PLAYERS Basketball Gymkhana (PBG), United Basketball Academy (UBA), Nagpur Amateur Sports Association (NASA) and Saraswati Kanya Sangh (SKS) posted contrasting victories to qualify for quarter-finals of the Asmita Khelo India U-17 girls basketball championship on Wednesday. The seven-day tournament is organised by Dharampeth Krida Mandal under the aegis of Nagpur District Basketball Association (NDBA).
On fourth and last day of the league round of the girls’ tournament allotted to Nagpur by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI), NASA A defeated Navyuwak Krida Mandal (NKM) in an exciting clash 38-20. With this 18-point victory, NASA won their second successive game and emerged as the Pool F toppers to qualify and will face Nutan Bharat Yuwak Sangh (NBYS). For the winners, Vidhi Gatlewar (10) and Swara Kesare (9) played well while NKM’s Sparshika Gat and Mitali Kohale netted identical 10 points.
Earlier, UBA made light work of the second teams from Shivaji Nagar Gymkhana (SNG B) by as many as 28 points (36-8). Samija Korde scored for the winners with 14 points and Saloni Neware (8) played well for UBA. With this win UBA emerged as the Pool D toppers to meet PBG. In third match of the day, PBG outclassed NASA B by 24 points (29-5). For the winners, Priya Dhapodkar (8) and Aasawari Hajare (7) did all the scoring. On Tuesday night, SKS had got the better of third team of hosts Dharampeth Krida Mandal (DKM C) 23-6. In the last league game of the tournament, SKS outclassed Apollo Basketball Club (ABC) 10-4. With this win SKS emerged pool G toppers to qualify for the quarter-finals where they will meet title contenders SNG A.