MIT-A edge past WGSHA winning inter-MAHE basketball title; FOA women crowned champions
Manipal: Powered by an amazing performance by their center Saurab Mitra, MIT-A trumped WGSHA 63-54 in a roller-coaster inter-MAHE (Manipal Academy of Higher Education) summit clash at the Marena Sports Complex here on Thursday. Meanwhile, the FOA women’s team held their nerve against KMC Mangalore (32-28) to secure the women’s title.
In what turned out to be a decisive third quarter, MIT-A gained a healthy advantage of 14 points with the help of back to back 2-pointers from Harman Sahi towards the end of the quarter. The WGSHA defence was constantly on the back-foot after they conceded a foul early in the quarter.
MIT’s 14-point advantage after the third quarter proved to be too much for WGSHA despite them scoring more points in the final quarter (15-10). For a brief period at the start of the final quarter, WGSHA had a sliver of hope when they closed down the lead to six points with just over four and a half minutes of play left. Despite the shift in momentum, a 3-pointer from MIT’s point guard Sahil sealed the fate of the match as MIT A ended up with a comfortable 9 point victory.
Early in the game, MIT A had made an impressive start by scoring two back to back 3-pointers and taking a 7 point lead in less than a minute. Despite these early blows, WGSHA had managed to gather momentum and make inroads at constant intervals in an exciting first quarter which ended with MIT A just 3 points ahead. WGSHA made a positive start to the second quarter when their captain, Kalyan Chakraborty managed to breach the MIT defence twice and helped his team take the lead for the first time, albeit for a short while. MIT’s prolific center Saurab Mitra, who also ended up being their top scorer with 21 points, kept the pressure on the WGSHA defence, breaching it on three occasions to take the lead back.
In the women’s final, KMC Mangalore mounted a tough challenge for the in-form Faculty of Architecture (FOA), Manipal women. Riding on smart plays from their top scorer Kruthi Kiran, FOA managed to fend off the KMC Mangalore challenge to secure a close victory (32-28).
The inter-MAHE basketball tournament this year saw participation from as many as 16 MAHE colleges from Manipal and Mangalore battling it out in more than 25 games across two days at the MARENA Sports Complex in Manipal.
With inputs from from Mukund Nair and Saraswat Mandarapu.
Edited by Shivani Singh
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