The four men’s Group B teams took to the floor on day three of the Golden Eagle National Invitation Basketball Championships at J.J. Stadium, Chennai. Central Excise & Customs, which was down by 13 points (24-37) at half time, came back strongly in the second half to overwhelm the Punjab State team (70-60). With their second straight win, Central Excise remains unbeaten and tops Group B. The traditionally strong Punjab State is now 0-2 and on the verge of being knocked out at the league stage itself.
IOB Chennai, one of the favourites of this tournament, put behind its horror loss in its first game against Central Excise, to win convincingly against Indian Air Force, Delhi. After yesterday’s game, both IOB Chennai and Indian Air Force are 1-1 in Group B.
Later this evening, in a Group A game, ONGC, Dehradun will look to win its second match in a row when it takes on the Army team from Delhi.
Results of matches played on 19/08/13
- Central Excise & Customs, Kochi 70 (Basil Philip 20, Monish Wilson 13) beat Punjab 62 (Ranbir Singh 23, Vikramjith Singh 15) HT 24-37
- IOB 82 (Amjyot Singh 15, Pratham Singh 14, Mihir Pandey 13) beat Indian Air Force, Delhi 60 (Praveen Kumar 17, Narender Kumar 12, Joginder Singh 11)
- Indian Army 86 beat Vijaya Bank 70 (detailed scores awaited from the organisers)
Result of last match played on 18/8/13
Women: South Central Railway, Hyderabad 55 (Aashna 15, Anusha 19, Jilna Jose 12) beat Rising Star 45 (Aiswarya 12, Sowmya 13) HT 25-21
Scheduled matches for Tuesday, 20/8/13
2:45 pm Indian Air Force, Delhi v. Central Excise & Customs, Kochi (Men)
4:00 pm Tamil Nadu v. Vijaya Bank, Bangalore (Men)
5:15 pm Southern Railway v. South Central Railway (Women)
6:30 pm IOB, Chennai v. Punjab State (Men)
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7:45 pm ONGC, Dehradun v. Indian Army, Delhi (Men)