18th Champions Trophy : Customs Men and KSEB women cliches title
Aluva,Feb 24-KSEB beats Kerala Police 41-39 in the Women’s final while Customs and Central Excise, Kochi defeated Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur 80-64 in Men’s finals to lift the 18th Champions Trophy Inter Club Basketball Championship for Men and Women, here at Carmel Club Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
In an evenly poised final, a new-look KSEB who were without their international players Jeena PS , Stephy Nixon and Grima came on to beat Kerala Police 41-39 after trailing 24-28 in the interval with Anjanna PG anchoring the scoring with 16 points . Poojamol was the leading scorer for Kerala Police with 12 points.
In Men’s Final, seasoned players of Customs used their experience and professionalism to beat the talented young bunch of players from Sree Kerala Varma College by a margin of 80-64 .
Customs who played a collective game in the finals led 36-29 at the interval. Shinumon Augustine led the scoring chart with 32 points who linked up well with Manoj R- who contributed 23 points. The speedy international Basil Philip scored 17 points while lanky Eudric Perera controlled the rebounds, and captain Abhilsh assisted his team with vital passes and interceptions. Monish Wilson made his presence felt whenever he was subbed.
The Presence of Arjuna Awadee Geethu Anna Rahul was an added attraction during the finals at the packed Aluva Carmel stadium
The prizes and mementoes were distributed by Geethu Anna Rahul for women and GCDA chairman V Salim presented honors for Men’s section.
KSEB Thiruvanthapuram- 41(Anjana PG 16,Rojamol G 10,Nimmy Mathew 8) bt Kerala Police 39(Poojamol KS 12,Neenumol 9,Surya PR 8)
Customs and Central Excise, Kochi 80(Shinumon Augustine 32,Manoj R 23,Basil Philip17) bt Sree Kerala Varma College Thrisuur-64 (Muhammed Shiras 21,Grigo 16, Shanazil Muhammed 8)