Pune: Mumbai South-East edged past Mumbai Central 82-79 to set up a summit clash against Pune team for Men’s title in 68th Maharashtra State Senior Inter-Destrict Basketball Championship being played at Matunga, Mumbai on Monday.
In Men’s category, both the semi-finals saw frantice action, much to the delight of present crowd at Matunga Gymkhana. In first semi-final, Pune beat Mumbai South West 78-70 to make it to the summit clash. Yousuf Sayyed, Siddhant Shinde and Edwin Irvin played a pivotal role in Pune’s win as the three of them combined to a great effect to fetch regular points for Pune.
The Pune team also benefitted from the fact that Mumbai South West team failed to convert a lot of scoring opportunities that they got and failed to score off them, providing a lot of turnovers to Pune team. In the other semi-final, Mumbai South East sneaked past Mumbai Central 82-79 to set up a title clash with Pune team.
The match was too close to call till the end and provided ample opportunities for both the sides to win it in regulation time. But Mumbai South East raised their bar at the fag end of the match to win the contest by mere 3 points. Rakesh Singh (18 points) , Melvin Rego (14 points) and Amit Gahlot (14 points) did the bulk of the scoring for the victors Mumbai South East, who rallied on their strong defence to halt Mumbai Central’s charge just after the interval, which saw them score 5 consecutive baskets. Nikhil Arya, with his 16 points and 5 rebounds gave a lone fight, but was not enough for Mumbai Central in the end.
In the women’s semi-finals, Nagpur routed Satara 67-29 to make it to the finals. With 29 points, Mugdha Amraotkar was undoubtably the match-winner for Nagpur, as she scored almost half of their points. She was helped by telling contributions from Shreya Dandekar with 18 points and Siddha Deshmukh with 9 points. Such was Nagpur’s domination, that at the half time-they were leading 39-16. From there onwards, they upped the ante and kept streching their lead.
They will now face Pune team, who comfortably beat Mumbai North 65-42 to set up the final with Nagpur. Shruti Sherigar with 26 points starred with an all-round display for Pune, who have maintained an unbeaten run in the competition.
Nagpur 67 (Mugdha Amraotkar 29, Shreya Dandekar 18) bt Satara 29 (Rutuja Pawar 12, Suraksha
Nigade 6) Half time score 39-16;
Pune 65 (Shruti Sherigar 26, Rupali Tripathi 9) bt Mumbai North 42 (Suzanne Pinto 19, Tanisha Malvankar 5) Half time 45-20.
Pune 78 ( Yousuf Sayyed 16 , Siddhant Shinde 20 , Edwin Irvin 13) beat Mumbai South west 70 ( Salman Qureshi 14 , Ashraf Siddique 14) Half time 38-37; Mumbai South East 82 (Rakesh Singh 18 , Melvin Rego 14 , Amit Gahlot 14 ) beat Mumbai Central 79 ( Nikhil Arya 16 , Sanket kalbhor 12 ) Half time 41-40.