National Junior Basketball -Junior Girls title for Punjab after a gap of 29 years
Punjab Girls came on to beat Rajasthan 57-52 here for the 71st Junior National Basketball Championship, at the Basketball Complex Race course Road Indore under the aegis of Basketball federation of India.In a dispatch from Indore,it has been learnt that there was a great joy in the Punjab team ,coaches and the PBA officials who accompanied the team at Indore including Teja Singh Dhaliwal PBA Gen Sec.
(Teja Singh Dhaliwal)
He said that it is proud moment for Punjab to win Gold after 29 years though Punjab’s junior girls last won silver in 1998 and bronze in 2003. R S Gill (DGP) Retd and PBA president has appreciated the efforts of coaches of the team that Gold laurels have been brought back to Punjab. Yurinder Singh Hayer IPS(Retd), Sr Vice President of PBA and Parminder Singh Heer SP City, Ludhiana also an international Basketballer from Punjab also congratulate the team.
Brij Bhushan Goyal, Avinish aggarwal,Parmjit Bhogal,Jagjit Singh all officials of Distt Basketball Association said that a befitting welcome awaits to Punjab team when they arrive back as a number of players are trained at Ludhiana Basketball Academy .
Ms Saloni, the coach of Girls team said that she is quite elated and overjoyed that she has coached the team at Ludhiana Basketball Academy Centre. She further added that it was in 2003 that she played from Punjab team and then Punjab won bronze medal,but now she will be known as coach of gold medal winning team. Davinderpal Singh Dhindsa ,Rajinder Singh,Ravinder Gill and Narinder Kumar and Amyjot Singh all coaches also complimented the winning team.Prof. Prabhjot Kaur also a national level player said that girls have shown their Punjabi grit.
Punjab started with a 13-4 lead within five minutes ended the first half leading 39-26 but Rajasthan in the 3rd quarter through reduced the lead to 1 points but a basket and a three Pointer from Karanveer kaur put Punjab again back in to the game before winning the match at 57-54 Manmeet kaur came up with 14 points and 11 rebounds along with Kanishka Dhir also contributing 14 points Kaniska Dheer a student of local Govt Girls College Ludhiana and a LBA trainee is the captain of the winning team. Principal Kirapal Kaur of the college said that she is proud of the girls victory and their college always encourages sports .