33rd Federation Cup : Punjab Police and Eastern Railway emerge as champions
Noida 16th June 2019 : Punjab Police and Eastern Railway emerged triumphant in the men's and women's sections respectively at the 33rd Federation Cup Basketball Championship held at Gautham Budda University in Noida .
The Punjab Police men with Amjoth and Amrithpal- two experienced players in their side beat Indian Army 91-71 in a well contested final with Arshpreet Singh leading the way for the Police team with 24 points, followed by Amjoth Singh with 20 points.Sunil was the leading scorer for Indian Army with 18 points .
In the women's final, Eastern Railway out played Tamil Nadu and won by a margin of 86-67 to emerge as the new champions in women’s category.After leading by 29-15 in the first quarter, Eastern Railway slowly lost control over the match and Tamil Nadu closed down the gap by the end of 1st half by making the score 46-42 .The 3rd quarter saw Eastern Railway back in the driving seat as they kept scoring regularly. For Eastern Railway, the tall post players Libina came up with 28 points followed by 6 ftr Poonam Chathurvedi contributing 26 points , Madhu Kumari 13 pts and Sitthamani Tudu with 12 points. Dharshin again was the pivotal player for Tamil Nadu as she registered 19 points 4 rebounds and 7 assists in the final match.
Kerala Women and Income Tax Chennai Secure Third Place
Kerala beat Maharashtra 91-70
For the third and fourth position, Kerala Women faced Maharashtra Women on Sunday morning. The Kerala team got off to a strong start with 24-18 lead at the end of the first quarter and completed the 1st Half with a 52-28 lead . Kerala’s International Anjana P.G top scored with 26 points and 12 rebounds , well supported by captain Poojamol KS who scored 16 points and Stephy Nixon scoring 15 points . Shruthi Aravind was the lone warrior for Maharashtra with 41 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Income Tax Chennai beat Guru Gobind College Chandigarh 96-70
The 3rd and 4th place match in men’s category was between Income Tax Chennai and Shri Guru Gobind College, Chandigarh . The Income Tax had an comfortable lead of 62—41 by the end of first half itself . Sivan Balan top scored for Income Tax with 34 points while another center player Jeevanathan came up with 17 points and 10 rebounds For Shri Guru Gobind College, international player Ravi Bhardwaj did the bulk of the scoring with 33 points.
Prize & Souvenir Distribution ceremony
Honourable Minister for Youth affairs and Sports and Minster of States for Minority Affairs Kiran Rijiju was the chief guest for the valedictory function and distributed the prizes and cash awards to the players.
The top three teams received trophies and medals.
Individual players were also awarded in the following two categories:
Most Valuable Player:
• Libina M J Eastern Railway in Women ,
• Harshpreeth Singh Buller from Punjab Police in Women
Eastern Railway 86 (Libina M J28,Poonam Chathurvedi26,Sitamani Tudu 13, Madhu Kumari 12) bt Tamil Nadu-67(T Dharshini 19,M Nishanthi 13, Iswarya 11) (29-15,17-227,21-13,19-12)
Punjab Police -91 (Harshpreet Singh Buller 24 Amjoth Singh20, Ranbir Singh 18,Amritpal Singh10 ) bt Indian Army -71(Sunil 18 ,Gopal Ram16, Suresh Kr Bijarnia 10) (24-18,23-11,22-21,22-21)
The detailed results of the 3rd and 4th place:
Kerala-91 (P G Anjanna26 K S Poojamol16,Stephy Nixon15,K G Rojamol 14 ) bt Maharashtra- 70 (Shruthi Aravind41, Shakshi Pande 11) (24-18, 28-10, 17-22, 22-20)
Income Tax Chennai-96( G Sivabalan 34,P Jeevanathan17,PAkhilan12,M A Raghueam11) bt Shri Guru Gobind College Chandigarh 70 (Mithun Das 21, P. Pandey 17, A. Rai 14) 76-62 (32-26, 30-15, 21-15, 13-14)