Kapurthala send champs Jalandhar packing from Mahindra NBA Challenge


Ludhiana, September 2, 2012:Kapurthala caused a huge upset in the Mahindra NBA Challenge as they knocked out reigning senior womens champions Jalandhar in a pulsating semifinal clash at the Guru Nanak stadium here today.

Few had given Kapurthala a chance of stopping Jalandhar in their tracks, but they produced an inspiring team performance capped by fine individual efforts from Mandeep and Rajvinder, who scored 16 points apiece, to advance to next weeks final at the expense of the champions.

Meanwhile, Ludhiana Academy had double cause for celebration as they reached the finals in both the youth boys and junior boys divisions. And if the margin of victory in both cases is anything to go by, they will start both finals next weekend as the overwhelming favourite.

It was the youth boys of Ludhiana Academy who sparked off proceedings with a 69-9 demolition of Gymkhana Club while their junior boys followed suit in their semifinal encounter against Abohar which they won 76-38.

Pau Model School and Mansa delivered an enthralling sub junior girls semifinal clash which finished 17-14 in favour of the latter. In action from the youth girls division, Amritsar and APJ Jalandhar will meet in the final next week. Amritsar ran out 60-26 winners against Gurdaspur while in the other semifinal, Poojas 16 points propelled APJ Jalandhar to a 48-32 win over Gymkhana Club.

Next week marks the final weekend of MNC Ludhiana which is beingheld in collaboration with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and Punjab Basketball Association.


Youth boys semi-final:

Ludhiana Academy bt Gymkhana Club 69-9(Top Scorer: Dildar 26 pts)

Jr. boys semifinal:

Ludhiana Academy bt Abohar 76-38(Top Scorer: Khushmeet 22 pts)

Sr. women semifinal:

Kapurthala bt Jalandhar 56-45 (Top Scorer: Mandeep and Rajvinder 16 pts)

Youth boys semifinal:

Patiala Multipurpose School bt Nav Bharti 65-22 (Top Scorer: Navjot 16 pts)

Youth girls semi-final:

APJ Jalandhar bt Gymkhana Club 48-32 (Top Scorer: Pooja 16 pts)

Youth girls semifinal:

Amritsar bt Gurdaspur 60-26 (Top Scorer: Samriti 14 pts)

Sub-junior girls semifinal:

Mansa bt PAU Model School 17-14 (Top Scorer: Shaffy 7 pts)

Sunday, September 2, 2012