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Chhattisgarh downs Maharashtra

Special Correspondent

ANANTAPUR: Defending champions Uttar Pradesh boys and Chhattisgarh girls recorded contrasting victories in the second round of the junior National basketball championships at the District Sports Authority courts here on Wednesday.

U.P. was stretched by Punjab 63-59, while Chhattisgarh posted a facile 79-54 win over Maharashtra.

Till half-time, however, Maharashtra wasn't too far behind against the favourites. Its opportunistic forward-line made frequent inroads into the rival's restricted area. Where Chhattisgarh showed its class was in the swift counter-attacks.

However, the holder's scoring percentage register a steeped climb from the third quarter onwards against a tiring Maharashtra defence.

The results: Boys: Group A: U.P. 63 (Shadab Khan 16, Visesh 16, Arjun Singh 11) bt Punjab 59 (Lakhbir 15, Syed S.A. 10, Harminder 14); U.P. 85 (Visesh 32, Geetam 18, Arjun 18) bt Rajasthan 72 (Hirendra 19, Geo Verghese 18, Govind 11, Lokesh 10). Group B: Delhi 88 (Amit G. 14, Sunil 24, Vinay 11, Shiv 25) bt T.N. 67 (Akilan 17, Guru Prasad 15); Chhattisgarh 70 (Kiranpal 18, Santosh 17, Pratham 10) bt Haryana 34 (Jatin 10). Group C: Karnataka 38 bt J & K 7.

Group E: Gujarat 62 (Rikin 29, Nishat 17) bt Jharkhand 44 (Md. Arif 18); Bengal 47 (Nagendra 12, Rajeev 11) bt Puducherry 3. Group F: A.P. 89 (Murali 36, Naveen 20, Varun 10) bt Uttaranchal 31; Maharashtra 64 (F. Sheik 13, Sameer 10) bt Tripura 9; Maharashtra 90 (Kaustabh 29, Sidhant 22, F. Sheik 13, Sameer 11) bt A.P. 69 (Naveen 21, Varun13). Girls: Group A: Chhattisgarh 79 (A. Nikita 12, Shoshan Tirkey 16, M. Pushpa 17) bt Maharashtra 54 (S. Tanvi 13, P. Tanvi 14, Malina 12); Punjab 66 (Harneet Kaur 27, Sukhjinder Kaur 10) bt Chandigarh 7. Group B: Kerala 66 (Lijimol 13, Anu K.S. 15, Srija P. 10) bt T.N. 56 (P. Aishwarya 10, V. Amutha 15); Delhi 56 (Pratima 26, Raspreet 13, Sonika 9) bt M.P. 38 (Farhana 10). Group C: Jharkhand 35 bt J & K 10; Karnataka 49 (Kruthika 10) bt J & K 11. Group D: U.P. 33 (Ranjana 11) bt H.P. 10; Puducherry 39 (Kayal 18) bt H.P. 24. Group E: A.P. 68 (Anjana 21, Kanvaljit 13, Radhika 12) bt Rajasthan 41 (Shanina 10).

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