Dimapur, May 10: Defending champions Taurus and Stallions remained undefeated till the last day of the league matches and entered into the quarter finals of the ongoing 10th edition of Open Basketball Tournament (OBT). The 6-day tournament is being presented by Seyie Auto Maruti Suzuki and organised by Nagaland Basketball Association and Suncity Kohima here at Khuociezie local ground in Kohima.
Defending champions Taurus and Stallions continued to be in the driver’s seat after winning their respective matches on the last day of the league round.
Playing the first match, Cretan Bulls battered Ophidians 68 – 36. However, Taurus trounced Cretan Bulls 76-49 as the latter tasted their defeat for the first time in the league during the fifth match while Stallions hammered Last Kings 74-57 in the third match to remain unbeaten.
After Thursday’s match, Last Kings, Akelos and Mission Giants are out of the tournament as they continue to suffer in the hands of the rival teams. Meanwhile, the other 6 teams namely Cretan Bulls, Ephraim, S.Naga Trouncers, Ophidians, Orca and TMB managed to book their berth for quarterfinals.
S.Naga Trouncers managed to win a league match after defeating Mission Giants by 36-29 in the second match and got their berth for the quarter-finals. Mission Giants continue to suffer as Ophidians edge past them 34-31 in the last match of the league round.
Last Kings lost both two matches on Thursday after Stallions overpowered them by 74 -57 in the 3rd match and Ephraim beating them 64-56 in the 6th match respectively.
Akelos lost their lone match of the day as TMB notched up a 63-35 win in the 4th match.
Meanwhile, match patron Colo Mero, director of Life Sports and proprietor of Dimori Cove, entrepreneur and social worker and special guest Neitho-o Kuotsu, Deputy Director, Department of Fisheries, Government of Nagaland attended the tournament on Thursday.
Day-4 results :-
1st match : Cretan Bulls 68 – 36 Ophidians
2nd match : S.Naga Trouncers 36 – 29 Mission Giants
3rd match : Stallions 74 -57 Last Kings
4th match TMB 63-35 Akelos
5th match : Taurus 76 49 Cretan Bulls
6th match: Ephraim 64-56 Last Kings
7th match : Stallions 59 – 49 Orca
8th match : Ophidians 34-31 Mission Giants
Fixture for May 11/5/2018
1st match : Taurus Vs Ephraim
2nd match : Stallions Vs S.Naga Trouncers
3rd match : TMB Vs Ophidians
4th match : Cretan Bulls Vs Orca.
First match will commence at 1 p.m.
(Page News Service)