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Geethu Anna Jose hogs the limelight

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BASKETBALL / S. Railway, MEG (Bangalore) take honours

— PHOTO: H. Vibhu

CHAMPIONS: The Southern Railway team which triumphed on Friday.

KOCHI: International Geethu Anna Jose produced a stunning 53 points as Southern Railway, Chennai, defeated Central Railway 78-62 to win the women’s title in the second Geojit Cup all-India basketball tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi indoor stadium on Friday.

Initially the game was close with Central, backed by some sparkling team effort and fast play and captain Indu’s fine underbaskets, leading 20-15.

But Geethu , the top scorer at the recent Asian Championship, blew her opponent off the court in the next session.

Dominating both the offensive and defensive boards, the 6’2 star plucked rebounds at will and converted freely.

Later, MEG (Bangalore) defeated Kochi’s Central Excise 73-63 to win the men’s title.

The results (finals): Women: Southern Railway, Chennai 78 (Geethu Anna Jose 53, Kokila 10) bt Central Railway, Mumbai 62 (S.Indu 20, Manish Dange 12, M.Beena 11, Renjusha Mathew 10) HT: 31-32.

Men: MEG, Bangalore 73 (Tinu Joseph 18, Peter John 17, Linel Antony 14, Sridhar 11, Lloyd Antony 10) bt Central Excise, Kochi 63 (V.Vivek 24, Sunny Thomas 18). HT: 36-27

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