DKM are Khelo India champions

  • | Tuesday | 19th September, 2023

Nagpur: With popular basketball phrase offence wins games, but defence wins championship in mind, Dharampeth Krida Mandal (DKM) girls upped their defensive play to outclass arch rivals Shivaji Nagar Gymkhana (SNG) 43-40 and emerge Asmita Khelo India champions on Monday.The summit clash of the nine-day U-17 girls tournament presented by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) was a thrill-a-minute event, and a treat to watch for a packed crowd at the Shankar Nagar court, where the home team prevailed over the district youth champions.Close zone defence, followed by crucial steals and timely conversions were the order of play for DKM as SNGs star playmaker Gunjan Mantri, despite scoring a game-high 18 points, failed to lift her side against the hosts team effort.While Anandi Sonewane continued from where she left in the semifinals to score a team-high 14 points in the final for DKM, Rajvi Maladhari (10), Nandini Chandak (9) and Meehira Dhote (8) came up with timely contributions as the home team utilized their court advantage well for a marginal three-point triumph.DKMs defensive play paid dividends as they forced SNG to change their offensive strategy and had a handy nine-point lead at the lemon break. Though SNG won both the quarters after halftime, they failed to take the lead and DKM clinched the trophy with a prize money of 11,000.Earlier, United Basketball Academy (UBA) stunned Nutan Bharat Yuwak Sangh (NBYS) 35-31 to finish third in the tournament.The prizes were distributed by secretary of Nagpur District Basketball Association (NDBA) Bhavesh Kuchanwar, and Aradhana Garud and Arvind Garud of Garuda Gladiators. Senior handball coach of SAI Ashish Banerjee, DKM secretary Ravindra Kulkarni and other members of the district body were present. All the participating 24 teams were given Khelo India certificates. RESULTSFINAL: DKM (Anandi Sonewane 14, Rajvi Maladhari 10, Nandini Chandak 9, Meehira Dhote 8) bt SNG (Gunjan Mantri 18, Riddhi Borkar 10) 43-40 (7-4, 15-9, 11-12, 10-15)Third place: UBA (Samija Korde 12) bt NBYS (Mrunmayee Sathe 10) 35-31 (11-12, 8-9, 12-4, 4-6).We also published the following articles recentlyRiddhi, Gunjan, Meehira, Anandi shine as SNG meet DKM in yet another title clashRiddhi Borkar, Gunjan Mantri, Meehira Dhote, and Anandi Sonewane were the top scorers in the semifinals of the Asmita Khelo India U-17 Girls Basketball Championship. Shivaji Nagar Gymkhana (SNG) and Dharampeth Krida Mandal (DKM) teams both won their semifinals by a margin of 22 points. SNG defeated Nutan Bharat Yuwak Sangh (NBYS) 43-21, while DKM defeated United Basketball Academy (UBA) 45-23. The final will be played between DKM and SNG on Monday.Gunjan fires 18 points, steers SNG to semisShivaji Nagar Gymkhana (SNG) secured a spot in the semifinals of the Asmita Khelo India U-17 basketball championship by defeating Saraswati Kanya Sangh (SKS) with a score of 40-13. They will face Nutan Bharat Yuwak Sangh (NBYS) in the next round, who won against Nagpur Amateur Sports Association (NASA) by a close margin of 21-17. In another match, Dharampeth Krida Mandal (DKM) defeated Gurudeo Nagar Krida Mandal (GKM) with a score of 45-15 to advance to the semifinals against United Basketball Academy (UBA).Flying start for title contenders SNG as challengers NBYS ease past NYSSShivaji Nagar Gymkhana (SNG-A) had a strong start in the Asmita Khelo India U-17 girls basketball championship, defeating Nikalas Sports and Cultural Academy (NSCA) with a score of 27-7. SNG-B also secured a victory against Hanuman Nagar Krida Mandal (HKM) with a score of 17-7. DKM-C emerged victorious against Apollo Basketball Club (ABC) with a score of 18-9. Other games were one-sided, with Nutan Bharat Yuwak Sangh (NBYS) defeating NYSS with a score of 39-2, and Gurudeo Nagar Krida Mandal (GKM) winning against ESKM with a score of 25-4.

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