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DLW outsmarts ONGC

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, SEPT. 29. Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, handled the climax with competence in beating the star-studded Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Dehra Dun, 86-82 after trailing 35-48 at half time in the men's super league of the 32nd all-India Master Prithvi Nath Sharma memorial basketball tournament at the Prithvi Nath Stadium in Ajmal Khan Park, Karol Bagh, here on Wednesday evening.

It was ONGC that enjoyed a 60-58 lead at the end of the third quarter, but an injury to the gangling Murali Krishna with about two minutes left for the finish served a decisive blow for ONGC, as substitute Desh Raj missed a couple of free throws. However, he had played a splendid role in the whole match.

Shabbir Ahmed was unable to make a difference for ONGC in the end, and in fact his defensive block was penalised as a basket in the climax that helped DLW stretch its lead to four points.

E. Satheesh Kumar was the hero for DLW with his consistently brilliant shooting and he handled the final stages with a rare touch of assurance, shooting the points that made the difference along with Umesh Kumar.

Earlier in the women's section, South East Central Railway continued to prove too good for the rest, as it recorded its third win in as many matches, beating Indian Juniors 76-61 after leading 40-32 at halftime.

Seema Singh (24) and Poonam Singh (19) were a class act for the Railway team, especially with their three-pointers.

The results (Men): DLW 82 (Satheesh Kumar 32, Mihir Pandey 20, Sudhir Kumar 16) bt ONGC 82 (Mohit Bhandari 24, Desh Raj 23, Sridhar 16). Women: South East Central Railway 76 (Seema Singh 24, Poonam Singh 19, Anju Lakra 12) bt Indian Juniors 61 (Sonamdeep Kaur 16).

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