Youth National Basketball: Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab boys qualify for quarterfinals

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014,18:47 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kerala and Maharashtra joined Delhi, Punjab and Haryana boys in the knockout quarter-finals of the 31st Youth National Basketball Championship at the Sector 42 Sports Complex Indoor Hall in Chandigarh today. Kerala registered a 89-75 win over Maharashtra to advance to the quarterfinals.
Despite the loss, Maharashtra also have made it to the quarterfinals on the back of their earlier wins in the league stages in Group A. Riding on the scoring skills of Hari Krishnan, Kerala prevailed over fighting Maharashtra boys. Hari Krishnan sank 20 points to guide his team to victory. Kerala won the first quarter by 22-14, second by 20-17and fourth by 28-20. Maharashtra claimed the third quarter by 24-19 points. Mearaj was their leading scorer with 28 points.
Hosts Chandigarh lost their match to TamilNadu, who put up a consummate team display to register a huge 93-60 win. With this defeat Chandigarh are on the brink of elimination from this year’s championship, with Tamil Nadu all but advancing to the quarterfinal stages. Among the girls teams, Maharashtra beat Uttar Pradesh 51-39 to assure themselves of a place in the quarterfinals.
Spearheaded by Neha who scored 16 points, Maharashtra outplayed Uttar Pradesh. Having established a commanding 42-19 lead at the end of second quarter, Maharashtra started playing in a relaxed mood. Still they won the third quarter by 9-5. In the fourth quarter, they virtually allowed their opponents to win by 15-0. As Maharashtra girls were leading by 51-24 at the end of third quarter, they could have afforded it.
Shreyasi Vats was the main scorer for Uttar Pradesh as she contributed 23 points. Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Chhattisgarh girls have also reserved their seats in the quarter-final stage. Only two spots are left for the girls’ quarterfinalists. Madhya Pradesh will square off against Delhi and Andhra Pradesh they will face Punjab in the pre-quarters to decide the final two quarterfinal berths.