Defending champion Southern Railway retained the women’s crown defeateing Western Railway 62-49 in the final of the 4th annual Jeppiaar All-India Invitation Basketball tournament at Sriperumpudur. The winners led 33-27 at half time. Renu Maurya (W Rly) was adjudged the best player of the match.
Earlier in the morning, Chhattisgarh state team beat Kerala State Electricity Board 53-48 to claim the third place. Junior international Swaranjeet Kaur of Chattisgarh was adjudged the “Most Valuable Player”.
ONGC Vs IOB
The Oil and Natural Gas Commission entered the men’s final defeating Indian Army 68-55.
In the other semifinals, defending champion Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai easily overcame Indian Navy’s challenge 54-34.
RESULTS: Women’s (final): Southern Railway 62 (Geethu Anna Jose 24, Kokila 19) bt Western Railway 49 (Renu Maurya 13, Smruti 11); 3rd Place: Chhattisgarh 53 (Poonam Chaturvedi 12, Swaranjeet Kaur 26) bt KSEB 48 (Stephy Nixon 11, Shilji George 11, Jeena 10).
Men semifinals: ONGC 68 (Riazudeen 25, Trideep Rai 12) bt Indian Army 55 (Sridhar 20, Jairam Jat 15). IOB 54 (Pratam Singh 15, Harish Korat 14) bt Indian Navy 34 (Kasi 10).