KOTTAYAM: Defending champion Thiruvananthapuram women’s team moved a step closer to the semifinals after it defeated Ernakulam 65-41 in a Group ‘A’ match of the State Senior basketball championships at the Nehru stadium here on Wednesday.

In the men’s section, Kannur defeated Palakkad 93-81 in extra-time to qualify for the quarterfinals from Group ‘D’. Pathanamthitta defeated Kozhikode 59-41 to make the grade from Group ‘B’.

The results: Men: Group A: Pathanamthitta 59 (Aji Suganan 15, Anoop Devasia 13) bt Kozhikode 41 (Al Mohammed 13).

Group C: Kottayam 29 (Nirmal K. Mathew 10) bt Kollam 13. Group D: Kannur 93 (Ashin Xavier 32, Siju Joseph 23, Sooryaraj 15) bt Palakkad 81 (John P. Vincent 23, Sreejith 17); Palakkad 37 (John P. Vincent 10) bt Wayanad 21; Kannur 30 (Shan 12) bt Wayanad 11.

Women: Group A: Thiruvananthapuram 65 (Sonia Joseph 29, Litty Mathew 14, Seena Joseph 12) bt Ernakulam 41 (Linta 12, Anu Joseph 11). Group B: Thrissur 56 (Sini Jacob 10) bt Alappuzha 23 (Atma Rose Mary Michael 10). Group C: Kollam 68 (Veena Ravi Mathew 20, P. Smija 13) bt Pathanamthitta 33 (Lizy Mathew 13); Pathanamthitta 36 (Lizy Mathew 20) bt Malappuram 18. — Principal Correspondent

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