Arindam Das Ghosh
Delhi women went through to the semi-finals of the 64th Senior National Basketball Championship, beating their Punjab counterparts by a scoreline of 58-111 at the Thyagaraj Stadium on Monday. Both the teams were neck and neck in the first quarter, with Punjab leading the game by 19-15. That was the high point of the game for Punjab however as in the second quarter of the match. Delhi picked up almost every ball to score 28 points while conceding only nine.
Despite leading 43-28 at halftime, Delhi didn’t let up and scored 30 and 38 points in the final two quarters of the game to get to the century mark. Prashanti Singh (29 points) and Raspreet Sidhu (23) were the key players for the Delhi. Punjab, on the other hand, were lacking in conversion percentages . A napping Punjab defense is also to be blamed, which the Delhi counter-attack violated time and again. Nagma Mirza (28) and Nirmal Kumar (23) were the only two players to have a decent game for Punjab.
While the women team went to the semi-finals, the Delhi men team secured a Level-2 spot for the next year’s tournament, beating Andhra Pradesh 83-59. Delhi’s Vinay Kaushik played a pivotal role in the win, scoring 31 points. West Bengal women also secured a Level-2 spot for the next year’s tournament. In other matches, the defending champions Uttarakhand men eased past Kerala to enter into the semi-finals, beating them 93-74. The Services team also made it to the semis after beating Railways 104-71. The six times champions Indian Railways women also went through to the semi-finals beating Tamil Nadu 90-50.
(Arindam Das Ghosh is a student of EXIMS)