Mumbai: The Maharashtra women’s team, probably fielding their strongest and fittest team in recent years, and defending champions Southern Railway recorded their second wins in the women’s league stage of the 8th Savio Cup All India Basketball Tournament at the Don Bosco School, Matunga.
While Maharashtra came up with another clinical performance to down South Central Railway 73-55 late on Thursday for their second consecutive win, Southern Railway inflicted another defeat on South Central Railway, winning 74-44 for their second win from three games. Maharashtra play Chattisgarh on Saturday in their last league encounter and only a loss with a deficit in excess of 20 points can prevent their advance into the final.
The Boys Under-20 category will see Savio Club fight it out against Nagpada Basketball Association (NBA) for the title. In the final league match, which was a precursor to the final, Savio Club defeated NBA 60-51 to ensure their slot in the title clash. A loss in this match would have meant Indian Gym making the title slot, but Savio Club riding on performances from Melvin Rego (16) and Kush Lahankar (15) ensure their passage into the final round.
Tamil Nadu men registered the highest score in the eight-year history of the tournament while defeating Maharashrtra 110-79 in a men’s league match on Friday.
Women: Mah 73 (Manisha Dange 24, Renjesha Mathew 13) bt South Central Rly 55 (Anusha Anto 22, Jilna Jose 14) HT 37-25.
Southern Railway 74 (Anitha P 17, Geethu Anna Jose 16) bt South Central Rly 44 (Jilna J 12, Manda M 12) HT 37-23.
Boys U-20: Savio Club 60 (Melvin Rego 16, Kush Lahankar 15) bt NBA 51 (Mohsin Khan 20, Arafat Momin 13) HT 29-27.
Tamil Nadu 110 (Rikin Pethani 17, C V Dinesh 15,m M A Raghuram 12) bt Maharashtra 79 (Siddhant Shinde 27, Raj Kalbhor 11) HT 52-35)