KANNUR: Defending champion Pathanamthitta boys entered the semifinals of the Kerala State youth basketball championships at the Marygiri Senior Secondary School courts here on Monday.

Pathanamthitta defeated host Kannur 67-50 in the quarterfinals after leading 37-28 at half-time. Arun K. Thomas (27 points) top-scored for the winner, while Sudeesh Surendran (14) played his heart out for Kannur.

Thrissur and Ernakulam also made it to the last four in the boys’ section. Thrissur defeated Palakkad 34-12, while Ernakulam crushed Malappuram 50-15 in the quarterfinals.

In the girls’ category, Thrissur, Kollam and Kannur moved into the semifinals. Thrissur registered an easy 34-19 win over Alappuzha, while Kannur was too strong for Pathanamthitta, winning 34-12.

Kollam made the grade with a 39-20 verdict over Kasaragod.

The results (quarterfinals):

Boys: Thrissur 34 (Amit Sebastian 12) bt Palakkad 12; Ernakulam 50 (Nithin George 13, M. Dixon 13, Samson James 12) bt Malappuram 15 (V.S. Jinu 11); Pathanamthitta 67 (Arun K. Thomas 27, Richard Baby 13, Nithin Paul Stephan 10) bt Kannur 50 (Sudeesh Surendran 14, Ajith Manu 10).

Girls: Thrissur 34 (R. Geetha 12, Theresa Thomas 10, Rose Mary 10) bt Alappuzha 19; Kannur 34 (P.S. Neenumol 12) bt Pathanamthitta 12; Kollam 39 (R.K. Smruthy 17, Stephy Nixon 12) bt Kasaragod 20. — Principal Correspondent

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