IOB knock out Punjab with big victory

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Mumbai, Jan 27 (PTI) Indian Overseas Bank stood tallagainst fancied Punjab to score a convincing 72-64 victory inmen''s league clash to send the latter packing from theUnited Phosphorous-Savio Cup All-India Basketball Tournamentat Don Bosco school courts in Matunga here today.

The towering trio of Abhilesh Paul, Mihir Pandey andVeneet Mathew came up with an imposing display to power thebankmen from Chennai to their third win from four outings.

Punjab, on the other hand, slumped to their third defeatin four games and are out of reckoning for a final slot.

Of the other four teams in the fray, Shooting for Success(USA) are in a good position with three wins from as manymatches and are favourites for one of the final slots, whilethe other place is expected to be battled between IOB andIndian Railways.

The US outfit made Railways their latest victim, scoringan authoritative 88-77 win late last night.

IOB and Punjab were tied 32-32 at half time, the firsthalf producing some fast action. While IOB had the edge in thefirst quarter, leading 18-14, Punjab returned to form in thesecond, taking it 18-14 to level scores at half time.

Punjab maintained their robust play in the third quarterwith Amritpal Singh finding the basket regularly to help themwin the 10-minute session 20-17 and take the lead. (More) PTISSR VKV SHN

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