SHIVAJI Nagar Gymkhana (SNG) have once again set a final date with arch-rivals Dharampeth Krida Mandal (DKM), this time in the Asmita Khelo India U-17 Girl’s Basketball Championship being played at DKM) courts in Shankar Nagar. The edge of the seat summit clash will be played on Monday evening at 6.30 pm. In the lop-sided semi-finals, title contenders SNG made light work of Nutan Bharat Yuvak Sangh (NBYS) 43-21 while hosts DKM defeated United Basketball Academy (UBA) 45-23. The nine-day tournament is allotted to Nagpur by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI).
In the first semi-final, SNG started with a bang and dominated the first quarter 12-0. They stretched the advantage further to 24 points by winning the second period 17-5. With a handy advantage at the lemon break, it was time for SNG to test their bench. SNG girls won the third quarter 6-4 but lost the fourth period 8-14 to clinch the tie by 22 points. For the winners, Ridhi Borkar (12) and Gunjan Mantri (9) played well while Sahi Khopade scored nine points for NBYS. Later in the second semi-final, hosts DKM defeated UBA by 22 points (45-23) after a slow start. For the winners, Meehira Dhote fired a game-high 19 points while Anandi Sonewane played a pivotal role with 12 points. Samija Korde (10) was lone scorer in double digit for UBA.