TN crushes Maharashtra

Eastern Railway shocks holder Kerala

Tamil Nadu women crushed Maharashtra 97-60 after leading 50-25 at half time in the semifinals of the 33rd Federation Cup basketball tournament on Saturday.

Except for the third quarter in which it showed some resistance, Maharashtra was no match for the all-round efficiency of Tamil Nadu.

In the other semifinal, Eastern Railway beat holder Kerala 98-81, after leading 52-34 at the break.

Jeena missed

Kerala missed the services of P.S. Jeena, who is in Australia. It was an all-round performance by Eastern Railway with every player scoring a bunch of points.

In men’s section, Income Tax, Chennai, was overwhelmed 99-51 by Indian Army in a last-four clash.

In the final, Army will face favourite Punjab Police, which beat Guru Gobind College, Chandigarh 101-65.

The results (semifinals):

Men: Indian Army 99 (Suresh Kumar Bijarnia 20, Sunil 19, Siva Sakthivel 10, Tanmay Mali 10) bt Income Tax, Chennai 51 (Rikhin Pethania 18).

Punjab Police 101 (Ranveer Singh 22, Amritpal Singh 20, Harshpreet Singh Bhullar 15, Ranvir Singh 15) bt Guru Gobind College, Chandigarh 65 (Jatin Shokanda 22, Himanshu Jagra 14).

Women: Tamil Nadu 97 (Dharshini 19, Sathya 16, Sreevidhya 14) bt Maharashtra 60 (Sruthi Aravind 21).

Eastern Railway 98 (M.J. Libina 28, Poonam Chaturvedi 26, Sitamani Tudu 21, Madhu Kumari 15) bt Kerala 81 (Stephy Nixon 23, P.S. Neenu Mol 18, P.G. Anjanna 13, R. Sreekala 13).

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