Knockout stage set at international school basketball tournament

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TushRegional rivalry: Delhi Private School’s Aadit (r) blocks an attempt at the basket from Arpit of Ahlcon Delhi.

Delhi Private School Sharjah, Ahl­con School Delhi, Montfort Delhi and Indian High School Dubai advanced to the quarter-finals of the International Inter-school Sundeep Batavia Memorial Basket­ball tournament.

The Under-18 boys’ tournament is being organised by DPS Sharjah.

In an exciting match against DPS, Ahlcon Delhi secured a spec­tacular 60-41 win to top Group B. The visitors scored most of their attempts at the basket and from free throws.

With the visitors exerting full court pressure throughout the match, DPS failed to capitalise their chances.

The tall and tough Delhi boys also excelled on the rebounds and coun­ter-attacks.

DPS’ three-point specialist Tush­ar was well restricted by Nipun and, at the same time, Daniel made the most of his under-basket chances for Ahlcon.

Udit was impressive from the three-point area for the away side, scoring seven baskets from far out for 21 points for Ahlcon.

Daniyal added 18, while Arpit scored 14 for the victors.

For DPS, Joseph Thomas top-scored with 12, Tushar Ravisankar scored nine points and Tanay Maheswari netted eight points.

In a neck-and-neck match which extended into extra time, Indian High School (IHS) defeated Mont­fort Delhi 87-77 points to go top of Group A.

In regulation time the score ended level at 77-77 but in the additional five minutes, Indi­an High School tightened their defence and shut out their visiting opponents.

Aakash Mahajan (32) and Ahraz Asad (30) were almost unstoppable as they scored the bulk of the points for IHS, while Shourya Prasan (23), Paarth Sharma (17) and Aditya (16) were on the scoresheet for Mont­fort Delhi.

Both teams have now advanced to quarter-final stage.

Results of other matches include (boys): Sharjah Indian School 28 Emirates National School 26; DPS Dubai 32 NIMS Sharjah 26; OOHS Al Warqa 42 The Millennium School 26; Montfort Delhi 50 The Millennium School 38.

Elsewhere, the quarter-final line-up in the girls’ category sees Mont­fort taking on Winchester Dubai, St Mary’s playing against The Millen­nium School, DPS Sharjah locking horns with Gulf Indian High School Dubai and a Dubai derby between Gems OOEHS and Gems Modern.

Finally, in cricket, DPS Kuwait defeated Gulf Indian High School Dubai by 19 runs to reach the last eight of the International Inter-school Sundeep Batavia Memorial Cricket tournament for U12 boys.

In 15 overs, DPS scored 104 with GIHS making 85 in response. Jude scored 38 runs from 34 balls for Ku­wait.

In another cricket match, Gems Our Own HS Dubai defeated NIMS Sharjah by five wickets.

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