With the scoreboard oscillating crazily between the two teams in the last two power plays,the pressure got to IOB,whose players fumbled when it mattered most,enabling ONGC pull off a deserving 59-54 win in the mens final of the United Phosphorous and Tridhaatu Realty Sponsored 28th Ramu Memorial Basketball Tournament at the Indian Gymkhana on Sunday.
Earlier,Defending Champion Southern Railway outplayed Chattisgarh 64-39 to lift the womens title. R Rajapriya scored highest 20 points,while P Anitha scored 17 points. For the losers it was M Sangeeta & T Shoshan,who scores 10 points.
ONGC were down for almost a quarter and a half before they pulled up and maintained their lead. IOB worked hard on their defence,restricting ONGC to just 38 percent shooting. But IOB’s offence too suffered as they shot 23 for 58 from the floor. Vishesh Brigbhuvanshi,who is generally a high contributor,was restricted to just 17 points and 6 rebounds,while Yadwinder Singh had 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Centre Rikin Pethani,who was in good form,had 18 points with 10 rebounds,but only Pratham Singh for help. Pratham had 21 points and 7 rebounds. The rest of the IOB team suffered from offensive court blues.
In the Womens final,Southern Railway defeated Chattisgarh 64-39 to exact revenge for their 54-55 defeat to the same team in the Round Robin league.
Southern set the tone in the first quarter when they outplayed them 15-4 through smart defence. A lead of this nature would demoralise any team and Chattisgarh were no different.
Southern,who played Anitha Pauladurai sparingly in the the league match against Chattisgarh,started their best playing five with Anitha and M Adhirai.
Thankfully for Chattisgarh,Anitha was in woeful shooting form. She was 6 for 23 from the floor. Yet she had 17 points and 9 rebounds R Rajpriya had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Adhirai had 9 points and 6 rebounds. L Deepa and T Shoshan had 10 points for Chattisgarh.
Earlier,Savio Club won the under-21 boys final,defeating Mastan YMCA 86-54. Savio Club had too many guns and Mastan YMCA struggled to silence them. Savio had the height advantage and dominated the boards 57-47,They had 44 points from the paint to Mastan’s 28. Savio Club had too many guns and Mastan YMCA struggled to silence them. Savio had the height advantage and dominated the boards 57-47,They had 44 points from the paint to Mastan’s 28.
Twins Lav and Kush Lahankar scored 10 and 11 points and 8 and 5 rebounds each. Centres R Melvin and P Paras had 15 and 16 rebounds each with 24 and 20 points respectively. Only Salman Shaikh,with 24 points and 10 rebounds and Salim Malik,12 points and 11 rebounds were effective for Mastan.
Sports Journalists Association of Mumbai (SJAM) awarded the Javed Akhtar Memorial Trophy to ONGCs Vishesh Brigbhuvanshi,the best player of the Ramu Memorial Basketball tournament 2013.
Final Scores: Mens: O.N.G.C. 59 (Yadwinder Singh 18,Vishesh Brigbhuvanshi 17) bt Indian Overseas Bank (I.O.B.) 54 (Pratham Singh 21,Rikin Pethani 18) Quarter wise score: (18-19,34-27,48-44,59-54). Womens: Southern Railway 64 (R Rajapriya 20,P ANitha 17,S Kokila 15) bt Chattisgarh 39 (M Sangeeta 10,T Shoshan 10) Quarter wise score: (15-4,33-15,51-25,64-39). Boys u-21: Savio Club 86 (R Melvin 24,P Paras 20,Kush Lahankar 11,Lve Lahankar 10) bt Mastan YMCA 54 (Salman Shaikh 24,Salim Malik 12) Quarter wise score: (23-16,40-28,63-38,86-54).