Last year's runners-up Tamil Nadu prevailed over Services 80-77 in a nail-biting match to book a berth in the semifinal of the men's competition in the 60th Senior National Basketball Championships here on Friday.
For Tamil Nadu, Hareesh Kumar top-scored with 24 points, while S. Robinson and V. Suresh Kumar contributed 21 and 12 respectively.
Services were leading 43-37 at the break and also had the upper hand at the end of the third quarter 65-52. But with three minutes left, Services cagers made costly mistakes that enabled Tamil Nadu gradually narrow the gap and finally won the contest.
In the last two minutes of the quarterfinal match, Tamil Nadu were trailing by 74-75, but Hareesh saved the day for his side by converting two free throws to turn the tide in his teams favour.