It was double delight for KSEB as it won both the men's and women's titles in the Mahindra NBA basketball challenge tournament at the Central stadium on Sunday.
KSEB men downed Kerala Police 59-42 in the final while KSEB women easily beat SAI, Thalassery 61-44 in the final.
The much-awaited clash between KSEB and Kerala Police turned out to be a mismatch as KSEB overwhelmed its rival. Policemen sparked briefly but failed to sustain the momentum as KSEB's experience took over.
The women's final was a tame affair with KSEB calling the shots from the start. S.S.Anjana was in fine nick and top-scored with 22 points. The impressive SAI, Kozhikode boys won the under-18 title.
The gangling lads of SAI had the obvious advantage in height which they utilised to hilt to beat back a strong challenge from St.Joseph's HS in the final. However, St.Joseph's HS won a double winning the boys under-13 and under-16 titles.
The results (finals):
Men: KSEB, Thiruvananthapuram 59 (Anoop Devasia 17, V.G.Ajith 11) bt Kerala Police 42
Under-18: SAI, Kozhikode 74 (Manuel 35, G.K.Arjun 14) bt St Joseph's HS, Thiruvananthapuram 65 (Arun Jose 30,Nikhil P. Asokan 10, Arun Kumar 10).
Under 16: St Joseph's, Thiruvananthapuram 59 (Albin Baby 19, Ashish Mathew 17, Praveen J.Lopez 10) bt Girideepam Bethanny, Kottayam 55 (George Saniyo 14, Dickson Jose 13, Raju Chacko 10)
Under-13: St Joseph's HS, Thiruvananthapuram 68 (A.S.Akhildev 26, G.Gokul 14, Amal Nair 14) bt Lourde Public School, Kottayam 32 (Jacob 25, Allen Francis 10).
Women: KSEB, Thiruvananthapuram 61 (S.S.Anjanna 22, Merlin Baby 11) bt SAI, Thallassery 44 (Soniya Joy 15, P.R.Surya 15).
Under-18: V.K.Krishna Menon College, Kannur 58 (P.S.Jeena 32) bt Sports Division, Kannur 30 (Sona Jaison 11).
Under-13: Chirst Vidyanikethan 42 (C.A.Hilma 16, J.Jiya 10, Rayan 10) bt Little Flower HS, Koratty 31 (Aleena Seby 12) .