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3464Basketball gets a boost : State Championship Gets Record Number Of Entries

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  • Sandeep Heble
    Sep 27, 2013
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      Basketball gets a boost
      State Championship Gets Record Number Of Entries

      The Goa Basketball Association can claim a victory of sorts, a victory
      whose resonance counts for much more than the record 22 teams in the
      men's section and seven in the girls section for the State Basketball
      Championship later this week.

      "I did not expect such a fantastic response," admitted GBA President
      Fr Ralin De Souza as he took time off from a hectic day that included
      shooting off letters to the Lusofonia Games Organizing committee and
      meeting up with the Sports Authority of Goa(SAG) executive director
      Sandip Jacques.

      The State Basketball Championship was shrouded in doubt after the
      rival group - - Association of Goan Basketball who claim that they are
      the legal body - - issued a diktat to Lusofonia Games probables,
      warning them against participation in the championship.

      Sadly, the response from clubs, and the subsequent team-lists, should
      encourage the GBA that their project is right on track.

      "We have got the team lists from participating clubs and except for
      three four players from the Lusofonia Games probables, all (others)
      will take part," said Fr Ralin.

      The State basketball championship has not been held for ages, thanks
      largely to a dormant GBA that has now been revived with Fr Ralin at
      the helm.

      Even at its peak, and when tournaments were being conducted at regular
      intervals, a maximum of 16 teams have taken part.

      In the women's category, three to four teams were the norm, although
      for some tournaments the organisers were forced to have an exhibition
      tie, simply because there were just two teams willing to take part.

      "We have to wait and see how many of the teams will continue to be
      regulars but for a start, this is encouraging," said the GBA chief.

      Teams like Goa Institute of Management(Sanquelim), BITS, Padre
      Conceicao College(PCC), Farmagudi Basketeers, Saligao Foxes, Friends
      of Basketball, Rangers(Porvorim), Vasco Pacers, Fr Agnel, Verna are
      all taking a shot at the championship for the first time. Except for
      YMCA Knights, all other regulars have confirmed participation.

      Based on performances in the championship, the GBA will select a group
      of 24 probables in each category for the National Basketball
      Championship in Delhi.

      The probables will go through a short camp to trim down the probables
      to 15, while an intensive coaching camp will follow.

      The State championship will commence on September 28 with four matches
      lined up for the first three days. The final is slotted for October 4.

      Times of India, Goa Sep 27 Edition