St Vincent’s boys, St Mary’s girls crowned champions
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St Vincent's boys eked out a narrow 48-46 win against St Mary's.
St Vincent's 'A' were crowned champions after they defeated St Mary's in an enthralling match in the final of the third edition of the Rajabhau Chitale Memorial Basketball tournament on Friday. In the match at Deccan Gymkhana courts, St Vincent's 'A' eked out a narrow 48-46 win.
St Vincent's 'A', who had been impressive throughout the tournament, began the final in their usual aggressive style. The St Vincent boys played purposeful basketball and their fluid movements and quick interchanges seemed to put St Mary's boys in an uncomfortable position. Harsh Ranawat, who had been impressive all through the tournament with his nifty dribbling and accurate shooting, was the star for St Vincent's with 27 points. Shrey Kurwad chipped in with a handy six points.
After the second quarter, the score was 23-18 in favor of St. Vincent's. However, St Mary's rallied spectacularly to run St Vincent's 'A' very close. Divyang Shukla, another consistent performer over the tournament, scored 18 points and semi-final hero Karl Chari scored 16 points.
However, despite the duo's heroics, St Mary's boys could not lay their hands on the trophy as their opponents nicked the tie courtesy of a slender two-point lead.
In the girls final, St Mary's 'A' avenged the loss of their boys team as they thrashed Sardar Dastur High School 'A' 41-22. Durga Dharmadhikari scored 12 classy points while Saee Bhade and Bhavna Nandev scored eight points. Siddhi Kothavale's nine points for Sardar Dastur High School 'A' went in vain as St Mary's superior attacking options and constant pressing could not allow Dastur High School to really get going.
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