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Punjab Police back to winning ways

Avinash Nair
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COMBINED EFFORT:Punjab Police's Palpreeth Singh (background) and Harminder Singh go for a basket against Captain's Club, Delhi in the Federation Cup on Thursday.— Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar
COMBINED EFFORT:Punjab Police's Palpreeth Singh (background) and Harminder Singh go for a basket against Captain's Club, Delhi in the Federation Cup on Thursday.— Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar

Punjab Police returned to winning ways with an emphatic 74-53 victory over Captain’s Club, Delhi in a Group A men’s clash in the 27th Federation Cup basketball championship here on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Indian Air Force, tormentors of Punjab Police last night, swept host Vijaya Bank off its feet with an 85-76 margin even as fancied ONGC (Uttarakhand) made light of the challenge from Jind District, Haryana in another Group B encounter, winning 96-59.

Slow off the blocks

Reigning champion Punjab Police was slow off the blocks. Also, Vinay Kaushik and Devesh Nair were unstoppable in the first two quarters.

However, once International Palpreeth Singh Brar, the lanky guard, got into his rhythm and with Ranbir and Amrithpal Singh (Sr) chipping in with three-pointers, the champion side chugged away to a comfortable win.

ONGC, with the fleet-footed Bruguvanshi, Trideep Rai and Mohit Bhandari moving well in tandem and effecting some telling steals early on, raced away to a commanding lead. Though Shabeer looked a shadow of his early days, he and Riyazuddin helped ONGC maintain the momentum to emerge easy victor. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu girls humbled Chhattisgarh for their second win in Group B.

The results: Men: Central Excise & Customs, Kochi 88 (Manoj 33, Pereira 19, Nikhil 13) bt Captain’s Club, Delhi 63 (Praveen 28, Devesh Nair 12); IOB, Chennai 80 (Rikhin 21, Harish 15, Raghuram 13) bt South Central Railway 45 (Sujith 17); ONGC 96 (Riyazuddin 18, Mohit Bhandari 14, Vishesh Bruguvanshi 14, Yadwinder Singh 11) bt Jind District (Haryana) 59 (Deepak Rathi 16, Sukhbir Singh 15); Punjab Police 74 (Amrithpal Singh 23, Ranbir Singh 17, Palpreeth Singh 15) bt Captain’s Club, Delhi 53 (Vinay Kaushik 16, Praveen 15, Sachin Sharma 10); IAF 85 (Marender Grewal 31, Joginder Singh 24, Praveen Kumar 11) bt Vijaya Bank, Bangalore 76 (Arvind 29, Srinivas Naik 115, Basavaraj 12).

Women: South Eastern Central Railway 79 (Pushpa 30, Seema Singh16, Akansha Singh 15) bt Kerala 68 (Surya 25, Jina 16, Stephy Nixon 14); Tamil Nadu 64 (P. Anitha 27, M. Apoorva 18, M. Adhrai 10) bt Chhattisgarh 57 (Poonam Chaturvedi 22, Saranjeet Kaur 16, Sangeeta Kaur 14); Maharashtra 89 (Manisha Dange 23, Renu Mourya 20) bt Andhra Pradesh 41 (Satya Shravanthi 12, Surya Kumari 12, R. Purnima 10). Wednesday's result: IAF 62 (Sethu 20, Joginder Singh 15, Narender Garewal 14) bt Punjab Police 53 (Amruthpal Singh 24, Ranbir Singh 13).

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