Customs and Central Excise ‘A’ (Kochi) and KSEB (Thiruvananthapuram) won the men’s and women’s titles respectively in the inaugural State three-on-three basketball tournament at the Central Stadium on Thursday.
Customs and Central Excise ‘A’ defeated its ‘B’ side 21-18 in an exciting match. Led by Eudiric Pereira, who topscored with 12 points, Customs and Central Excise scored 21 points which is the maximum a team can score in match and edged out its rival which scored 18 points.
KSEB withstood a spirited challenge from Mount Carmel HSS and won the 10-minute encounter 14-10.
K.S.Poojamol played her heart out for Mount Carmel by scoring nine out of the 10 points scored by her team. Mount Carmel had upset Kerala Police in the semifinals.
Men: Final: Customs and Central Excise `A, Kochi 21 (Eudric Pereira 12) bt Customs and Central Excise ‘B’, Kochi 18. Semifinals: Customs and Central Excise ‘A’ 21 (Eudric Pereira 9) bt Mar Baselios ‘B’ 5; Customs and Central Excise ‘B’ 16 (K.R.Nikhil 8) bt Mar Baselios ‘B’ 13.
Women: Final: KSEB, Thiruvnanathapuramn14 (Stephy Nixon 6) bt Mount Carmel HSS, Kottayam 10 (K.S. Poojamol 9). Semifinals: KSEB, Thiruvananthapuram 13 (Stephy Nixon 8) bt Centralised Sports Hostel 11; Mount Carmel HSS, Kottayam 12 (K.S. Poojamol 7) bt Kerala Police 9. — Principal Correspondent