The basketball scene in the city was given a fillip when the Professional Basketball Ace (PBA) club organised the PBA inter-school and inter-collegiate flood-lit tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium between July 22 and 25. A closely fought final went Sathyabama University's way, when it got the better of Jeppiar College by a solitary point (67-66). At one stage, Sathyabama was trailing 21-36, but thanks to the efforts of Prasanna who scored 31 points in the game, the outfit was able to effect a turn around.
Adding further glitz to the event was film star Arun Vijay, who was the chief guest for the valedictory function. He praised the efforts of the former stalwarts – PBA is manned by former India captains – in promoting basketball in educational institutes. Mathew Sathya Babu, who captained the Indian team at the Bangkok Asian Games, was also felicitated.