Basketball and India

71st Junior National Basketball Championship: Rajasthan win Men's category while Punjab clinch Women's division

On Sunday, Jan. 10, the 71st Junior National Championships concluded with a new champion in both the men's and women's categories.

The seven-day tournament was held at the 'Basketball Complex' near Janjeerwala Chouraha, Race Course Road in Indore, conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Basketball Association under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India.

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Here's a look at the journey of the winners in each category including their results from each game.

Men's division

In the Men's category, Rajasthan earned redemption. After finishing as runners-up in last year's edition in 2019, they defeated Chandigarh to be crowned Champions.

En route to reaching the Finals, they went undefeated through the group stage - winning their three matches by an average margin of 17 points.

Group B results for Rajasthan
Team A Score Team B
Rajasthan 90-82 Karnataka
Rajasthan 96-72 Chattisgarh
Rajasthan 86-67 Uttar Pradesh

In the quarterfinals, they eliminated the reigning champions - Punjab - by defeating them 74-49 before reaching the Finals by defeating Karnataka 73-69 in a hard-fought semifinal.

Three NBA Academy India alumni were part of the championship-winning squad from Rajasthan - Lokendra Singh, Jaideep Rathore and Digvijay Singh.

Women's division

In the Women's division, Punjab were crowned champions by defeating Rajasthan in the finals.

En route to reaching the knockout stage, Punjab finished 2-1 in their Group A fixtures including a 36-point victory over the reigning champions Kerala.

Group A results for Punjab
Team A Score Team B
Punjab 80-44 Kerala
Punjab 78-49 Uttar Pradesh
Punjab 56-53 Madhya Pradesh

In the elimination rounds, they defeated Maharashtra 90-69 in the quarterfinal before making a statement by eliminating the reigning champions in Kerala 80-59 in the semifinal.

Part of the Punjab squad is Yashneet Kaur, an alumni of the 2021 NBA Academy's Women's Virtual Program and sister of Harsimran Kaur, the only female camper ever to train at the NBA Global Academy

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