Hyderabad : Loyola Academy, Hyderabad, defeated Venkateswara Degree College, Delhi, 74-63 in the basketball final of the all-India Fr. Balaiah Memorial inter-college basketball and volleyball tournaments at Loyola Academy here.
For the winner, Arun (18) was the lead scorer.
In the volleyball final Jamal Mohd. College (Tiruchi) defeated Jawahar Bharathi College (Kavali) 25-18, 25-22, 25-13.
Pruthvi of Loyola Academy stood out by contributing 21 points to the team total followed by Arun who contributed 16 points. Loyola hoopsters held their nerves to carve a victory after being on level terms midway through the game but Loyola came from behind to emerge champions.
Ms. Vijaya Shanthi, Old Alwal Corporator, international basketball player Sangam Vinay Kumar Yadav, Fr. L. Joji Reddy SJ, Principal, and Fr. Anil Kumar, Director of Sports, Loyola Academy, gave away the prizes.
Basketball: Final: Loyola Academy, Hyderabad, 74 (Arun 18, Pruthvi 17, Jashwanth 15) bt Venkateswara DC, Delhi, 63.Volleyball: Jamal Mohd. College, Tiruchi bt Jawahar Bharathi College, Kavali, 25-18, 25-22, 25-13.
In the earlier matches, Loyola Academy and Bishop Heber registered easy wins over their rivals to confirm their spot in the finals. Jamal Mohamed College of Trichy turned in a great effort to grab the volleyball with a 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 21-25 verdict over Jawahar Bharati College.
In the first game, the Jamal Mohamed side proved very strong but Jawahar Bharathi regrouped well to take the second game and level the scores. However, the tall players from Jamal Mohamed put in their best efforts to clinch two consecutive games and seal the title.
The match for the third place was between Hyderabad’s Loyola Academy and D. G. Vaishnav College of Chennai. The dominant Vaishnav College scored an easy 25-18, 25-22, 25-24 win over their rivals couldn’t win a single game.
The Vaishnav players were impressive throughout the match. In the first game Loyola Academy levelled the score at 9 but their opponents reeled 12 continuous points to pull away. Loyola were in doldrums after Vaishnav clinched the lead in the second game too before eventually going down. However, the third game saw a tough fight as the teams traded points before Vaishnav clinched the issue at 25-24. Readmore