Dindigul: BSNL, Chennai entered the semifinal round robin league of the 15th annual Cauvery Ammal memorial Trophy State-level basketball tournament defeating SAI, Salem 84-65 at Vadamadurai near Dindigul on Monday.
Others to enter the semifinal league were Southern Railway, Chennai, Port Trust, Tuticorin and Armed Police, Chennai.
The results (Quarterfinals): BSNL, Chennai 85 (Saravanan 26, Gnanavel 18) bt SAI, Salem 65 (Ramkumar 28, Saranraj 10); Southern Railway 77 (Charles 19, Arariah Prabakar 12) bt Tex City BC, Karur 53 (Raja 15, Silambarasan 15); Port Trust, Tuticorin 74 (Selvakumar 24, Murugaraj 23) bt Sethu BC, Madurai 55 (Prakash 17, Paranivelrajan 16); Armed Police, Chennai 75 (Robinson 27, Arunkumar 13) bt Young Star BC, Batlagundu 62 (Premkumar 30, Seenu 10).
Somasundaram in lead
Top seed S.K. Somasundaram (8.5 points) of Salem shared the lead with S. Kaushik of TCA, Chennai in the boys' section at the end of the tenth round in the 20th State under-11 chess championship for Dolphin Trophy at Madurai on Monday.
Important results (Tenth round): Boys: Akash 8 lost to S.K. Somasundaram 8.5; I. Pragadeesh 7 lost to S. Kaushik 8.5; Nishvin 7 lost to Osama Saleem 8; Sanjay Gopinath 6.5 lost to M. Siddarth 7.5; Neil Franklin 7.5 bt Vasantharuba Varman 6; Ganesh 6.5 drew with Bharath 6.5; Suresh 6 lost to Michael Catherina 7; Kumaresan 6 lost to Anuraj 7; Adityan 7 bt Loknath 6.
Girls: Monisha 7.5 bt Radhika 7.5; Balambiga 6 lost to Meenu Priya 8.5; Mahalakshmi 6 lost to Nandhitha 8; P. Sujitha 7.5 bt Niranjani 6; Bavithra Mithula 6 lost to Sushmitha 7; Srija Seshadhiri 6.5 drew with Nivedita 6.5.
Easy for Blues FC
Blues FC, Velangudi thrashed Nehru Youth FC, Tirunelveli 5-0 in the annual champion club football tournament for the Universal Trophy at the Krishna Stadium, Velangudi near Karaikudi on Monday.
Murthy (28th minute, 34th), Periannan (31st), Vigneshwaran (41st) and Chinnadurai (65th) scored.
The other match between Dr. Ambedkar Football Club, Erode and NLC Sports Hostel, Neyveli did not come off as the latter did not turn up.
Indian Bank posts win
Indian Bank (Chennai) coasted to a comfortable 25-20, 25-16, 25-11 win over Southern Railway in its opening fixture in the Classic Polo all-India volleyball tournament for men and women at the Nanjappa HSS courts in Tirupur on Monday.
The results: Men: Indian Bank (Chennai) bt S. Rly (Chennai) 25-20, 25-16, 25-11. Women: Central Railway (Maharashtra) bt SAI Hostel (Thalassery) 28-26, 25-20, 25-16; Western Rly (Mumbai) bt Sports Division (Kannur) 25-13, 25-12, 25-6.