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Basketball and India

70th Junior National Basketball Championship: Punjab (Men) and Kerala (Women) are crowned Champions

The championship squad from Punjab
The championship squad from Punjab (Basketball Federation of India/Facebook)

The 70th edition of the Junior National Basketball Championship, held at the Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna, Bihar, concluded yesterday on the 24th of October.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Ministry of Law and Justice and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, graced the occasion with his presence to hand over the trophies to the winners and runners-up.

Men's division

The squad from Punjab hoisted the trophy in the men's division in Patna after defeating Rajasthan 105-73.

The roster consisted of some NBA Academy student athletes like Princepal Singh, Arvinder Singh, and Amaan Sandhu.

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Punjab were placed in Group B along with Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Chandigarh. They went 3-1 through their four group-stage games, only losing to Rajasthan 61-91.

Team 1 Score Team 2
Punjab 85-63 Chandigarh
Punjab 88-59 Tamil Nadu
Punjab 59-41 Karnataka

In the quarterfinals, they breezed past the squad from Maharashtra 91-49. Then, they beat the reigning champions Kerala in the semifinals 89-72 before defeating Rajasthan in the Finals.

Women's division

The squad from Kerala hoisted the women's champions trophy in Patna, after defeating Chhattisgarh 70-50 in the Finals. The roster includes few girls, who have participated in previous NBA Academy India Women's camp like Ann Mary Zachariah and Sreekala Rani.

Kerala was placed in Group B along with Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi. They went 3-1 in the group stage, only losing 71-95 to Punjab.

Team 1 Score Team 2
Kerala 46-27 Madhya Pradesh
Kerala 78-33 Delhi
Kerala 57-21 Uttar Pradesh

In the quarterfinals, they cruised past the team from Gujarat 66-36. Then, in the semifinals, they defeated the reigning champions - Tamil Nadu - 92-54 before going on to defeat Chhattisgarh in the Finals.

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