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Ernakulam survives a scare

THRISSUR, DEC. 1. Palakkad gave favourite Ernakulam a scare and went down fighting 50-51 in a men's pool `B' match of the 49th Senior State basketball championship at the Veterinary college courts here on Wednesday. Palakkad led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter.

But Ernakulam dominated the second quarter to take a 29-22 at half-time. Though Palakkad staged a remarkable comeback in the last quarter, Ernakulam managed to hold on to its narrow one point lead to win the match 51-50.

Host Thrissur continued its unbeaten run in pool `A' as it scored a 76-47 win over Pathanamthitta.

The results:

Men: Kannur 71 (V.V. Jasmin Usman 32, V. Thamsheer 20) bt Wayanad 54 (Anoop Chandran 17, Bino Joy 13); Kollam 78 (Riyas Khan 13, Aneesh Jose 10) bt Idukki 67 (Titty Raju Jacob 18, Atheef K. Latheef 16, Morris George 10); Ernakulam 51 (Sunny Thomas 26) bt Palakkad 50 (Praveen 14, Shyam 10); Kottayam 82 (Monish Wilson 34, P.S. Dibumon 28) bt Kozhikode 70 (P.S. Pradeep 13, R. Krishnan 10); Alappuzha bt Wayanad 33-17; Kasargod 75 (K. Mahesh 22, K.P. Vijith 15, P. Shibu 16) bt Idukki 50 (Morris George Ruble 16, Atheef K. Latheef 13, Jeevan Raj 10); Malappuram 72 (Mohammed Yazar 28, V. Vivek 14, Siji Jose 10) bt Thiruvananthapuram 69 (Shabu Kumar 24, S. Aravind 16, Bobit Mathew 15); Thrissur 76 (Kiran 19, P.B. Hareesh 16, Ratheesh 10) bt Pathanamthitta 47 (Shinu Mon Augustine 10).

Women: Kannur 59 (M. Beena 23, Rani Francis 11) bt Kozhiode 14.

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