CHENNAI: Sathyabama University and Jeppiaar College emerged the men’s and women’s champions respectively in the all-India Jeppiaar inter-collegiate basketball tournament which concluded here on Thursday.
Sathyabama beat Jeppiaar College 55-46 to win the MGR Trophy for men and earned a cash prize of Rs. 25,000. The winner, which was ahead 31-23 at half-time, maintained a good lead almost throughout the contest.
Ramkumar played a stellar role for Sathyabama with 17 points.
In the women’s summit clash, Jeppiaar recorded a 44-33 victory over MOP Vaishnav to clinch the Janaki Ammal Trophy. The winner enjoyed a 30-10 advantage at half-time.
Jeppiaar pulled ahead right in the first quarter with a lead of 19-3. The MOP girls fought valiantly in the third quarter to make a match of it, thanks to Aishwarya’s good work. The winner took home a cash prize of Rs. 25,000.
Actor Arya gave away the prizes.
The results: Women: Final: Jeppiaar 44 (Amudha 18) bt MOP Vaishnav 33 (Aishwarya 12); 3-4 places: SRM 51 (Apoorva 14) bt St. Joseph’s 42 (Anitha 18); Semifinals: MOP 59 (Aishwarya 27) bt SRM 54 (Apoorva 22); Jeppiaar 44 (Amudha 16, Dhanalakshmi 9) bt St. Joseph’s 12.
Men: Final: Sathyabama University 55 (Ramkumar 17) bt Jeppiaar 46 (Pawan 14); 3-4 places: St. Joseph’s 69 (Aby Sony 20) bt SRM 52 (Praveen Kumar 16); Semifinals: Jeppiaar 66 (Bharani 23, Akilan 19) bt St. Joseph’s 51 (Aby Sony 15); Sathyabama 55 (Shinumon 12, Aditya 12) bt SRM 33 (Nataraj 10). — Special Correspondent