BANGALORE: Indian Campers, sharpened by strategic play and execution of drills practised during training, prevailed 57-55 against a dogged Karnataka State team in an exhibition basketball match at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here this evening.
The India basketball team in training at the SAI South Centre here since mid-January for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games had its first outing beyond the SAI campus and understandably looked ragged and rusty.
But the men were clearly under instructions to work out the moves practised at the camp. Robinson, Murali Krishna and Subash Shenoy clearly played tentatively and Talwinderjeet Singh was for once overshadowed by former India captain B.S. Goutham in a one-to-one situation of ball handling and play making.
Karnataka did have its moments. With Sanjay Raj, a camper, turning up for the State team and Srinivasa Gowda proving effective under the boards, it was the State team that led till half-time at 32-27.
A pep talk by coach Zoran Lukic saw a charged up India, with a few quicksilver fast breaks and percentage conversions from Shiv Kumar and Tridip cruising along in the third and fourth quarters, although there was a late fightback from the State cagers.
Two more exhibition matches are slated for the Indian team on February 14 and 15.
The results: Indian Campers 57 (Talwinderjeet 15, Shiv Kumar 12, Yadwinder 10) bt Karnataka State 55 (Murli Mohan 16, B.S. Goutham 15, Srinivasa Naik 12, Srinivasa Gowda 8).
Ponnappa, Aiyappa shine
Shyam Ponnappa's 214 and K.M. Aiyappa's 117 set up Vijaya Bank's 137-run victory over Mysore Gymkhana in a YSR Memorial cricket tournament match here recently. Vijaya Bank posted 432 for four in 50 overs and restricted Mysore Gymkhana to 295 for eight in 50 overs.
The scores: Vijaya Bank 432 for four in 50 overs (Shyam Ponnappa 214, KM Aiyappa 117) bt Mysore Gymkhana 295 for eight in 50 overs (Syam Sundar 66, Nitin Vinayak 50).
Dooravani Cricketers 207 in 47.3 overs (Amith 58) lost to Canara Bank 209 for two in 36.3 overs (Deepak Chougule 102 n.o., G. Balaji 56).
Indiranagar Cricketers 350 for five in 50 overs (Amreesh Singh 154, Karan Rao 113 n.o.) bt Coles CC 189 in 34.4 overs (Balaji 64).
DTDC SC 452 for five in 50 overs (Girish Rao 200, Asgar Pasha 57, Hussain 45, Vinay Kumar 45, David Johnson 44) bt Shanthinagar Cricketers 207 in 34.5 overs.
Whirlwind Cricketers 366 for nine in 50 overs (Keshav Chitta 149, Bharath 88, Roshan Shah 54) bt Vikram CC 164 in 36.3 overs (Sanjeet 43, Sunil Raju four for 29).
Herons CC 243 for eight in 50 overs (Nidhuvan 79, Md. Arif 45) lost to Bangalore Occassionals 245 for three in 43.4 overs (A.V. Sandeep 103 n.o., Raghavendra 52).
Jupiter CA 157 in 42.5 overs (Karthik five for 33) lost to Friends UCC 160 for six in 33.1 overs.
SAI defeats CIL
Sports Authority of India (SAI) defeated Controllerate of Inspection Electronics (CIL) 3-1 in the George Hoover Cup super-division league here on Saturday. Arogyaraj opened SAI's account in the 54th minute and later Naveen Babu and Prakash also scored for SAI, while Thomas reduced the margin in the 67th minute.
In the A division league, BEML defeated Oriental 3-2. Arun, Vinod and Suresh scored for the victors, while Jerry struck a brace for Oriental.
Easy for Vijaya Cricketers
Vijaya Cricketers scored a 68-run win over Kuvempunagar CC in the KSCA-Mysore zone second division league match played in Mysore on Saturday.
The scores: Second division: Vijaya Cricketers 258 in 49.1 overs (Yogesh 70, Srinidhi 56, Santhosh 40) bt Kuvempunagar 190 in 39.5 overs (Jeevan 84, Srinidhi four for 48).
Vidyaranya 137 in 29.4 overs (Manoj 55) lost to MCC 182 for four in 20.5 overs (inclusive of 40 penalty runs for four overs short) (Naveen 65).
Jaihind `B' 124 in 31.5 overs (Kiran Kumar four for 19) lost to Agraharam 165 for four in 23.4 overs (inclusive of 40 penalty runs for four overs short) (M.R. Suresh 43).