Kerala boys and girls move into semi-finals of JN Basketball

Balbir Singh
CHANDIGARH: Kerala boys and girls moved into semi-finals of the 69th Junior National Basketball Championship for Men and Women at the Ludhiana Basketball Academy, Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana today.
Delhi and Rajasthan boys also advanced into the semi-finals. Kerala girls were joined in the semi-finals by Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
With Sejin ( 43) and Shanzail (22 ) combining well, Kerala boys terminated the winning spree of Tamil Nadu by 110-102[17-37, 40-27, 21-14, 32-24]. Arvind top scored for TN with 27 points.
Delhi overcame formidable Uttar Pradesh by 86-78[24-13, 23-26, 19-13,20-26] in the quarter-final. Aditya (24) and Nitin (25) were star performers for the winners. Rajasthan defeated  Gujarat by 112-107[37-27, 30-29, 30-27, 15-24].
Kerala girls reserved their berth in semi-final at the expense of Madhya Pradesh by 63-40[17-07, 16-11, 14-06, 16-16].
Results: Men (q-finals):
Delhi(Aditya 24 pts, Nitin 25 pts) bt U.P(Priyanshu 20 pts, Akshay 16 pts) 86-78[24-13, 23-26, 19-13,20-26].
Rajasthan(Rajeev 45 pts, Ashish 21 pts) bt Gujarat(Ashutosh 35 pts, Krishnapal 23 pts) 112-107[37-27, 30-29, 30-27, 15-24].
Kerala(Sejin 43 pts, Shanzail 22 pts) bt TN(Arvind 27 pts) 110-102[17-37, 40-27, 21-14, 32-24].
Women (q-finals): U.P(Vaishnavi 43 pts, Kavya 17 pts) bt Gujarat(Ria 18 pts, Tavleen 12 pts) 76-47[14-21, 11-09, 25-15, 26-02].
Karnataka(Sanjana 28 pts, Harshitha 13 pts) bt Maharashtra(Neha 17 pts, Anshika 14 pts) 67-49[23-15, 20-18, 8-5, 16-11].
Kerala(Aparna 15 pts, Ann Mary 12 pts) bt M.P(Rajvi 16 pts) 63-40[17-07, 16-11, 14-06, 16-16].

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