Stage set for Sub-Junior National Basketball

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Kapurthala, Jun 14 (UNI) Defending champions and hosts Punjab will take on Himachal Pradesh in the inaugural match in the boys section of the 35th Sub-Junior National Basketball Championships here tomorrow.

In the girls sections, the hosts will clash with West Bengal.

According to Punjab Basketball Association R S Gill, 23 three boys and 20 girls teams have already arrived. As many as 16 boys and 13 girls teams have undergone medical examinations to verify age of the players. A medical team has been constituted for this purpose.

Mr Gill, who is also chief of the Basketball Federation of India said four flood-lit basketball courts would be used to conduct 94 matches of the championship, which will be played on league-cum-knock out system.

In all 19 matches will be played on the opening day.

Punjab Basketball Association General Secretary Teja Singh Dhaliwal said that Punjab boys had been grouped with Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir in Pool A. Punjab girls are in Pool E along with Madhya Pradesh and Pudducherry.

Haryana, Chandigarh and Karnataka girls are in Pool C.

Pools: Boys: Pool A: Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.

Pool B: Chattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand.

Pool C: Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu.

Pool D: Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh, Kerala, Puddicherry.

Pool E: Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharasthra.

Pool F: West Bengal, Manipur and Mizoram.

Girls: Pool A: Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh.

Pool B: Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi. Pool C: Haryana, Chandigarh, Karnataka.

Pool D: Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, West Bengal.

Pool E: Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Puddicherry, Uttrakhand.

Pool F: Jharkhand, Kerala, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, Loveneet Singh and Pawandeep Kaur, both of Ludhiana Basketball Academy will lead the Punjab basketball sub-junior boys and girls teams, respectively in the championship Boys: Loveneet Singh, Kushneet Singh, Manipal Singh, Satnam Singh, Sameer Sen (all Ludhiana Basketball Academy), Arjun Parshad (Ludhiana Distt), Inderjit Singh (Mansa), Navjot (Ferozepur), Gagandeep (Ferozepur), Chetan (Kapurthala), Sehjdeep Singh ( Patiala), Coach: Gurinder Singh. Assistant coach: Jagroop Singh.

Manager: Ajay Chopra.

Girls: Pawandeep Kaur (LBA), Sukhnoor, Parminder, Sarabjt, Jaspreet, Manpreet (LBA), Harpreet (Gurdaspur), Amandeep ( Sangrur ), Sukhdeep ( Sangrur), Savita (Kapurthala), Rakhi ( Kapurthala), Kamaljit (Kapurthala). Coach: Kanwarjit Singh. Assistant Coach: Ashwani Kumr. Manager: P S Nijjer.

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