IOB and ONGC fight through Semifinals to face each other in the Finals at the 32nd Federation Cup in Chittoor

Bengaluru, 5th May 2018: The 32nd Federation Cup is going on at the District Sports Authority in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh on 1st May. The best club/state teams from the top 8 states in both the Men’s and Women’s category with addition of the hosts Andhra Pradesh are participating in this 6 day long tournament.  The championship is being organised by the Basketball Association in Andhra Pradesh under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India.
It will be last years finals rematch in the Men’s section as IOB Chennai and ONGC Dehradun will face each other again. IOB Chennai faced the Customs and excise, Cochin in the semi finals which was thought to be a one sided affair but Cochin shocked everyone in the first two quarters as they managed to gain a one point lead at half time. But the experience of Rikin Pethani and some excellent plays from G Sivabalan who has been IOBs highest scorer and their best player so far in the tournament took the game away form Cochin in the second half and confirmed a seat in the finals. The last Semi-Final of the day saw the defending champions take a victory over the energetic MEG team in a very competitive game which went to overtime. The current Indian team captain Yadwinder Singh showed his expertise in the last few minutes of the game and sealed their finals play with a clutch shot with only few seconds left in the game.
IOB(Sivabalan 26 pts, Rikin 23 pts, Prasanna 17pts) bt Customs,Cochin(Shinu 20 pts, Bony 17 pts) 87-74[19-18, 21-23, 26-15, 21-18]
ONGC(Yadwinder 21pts, Muin Bek 19pts) bt MEG(Mayur 24 pts, Rahul 15 pts) 68-65[20-19, 13-15, 15-4, 10-20, 10-7]
Tamil Nadu(Pushpa 28 pts, Srividhya 20 pts) bt Eastern Railways(Madhu 24 pts, Libina 20 pts) 82-64[26-17, 15-14, 16-15, 25-18]
Kerala(Jeena 20 pts, Rojamol 14 pts) bt Maharashtra(Sakshi 14 pts, Sruthi 9pts) 60-42[13-12, 20-09, 13-12, 14-09]
6TH MAY, 2018

Team ‘A’ V/s Team ‘B’ Group Time Court No.
3rd Place Customs, Cochin V/s MEG MEN 04.30 PM 1
3rd Place Maharashtra V/s Eastern Railways WOMEN 04.30 PM 2
Final Kerala V/s Tamil Nadu WOMEN 05.45 PM 1
Final ONGC Dehradun V/s IOB Chennai MEN 07.00 PM 1

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