Keeping their cool under pressure, Kozhikode’s Providence College girls defeated Kollam’s Centralised Sports Hostel 63-56 and entered their maiden final in the Gelixer Champions Trophy State inter-club basketball championship at the Holiday Club here on Saturday.

Providence, which had upset Kerala Police a couple of days ago, had a 37-29 lead in the third quarter but early in the last quarter, CSH had struck level at 41.

Playmaker M.D. Lisha played a lead role with her fine feeds and smart outside shooting after this as Providence, the faster side, regained the lead and won comfortably. Jeshna James and Benet supported Providence well with some shrewd baskets at the finish.

“We’ve been doing very well in the last few months and this is our first final,” said Providence coach Siji Jose. “This is virtually the Calicut University team.”

Defending champion Central Excise and Customs entered the men’s final with a comfortable 62-41 victory over Thiruvananthapuram’s Mar Baselious Engineering College.

The finals will be played on Sunday evening.

The results:

Semifinals: Men: Central Excise & Customs, Kochi 62 (Eudric Perera 12, Basil Philip 11, Monish Wilson 10) bt Mar Baselios EC, Tvm 41 (Amit Sebastian 14). Women: Providence College, Kozhikode 63 (Osheen Naveendran 19, M.D. Lisha 13) bt Centralised Sports Hostel, Kollam 56 (Premi P. Lal 19, P.G. Anjana 18, Arathy Vimal 10).

On Friday: Quarterfinals: Men: Mar Baselios College, Tvm 85 (Amit Sebastian 26, Arjun 17, Arun Kumar 13) bt Mar Ivanios College, Tvm 78 (Anjith 22, M. Nicewin 17, Vineeth Mohan 17). Women: KSEB, Tvm 46 (Stephy Nixon 10, RosmyThomas 10) bt SAI, Thalassery 23 (Angelina Joy 10).

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