20, Joginder Singh 10); ONGC (Uttarakhand) 75 (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 26, Amritpal Singh 19) bt Central Railways 64 (C. Amit 22, Akshadeep 11).
Women: Telangana 70 (Divya Palanivel 15, Aswathy 14, M. Gayathri 10) bt Punjab 39 (Gagandeep 10); Kerala 74 (P.R. Surya 16, P.G. Anjana 13) bt Delhi 36 (Sahiba Maan 12); Tamil Nadu 72 bt West Bengal 67; Southern Railway 69 bt Chhattisgarh 51. Courtesy - The Hindu
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