Services clinch 2nd successive win; enhance hopes for final spot

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Mumbai, Nov 30 (UNI) National champions Services clinched their second win in as many ties to enhance their hopes of a place in the men's final, in the 3rd All India United Phosphorous Savio Cup Basketball Tournament, at Don Bosco School, Matunga here today.

In a surprisingly one-sided super league match, the formidable Services sent Karnataka crashing to their second defeat and out of contention following a convincing 101-67 win, after leading 53-38 at half-time.

Playing their second tie in the four-team league, Karnataka who were still recovering from their narrow 76-77 loss to ONGC in the opener yesterday, found the going tough against an aggressive Services who initiated constant raids to stay ahead and in complete control.

Bipin (18), Jairaj (14), Settu (13) and Dalip Kumar (10) scored the most for the winners, while Varun (18), Nixon (16) and Deiva Kumar (12) contributed the most for Karnataka.

In another men's super league encounter late yesterday night, Services overcame a strong challenge from Railways to coast to an 81-65 win.

Women's defending champion Southern Rly remained on course for their third consecutive Savio Cup title when they beat Maharashtra 61-37 for their second win in as many ties.

In another women's match, UPL-Rest of India registered their first win in two outings when they beat Malaysia XI 85-65, even as the visitors crashed to their second defeat in as many ties and are out of contention.

UPL-Rest of India and Maharashtra, who have a win and a loss each, will battle for the second spot as they face each other in the concluding women's league tie. The top two will qualify for the final.

RESULTS: Men's Super League: Services 101 (Bipin 18, Jairaj 14, Settu 13, Dalip Kumar 10) bt Karnataka 67 (Varun 18, Nixon 16, Deiva Kumar 12). HT: 53-38.

Services 81 (Sweeto Francis 26, Shambhaji Kadam 23) bt Railways 63 (Yadwinder Singh 18, Jasjot Singh 15). HT: 35-24.

Women: UPL-Rest of India 85 (Sophie Som 23, Seema Singh 15, Pushpa 13) bt Malaysia XI 65 (Pang Hui Pin 23, Ang Siew Teng 20, Nur Izzati 10). HT: 42-37.

Southern Rly 61 (Geethu Anna Jose 23, M. Adhirai 12, P. Anitha 10) bt Maharashtra 37 (Lincy Joseph 17). HT: 37-18.

UNI

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