New Delhi: Chhattisgarh produced a scintillating comeback in the final quarter to clinch the women's title at the 64th National Basketball Championship, while Tamil Nadu men overwhelmed Punjab in the final, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Chhattisgarh women, who were trailing in each of the first three quarters, went past defending champions Indian Railways 81-77 in the final minutes of the game at the Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium. Kavita came up with a match-winning performance scoring 25 points for Chhatisgarh, while Saranjeet Kaur (20) and Bharti Netam (16) also made significant contributions.
Railways team was quick to get off the blocks and dominantly led the first quarter 23-12. They maintained their advantage at the end half-time with 46-38.
However, Chhatisgarh women never allowed the lead to surge beyond their control. At the end of third quarter, Railways led 65-60 before Chhatisgarh remarkably turned it around in the final period. Chhatisgarh netted 21 points as compared to Railways' 13 in the last quarter to end latter's six-time winning streak.
In the men's final, Tamil Nadu did not face much difficulty in overcoming Punjab 74-57. Rikin Pethani shone with 22 points for Tamil Nadu, while Palpreet Singh (19) was the top-scorer for Punjab.
Services finished third in the men's category while Delhi women beat Maharashtra to secure third position.
The winner took home Rs one lakh, while the first and second runners-up received Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively.
Rikin Pethani of Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh's Kavita Kumari were awarded the Harish Sharma Most Valuable Player Award.