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Tata Steel centre wins basketball meet

- Five cagers in state team for national tie

Tata Steel Training Centre (TSTC) has bagged the 12th Sub-junior State Basketball Championship (boys and girls) title in the boys category with five of the players making it to the state side for an upcoming national meet.

The event was held at Delhi Public School, Dhanbad, from April 13 to 15.

The young hoopsters of TSTC defeated Jamshedpur (36-21) in the summit clash of the boys’ category with Rajat Sarkar and Md Adil emerging top scorers with 10 points each. The winning team maintained a firm grip over the match from the start and eventually claimed the title with elan. Besides Rajat and Adil, Samiran Sarkar and Rajat Singh also played a part in TSTC’s journey to the final.

The Dhanbad meet offered a platform to the cagers to bag berths in the state team for sub-junior national championship to be held later this year and Rajat, Samiran, Adil, Rudra Pratap Pun and Sujit Kumar were able to make the cut.

Coached by J.P. Singh, the TSTC squad has always proved a point in state championships. Strict training schedule and adequate infrastructure, not to forget Singh’s vast experience, helped the trainees, in the age group of 12 to 14, improve their skills.

“I am very happy with the outcome. I usually set short targets while preparing the boys for state championships. I also picked some new boys for the meet. They played extremely well,” said the coach.

A budding cager, Adil said he was glad to be on the winning side. “I train regularly at JRD Tata Sports Complex. I love basketball,” he added.


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