Punjab boys and Chattisgarh girls qualify for knockout stage

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Kapurthala, Jun 17 (UNI) Holders Punjab and Chattisgarh chalked out facile wins in the boys and girls sections respectively to move into the knockout stage of the 35th Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship here today.

Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Manipur in boys section, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Kerala in girls section also advanced to the knockout stage.

In the boys section, Punjab routed HP 39-10 Chattisgarh girls crushed Gujarat 80-5.

In another match in the boys section, Tamil Nadu defeated Kerala 38-32. The TN boys build up a lead of 17 points (26-9) by the end of the second quarter.

In the third and fourth quarters, Kerala, with their second set of five players put up a good performance, scoring 23 points against Tamil Nadu's 12 which, however, was not sufficient for changing the result.

For Tamil Nadu Shiva (14), Gautam (4), Rajesh (8) and for Kerala, Raju (10), Balu (9), Denny (6) and Sibin (4) were the main scorers.

In the girls pool 'E' match, Punjab rallied to beat Rajasthan by 47-24 points. Rajasthan took a lead of one point (12-11) at the end of first quarter. The lead, however, shortlived as Punjab, through their substitutes in the second quarter, not only wiped out the deficit, but also took a lead of nine points (27-18). In the third quarter, the hosts consolidated their lead by 16 points (36-20) and finally in the fourth quarter they wrapped up the game by 47-34 points.

For Punjab Savita (11), Aman (12), Sukhnoor-5, Manpreet (6) and for Rajasthan, Ishita (11), Manisha (8) and Kumud (6) were the principal scorers.

It was Punjab's second successive win as last night they had beaten West Bengal.

Results: Boys: Pool-A: J&K bt HP 36-34, Punjab bt HP 39-10. Pool B: Haryana bt Uttrakhand 30-18, Jharkhand bt Chattisgarh 36-35. Pool C: Tripura bt Gujrat 34-23, Rajasthan bt Gujrat 59-6, Rajasthan bt Karnataka 45-18. Pool D: Tamil Nadu bt MP 53-46, MP bt Chandigarh 52-11, Tamil Nadu bt Kerala 38-32, Kerala bt Chandigarh 46-13. Pool E : UP bt Maharashtra 56-33, AP bt Orrisa 26-22. Pool-F: Delhi bt West Bengal 62-22, Manipur bt Mizoram 38-31, Manipur bt West Bengal 54-44.

Girls: Pool A: Chattisgarh bt Gujarat 80-5. Pool B: UP bt Delhi 66-3, Delhi bt J&K 59-4. Pool C: Karnataka bt Haryana 37-28. Pool D: AP bt Manipur 45-18, AP bt Maharashtra 43-26. Pool E: West Bengal bt MP 38-24, Punjab bt Rajasthan 47-24, MP bt Rajasthan 29-18, Punjab bt West Bengal 49-34. Pool F: Jharkhand bt Kerala 35-16, Kerala bt Uttrakhand 36-4, Tamil Nadu bt Uttrakhand 56-9.

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