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South Zone Police lifts trophy

DINDIGUL: South Zone Police, Madurai lifted the Ravi Memorial Trophy by defeating Armed Police, Chennai 50-42 in the final of the 27th annual State-level open basketball tournament conducted jointly by M.S.P. Solai Nadar HSS and Rotary Club of Dindigul West here on Sunday.

Earlier in the third place match, Southern Railway Cooperative Society Basketball Club, Chennai beat Karur Tex City Club 65-52.

The final, though keenly fought, gained momentum only after half-time. At the end of the first quarter, South Zone Police was trailing 10-13 but at half- time it inched to a one point (24-23) lead.

In the third quarter, South Zone played briskly with Navaneethan and Vijayakumar scoring fluently. The team scored 19 points in this quarter, whereas Armed Reserve got only 2 points.

In the fourth quarter, Armed Reserve fought back through Bharathi but could only reduce the lead to six points in the end.

Mr. G. Sundararajan, President, DDBA, presided and Mr. Vellaidurai, Dy. Superintendent of Police gave away the prizes.

The results:

Final: South Zone Police 50 (Navaneethan 22, Vijayakumar 10) bt Armed Police, Chennai 42 (Bharathi 16).

Third place: S. Rly Coop. Society BC 65 (Faizal 23, Pechimuthu 20) bt Karur Texcity BC 52 (Periasamy 15, Senthilkumar 10, Raja 10). — Sports Correspondent

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