Khelo India Youth Games 2019: Punjab Boys, Kerala Girls starts the campaign with victories

Khelo India basketball

Pune, 16th Jan-Defending champions Punjab boys and Kerala girls registered wins in the Under-17 section to continue from where they left off last year in the basketball events at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019. 

In a Pool A encounter, Punjab cruised to a 30-point win over Tamil Nadu winning 92-62 with skipper Rajan (27 points), Navkiran Singh (16 points) and Manpreet Singh (16 points) standing out. Tamil Nadu skipper Alvin Basil (15 points) was the top scorer for the southern state.  

Kerala girls toiled hard to earn a win over Rajasthan(57-54) in Pool A . Ann Mary (17 points) and Ameesha (16) lead from the front for Kerala, while Rashi (17 points) and Ankita (16 points) excelled for Rajasthan.

Hosts Maharashtra had mixed luck. They lost in Under-17 boys section to Haryana by 55-81, and the girls lost to Tamil Nadu 63-71.However, in the Under-21 section Maharashtra boys downed Uttar Pradesh 74-67, while their girls had an easy outing against Gujarat (83-41).     


Under-17, Boys

Pool-A: Rajasthan bt Kerala 66-60; Karnataka bt Madhya Pradesh 70-60

Pool-B: Punjab bt Tamil Nadu 92-62; Haryana bt Maharashtra 81-55 

Under-17, Girls:

Pool-A: Kerala bt Rajasthan 57-54

Pool-B: Tamil Nadu bt Maharashtra 71-63; Uttar Pradesh bt Karnataka 71-40

Under-21, Boys

Pool-A: Maharashtra bt Uttar Pradesh 74-67; Kerala bt Delhi 77-73

Pool-B: Punjab bt Rajasthan 81-63; Tamil Nadu bt Karnataka 100-74

Under-21 Girls

Pool-A: Maharashtra bt Gujarat 83-41