Defending champion BSNL Kerala defeated Tamil Nadu 76-44 and retained the title in the all-India BSNL basketball tournament in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, on Friday.

Vijobi Vakkachan, the captain of the State senior team this year, was Kerala‘s top-scorer with 24 points while Rahul (23) and Mahesh (22) offered support.

For Tamil Nadu, Sharavanan (14) was the highest scorer.

The results:

Final: Kerala BSNL 76 (Vijobi Vakkachan 24, Rahul 23, Mahesh 22) bt BSNL Tamil Nadu 44 (Sharavanan 14, Mohan Raj 13).

Semifinal: Kerala 70 (Vijobi Vakkachan 20, Manzur 15, Mahesh 10, Rahul 10) bt Chhattisgarh 49 (Nithesh Singh 15, Rajundra Singh 14). — Special Correspondent

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