THE TEAMS of St Joseph’s Co-ed School and Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Bairagarh walked away with the prestigious trophies after winning the finals of the girls and boys’ sections basketball tournament played under the HT-PACE Fiesta at Tatya Tope Stadium on Friday.
The chief guest of the closing ceremony, Governor Dr Balram Jakhar, congratulated the teams and lauded the efforts being made by HT-PACE to provide platform to the budding sportspersons.
Basketball and athletics were organised in the four-day HT-PACE Fiesta that concluded on Friday. The packed basketball court of the Tatya Tope Stadium witnessed a splendid performance by the players. The final of the boys’ section played between St Joseph’s Co-ed School and KV Bairagarh was a thrilling event.
Earlier, the two teams had clashed in the league phase. Playing an attacking game from the word go, St Joseph’s led 14-10 in the first quarter.
The KV team changed their strategy and bounced back in the second quarter. They resorted to long shooting. At the end of the second quarter the scoreboard read 26-24 in favour of KV.
For the St Joseph’s, Akshay and skipper Arpit created problems for the opponents. Akshay, short in height but fast in shooting, excited the spectators.
The next half of the match saw the fast and brilliant game from both teams. Such was the intensity in the match that it was almost impossible to predict the winner. “I have never seen such a thrilling game even at the State-level”, said the former Indian basketball team skipper Riyazuddin who was the guest at the final match. At the end of the third quarter the score was 46-49 in the favour of KV.
Siddharth and Deepak of KV played key roles in helping the team bounce back in the match. The maximum ups and downs came in the last quarter. St Joseph’s scored two points in the first two minutes but failed to maintained the rhythm. The dazzling players of KV were lethal in the last part of the game. The quick throws and converting every shooting into points saw them winner 61-56 in the final.
The girls of St Joseph’s Co-ed School thumped St Francis 39-3 in the final. Despite playing without their leading player Surbhi Jha, the St Joseph’s team repeated their good game. Akansha Singh scored the highest 13 points.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Governor Dr Balram Jakhar said that students should participate in games and study well. He distributed prizes to the winners of athletics event and basketball tournament. Hindustan Times Resident Editor Askari Zaidi, Hindustan Times General Manager Fehmi Hussain, TRUBA Institute Chairman Dharmendra Raghuvanshi, Regional Head Gas Authority of India Ranjana Ghosh, HT-PACE manager Alpna Mishra, Vikas Kharadkar of Sports Department and others were present.
The event was organised in association with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare, and supported by Madhya Pradesh Tourism, VNS Group of Educational Institutes, TRUBA Group of Educational Institutes and Sanchi.
On being asked, the happy skipper of KV Bairagarh, Deepak, gave all credit of the win to the team effort. “We won the trophy as it was a team effort”, said Deepak. However he added that the problem of not converting first-time shooting into points made the match tough for them. The dejected skipper of St Joseph’s Co-ed School, Arpit, attributed the defeat to important players being injured. However, the team’s players grabbed all the individual prizes.
Best scorer: Arpit (St Joseph’s Co-ed School)
Best defender: Jitesh (St Joseph’s Co-ed School)
Best scorer: Surbhi Jha (St Joseph’s Co-ed School)
Best defender: Akansha Singh (St Joseph’s Co-ed School)
Sports Dept to pick up good players
THE BASKETBALL tournament organised by HT-PACE Fiesta gave opportunity to the players who performed well. Vikas Kharadkar of Sports Department announced that the Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare would pick up the good players of the tournament and invite them for the camp to be organised later. The players would be able to participate in the youth competition to be organised next year by the Sports Department. SAI and the Sports Department provided the technical support to the tournament.