Punjab Police, Eastern Railway emerge champions in all-India basketball tourney

Punjab Police
The victorious Punjab Police team and support staff. Photo: Special Arrangement

Kapurthala (Punjab): Punjab Police and Eastern Railway, Kolkata, emerged champions in the second All-India S Balkar Singh Cheema Memorial Invitational Basketball Tournament here on Friday.

Punjab Police defeated Indian Bank, Chennai, 86-71 in the men's final, while Eastern Railway got the better of KSEB, Thiruvananthapuram, 79-69 in the women's title decider.

Amrit Pal Singh and Amjoth combined with Vishesh Brighuvanshi to dominate Indian Bank in the men's summit clash. Punjab Police led 46-37 at the Interval. 

Amrit Pal top-scored with 27 points, while Amjoth and Vishesh contributed 22 and 20 points respectively for the winners. Muin Bek was Indian Bank's top-scorer with 20, which included six three-pointers 

The women's final was tied 20-20 at the end of the first quarter. Eastern Railway surged ahead through Poonam Chaturvedi as they gained a 42-33 at the interval.

The third quarter saw KSEB bouncing back to take a 58-54 lead. However, Poonam starred in the final quarter and combined effectively with Madhu Kumari and Nimma to settle the final in Eastern Railway's favour.

Eastern Railway
Eastern Railway team members and support staff celebrate with the trophy. Photo: Special Arrangement

The winners were richer by Rs 2 lakh, while the runners-up received Rs 1.5 lakh. 

The results (finals): Men: Punjab Police 86 (Amritpal Singh 27, Amjot Singh 22, Vishesh Brighuvanshi 20, Amandeep Singh 12) bt Indian Bank 71 (Muin Beck 20, Baladhaneshwar 15, Hariram 14, Pranav Prince 11).

Women: Eastern Railway 79 (Poonam Chaturvedi 36, Madhu Kumari 15, Nimma Dogra 12) bt KSEB 69 (Jeena P S 20, Kavitha Jose 20, Susan Florenteena 17).

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