Pinakini rout listless Belgaum

Ravichandra scores 14 points for the winners

Ravichandra (left) of Pinakini jumps to shoot past Belgaum’s Harish (right) on Monday. DH Photo

Pinakini’s ploy to field three big boys -- Chirag, Ravichandra and Sunil Prakash -- in the back-court in a three-two formation paid rich dividends as they rushed into a comfortable 14-4 lead in the first quarter.

Belgaum did well to curb the Pinakini scoring in the second quarter but the Pinakini defence proved too strong to breach for the boys from Belgaum, who managed to score only two points to trail 6-18 at half time.

Pinakini’s Chirag (10), who looked rusty to begin with, made up for his lack of speed with a good show under the board but Belgaum’s Akshay (7) penetrated Pinakini’s defence to help them reduce the deficit to 22-13.

Belgaum’s Harish tried his best at setting up plays for his side but Pinakini cruised to a convincing win.

DH News Service

Results: Boys: Pinakini: 37 (Ravichandra 14, Chirag 10) bt Belgaum: 15 (Akshay 7). HT: 18-6; VBC, Mandya: 48 (Aravind 14, Deepak 12) bt Brothers Bijapur: 39 (Ayaz 21, Salman 12). HT: 15-17; IBBC: 59 (Seshraj 27) bt Mounts Club: 24. HT: 38-8; YMMA w/o Naveen Shetty, Mangalore; YFBC w/o Vijayanagar; Devanga w/o NAL Colony. Girls: Rajmahal Sports Club w/o Vimanapura; Ambedkar Sports Club w/o Bangalore Sporting.

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