CHENNAI: The former champion Indian Bank entered the semifinals with a 93-70 win over Southern Railway in the IOB-TNBA golden jubilee State basketball championship at the J. Jayalalithaa Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.
Arguably, IB's S. Aravindh was the star of the match. The ball handler not only displayed wonderful skill in distributing the ball, but also adequate shooting prowess, scoring 13 points. With forwards Anbu Kumar and Moses Jeevanath giving good support to pivot Phuvaneshwaran, Indian Bank, by the third quarter ran up an unbeatable 15-point lead.
If at all, the Railway team put up a modicum of fight, it was in the first two quarters. Thanks to pivots Leonard Charles (18 points) and Bernard Philips (15) and good support from ball handler and debutant Navaneethan, Southern Railway ran the bank team close; just two points separating the two teams. However, by the end of the penultimate quarter, it was clear as to which would emerge triumphant.
Men (quarterfinals): IOB, Chennai 69 (Shivashankar 15, Mihar Pande 10, Sukhaneswaran 16) bt TNEB, Chennai 52 (Vincent Sagayaraj 10, Ravichandran 11); IB 93 (Anbu Kumar 17, M. Phuvaneshwaran 16, Moses Jeevanath 14, S. Aravindh 13, L. Javed Khan 12) bt Southern Railway 70; BSNL (Chennai Telephones) 92 (Raja 18, Mohan Raj 10, Shivarajan 11) bt Writers BC 81 (Janakiram Reddy 16, Cyrus 17).
Women (pre-quarterfinals): Pudukottai BC 45 (Nivetha Saru 10, Vennila 13) bt T. Nagar BC 21; Annamalai BC 64 (Anitha 12, Subamangalam 10) bt MJDMC 16; Perambur 25 bt Venus 4; Saradha Vidyalaya 38 (Valli 23) bt Tigress BC 9; Madras Nationals 60 (Sunitha 17, Panela Mary 13) bt Anne Marie 12; SAI (Slm) 37 bt Sweet Angels 17; Nirmala College (Cbe) 55 (Sudha 14, A. Sheela 10) bt Karur BC 44 (Abirami 12, Jamuna Devi 14); Voydooth BC 69 (Sivaranjini 14, Prabha 13) bt NRD Sports BC 32 (Karthika 11).