Mumbai: The Tamil Nadu men made a strong start to their campaign, defeating formidable Indian Railways 76-47 in a men’s league match of the 8th Savio Cup All-India Basketball Tournament, sponsored by Tridhatu Reality India and United Phosphorous Ltd at the Don Bosco School, Matunga on Tuesday.
In the Under-20 Boys category, Mastan YMCA recorded a five-point win over Fr. Agnel, Mohsin Shaikh excelling for the winners with 31 points in their 72-67 victory. This was Fr. Agne’s second consecutive loss, having gone down to Savio Club late on Monday, falling to the skills of twin brothers Luv and Khush Lahankar, who led their team to a 88-70 victory. While Khush top scored with 21 points, Luv complimented his effort with 16 points.
Railways, National champions of 2010, went into a slump with the exodus of some main players and still seem to be in the process of rebuilding their side. Except for old hands Gagandeep Singh and Prakash Mehra, the other players could not make much of an impact against TN, who led throughout the match.
M A Raghuram emerged the top scorer for TN with 20 points, while Amjyot Singh contributed 17. For Railways the bulk of the scoring was
done by Gagandeep (13) and Mishra (11).
In women’s action, title contenders Chattisgarh made their intentions clear with a commanding 94-44 victory over Andhra Pradesh. Poonam Chaturvedi was the outstanding player for the winners with 29 points, while the dependable Anju Lakra scored 15.
Men’s: Tamilnadu 76 (M A Raguram 20,T N Amjyot Singh 17) bt Indian Railways 47 (Gagandeep 13, Prakash Mishra 11). Quaterwise score: 25-17,20-10,22-09,09-11.
Women’s: Chhattisgarh 94 (Poonam Chaturved 29, Anju LAkra 15) bt Andhra Pradesh 44 (Anusha Anto 20, Neethu K.R.6). Quaterwise score:
30-15, 18-12, 25-11, 21-06.
Boys u-20: Savio 88 (Kush Lahankar 21, Luv Lahankar 16) bt Fr. Agnel 70 (Vivek P. 22). Quarterwise: 35-33, 42-39, 65-53, 88-70. Mastan 72 (Mohsin Shaikh 31, Salman Qureshi 14) bt Fr. Agnel 67 (Rohan Borkar 24, Vikas Powar 11).