Basketball and India

46th Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship: Mizoram boys and Tamil Nadu girls crowned champions

Mizoram Sub-Junior championship squad
(Basketball Federation of India/Facebook)

Over this past week (September 3-9), the 46th Sub Junior National Basketball Championship was held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha.

At a tournament that had 24 boys teams and 25 girls teams, the Mizoram boys and Tamil Nadu girls were crowned champions.

Boys division

The Mizoram boys were put together with Delhi, Goa, and Tripura in Group E.

With the Tripura squad not reporting, the squad from the North-East won their remaining two group games by an average of 64 points. They beat Goa 89-1 and then cruised past Delhi 58-18 in their group games.

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They went unbeaten through the tournament and upset various other top state teams en route to the championship.

They beat Maharashtra 91-63 in the semifinals and then stunned the Punjab squad 51-46 in the final.

Girls division

The Tamil Nadu girls were slotted into Group B along with Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Delhi.

Here's a look at their group stage results:

Team 1 Score Team 2
Tamil Nadu 65-15 Rajasthan
Tamil Nadu 50-31 Uttar Pradesh
Tamil Nadu 84-45 Delhi
Tamil Nadu 74-20 Chhattisgarh

As the top team from Group B, the girls from Tamil Nadu faced-off against Punjab in the quarterfinals. They cruised past that matchup with a convincing 49-point (76-27) win.

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In the semifinals, they won a nail-biter (81-78) against Karnataka.

In the championship game, a rematch of last year, they got crowned the champions with an 85-67 win over the defending champions Maharashtra.

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