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BU, Kannur, Mysore, Kottayam qualify

Kannur, Mysore, MG Kottayam and Barkatullah University (BU) have qualified for the All India Inter University Basketball Championship. The championship will be held at Maj. Dhyanchand Ground from February 3.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 13:48 IST

Kannur, Mysore, MG Kottayam and Barkatullah University (BU) have qualified for the All India Inter University Basketball Championship. The championship will be held at Maj. Dhyanchand Ground from February 3.

After convincing wins in their earlier matches, BU took on Coimbatore. Director Sports Dr Akhilesh Sharma had disqualified a player of Coimbatore. But Coimbatore was not ready to drop her from the team and the resulting dispute delayed the match by almost an hour. The match began after the intervention of Sharma.

Repeating their performance, BU girls played with the attacking strategy. Once again experienced N Prasanna and Poonam Singh demonstrated excellent control over ball. Both scored points whenever they got the opportunity. Their contribution in the match could be gauged from the fact that they scored 29 points in the 45-33 win. Prasanna scored 20 points. For Coimbatore Vijay Laxmi scored highest 19 points.

In the second match, MG Kottayam team walloped Chennai 56-32. Shubah Laxmi of Kottayam scored 13 points. It was a seesaw battle between Kannur and Madras University. Though Kannur finally clinched the tie, they had many anxious moments before winning 77-60. In the last match, Mysore scored a facile victory over Kerala 79-33.


Lack of sportsmanship
Displaying their courtesy, BU girls went to shake hands with the Coimbatore team’s players after winning the tie. But they were shocked by the rather impolite way in which the losing team behaved and their lack of sportsmanship. “We are not bothered with that, as our aim is to concentrate on the game. Our girls are ready for another win”, said BU team coach Upendra Singh Tomar.

Bonus for Prasanna
Piyush Sharma, who is running a college in Hoshangabad, set an example by offering a job to BU player N Prasanna. The physical education department of the college will become operational from next session. “Encouragement given by Piyush will motivate other players to perform better in the ensuing matches”, said BU Director Sports Dr Akhilesh Sharma.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 13:48 IST