Kannur | Tamilnadu (TN) entered the finals in both section, while hosts Kerala stormed into the finals in women and Uttarakhand (UK) secured final berth in men section in National Games Basketball at Kannur . Karnataka men and women team lost in the semi finals,today,while TN men team reach finals without losing a match . In women’s section TN beat Maharashtra (64-58) and Kerala beat Karnataka (69-50).
In men’s section TN beat Karnataka (80-67) and UK beat Services ( 71-57) Kerala had beaten TN in women in the pool matches here by 55-47, while TN also beaten UK in a pool match in men by 66-60. The final match between UK and TN will be a repeat of the Senior national basketball finals ,two months back, at Rajasthan in which UK won. Last time Kerala reach semi finals in National Games was in 1987, which was held at Kerala and won a bronze medal in women section.
In the women semi finals, Tamilnadu beat Maharashtra by 64-58 . (Priyadarshini Raja (24), Sunitha S (18) scored for TN, while captain Manisha Dange (27) and Sruthi (11) for Maharashtra.) In the second semi finals, Kerala beat Karnataka by 69-50( Jeena PS (30),captain Neenumol P S (14) Poojamol K S (13)scored to Kerala , while Navaneeta (19) and captain Savitha (13)Roshini (11) netted points for Karnataka) In the first semi finals in men section, Tamilndau beat Karnataka by 80-67 (Jeevanatham (15) Siva Balan (13), Aravindh (12) Prasanna Venka and Amjot Singh (11) each scored for Tamilnadu, while Anilkumar (24) Aravind A (16) and Rajesh Uppa (12) collected points for Karnataka.
In the second semi finals, Uttarakhand beat Services by 71-57 (Narendra Kumar Grewal (16),Joginder Singh (13) and Rathee P (12) scored for UK while Riyazudhin (20),captain Trideep Rai and Amrit Pal singh scored 14 each. In the losers final Maharashtra will meet Karnataka in women’s and Karnataka will face Servcies (SSCB), at 1400 hrs and 1530 hrs respectively.
The mens finals between Tamilnadu and Kerala match will be played at 1700 hrs and Tamilnadu will meet Uttarakhand at 1830 hrs, tomorrow.