Jarkhand beat Nagaland in junior national basketball


Dimapur, May 9: In their final group league match on Wednesday, Nagaland boys went down to Jharkhand 42-37 in an entertaining game at the 69th junior national basketball championship in Ludhiana.
According to reports, the Naga boys had a lacklustre opening quarter trailing 00-10 as the opponents seized control at the start. The Naga boys opened their account through Vivika Yeptho’s conversion and managed to share the spoils in the second quarter at 06-06, still trailing 06-16 by half time.
In the third quarter, the Naga boys took control of the game 12-09 with Keneingutou powering his team with 8 points. In the fourth quarter, they managed a late burst trailing 32-34 at one stage before letting the game slip away in the final period of the quarter, despite limiting the score at 17-17 in the quarter.
Coach Rajan said, “This is my first assignment as a coach and I learned a lot through this experience. Even though we lost all the games, our team had received lots of accolades from international players and coaches. International player Satnam Singh has requested us to send the state team for the Senior nationals. I believe with proper coaching at an early age and with good infrastructure, our players will succeed at this level.”
According to manager Tiameren, “As their first nationals, the inexperience of our young boys was visible against better teams and taller players. But they got better with more games and put up a grand show in the final group match. Many players and coaches from other states talked about the swiftness of our boys and their good game sense. We can only get better from here on.”
(Page News Service)