11th Open Basketball Tournament commences in Kohima: TMB, Kohima Royals, Last Kings and Amplified wins

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TMB and Ophidians players with organising committee before the inaugural match at Local Ground on May 13, 2019.

Kohima, May 13: The 11th edition of the Open Basketball Tournament, a premier day & night sporting event organized by Suncity Club Kohima in association with Nagaland Basketball Association commenced today at Kohima Local ground.
Altogether 18 teams – 14 from Kohima, two from Dimapur and one each from Mokokchung and Peren districts are vying for the coveted title, which will conclude on May 19.
Delivering the presidential address before the inaugural match,
Four matches were played on the first day and the results are as follows:
Team Mystic Ballers (TMB) beat Ophidians 66-25, Kohima Royals won against XLR8 62-25, Last Kings beat Art City Warriors 52-19 and Amplified won against CMD Hoopers 55-39.
Meanwhile, heavy downpour with thunder and storm disrupted the night matches and the main inaugural session leading to cancellation of four matches.
Delivering the presidential address before the inaugural match played at noon, Suncity Club president Medozhazo Rutsa asserted that the Club would continue to give its best to promote the beautiful game of Basketball in Nagaland even in the days tom come. In the previous editions, he said “we have had the opportunity to have clubs from our state and the East Zone clubs but from the 9th edition we have come back to our roots since we realised that we should first nurture our local talents”.
Highlighting the activities of the Club, he said they have had the privilege to sponsor the Nagaland Sub-Junior Basketball Team to participate in the National Sub-Junior tournament held in Rajasthan in the year 2017. The club along with some well wishers also sponsored the Nagaland State Basketball team to participate in the Senior Nationals held in the month of January 2019 at Gujarat.
The champion of the tournament will win as cash prize of Rs. 60,000 while the runner-up will pocket Rs. 30,000 losing semi finalists will receive Rs. 10,000 each. The most valuable player of the tournament will also get Rs 10,000. Besides, surprise gift hamper is being arranged for Fan of the tournament, which will be selected from among the spectators.
Earlier, the first match commenced with Pastor of Peraciezie Baptist Church, Dr. Kevichalie Metha pronouncing invocation. (Page News Service)