Fine shooting by Abhi Kumar, who top-scored with 23 points, helped Punjab beat defending champion Rajasthan 59-44 in the boys' quarterfinals of the 38th National sub-junior basketball championship here on Wednesday.

The results (quarterfinals): Boys: Punjab 59 (Abhi Kumar 23, Praveen 10, Jaskaran 10) bt Rajasthan 44 (Satyam 11, Mohit 10); Andhra Pradesh 78 (M. Siva Durga 27, M.A. Salman 10) bt Uttar Pradesh 62 (Deeraj 23, Amit 20); Maharashtra 69 (Shaikh Zaidi 16, Aditya 14) bt West Bengal 14.

Girls: Kerala 37 (Aleena Seby 12) bt Tamil Nadu 19 (S. Sindhuja 13); Maharashtra 47 (Veera 11, Ratuja 10, Vishakha 10) bt Madhya Pradesh 35 (Sakshi 27); Chhattisgarh 52 (Rashmi Wankhede 16) bt Uttar Pradesh 14 .

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