Southern Region Bangalore, North Region Sonepat and Hyderabad sailed into the semifinals of the All-India Inter-SAI Basketball Tournament organised at STC, Mayur Park here today.
In the first quarterfinal match, Bangalore ousted hosts Central Region Bhopal by a margin of 89-79. Once again, Bhopal faced a tough challenge.
In a keenly fought match, Bhopal took the lead in the first two quarters. However, the visitors bounced back in the following quarters.
The last one-minute of the match was extremely thrilling. The score was 79-79 just two seconds before the final whistle. But Arun of Bangalore scored three points in the breathtaking moments to give his team an 82-79 win. With this loss, Bhopal is out of contention. Arun scored the highest 38 points for the winning team.
The second match of the day was played between Hyderabad and Gandhi Nagar. Hyderabad faced no resistance from the opponents in winning this fixture (83-67).
North Region Sonepat entered the semifinal after defeating Southern Region by a comfortable margin of 71-66.