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Schools eye net gain in basketball tourney

Budding cagers will once again dribble on the court and court slam-dunk victories.

The city’s much-awaited annual inter-school basketball championship of Jamshedpur Old Girls’ and Guys’ Association (Jogga) has been scheduled at JRD Tata Sports Complex from December 14 to 18.

Tata Steel sports department is organising the five-day championship.

In ties for both boys and girls, the teams will be divided into age groups of Under-15 and between 15 and 19 years.

“Interested Jogga-affiliated schools are requested to send their entry confirmations before December 7,” said Jogga promoter Avinash Kumar.

While the girls will be seen in action on the first two days, December 14 and 15, the boys will play on December 15 to 18.

City-based Pradeep Mukherjee has been appointed chief referee of the championship.

Besides basketball, Jogga also hosts football, chess, athletics, volleyball and handball events.

But its basketball tourney attracts a good audience. Supporters — students, parents, coaches, alumni and basketball fans — brave the morning chill to root for favourite school teams.

“Reporting time is 7.30 am sharp. Matches start from 8 am onwards,” Kumar added. “We pride ourselves on our punctuality.”

As cagers know too well, there’s nothing like some hot chase and strategic throws to beat the morning shivers. Victory only adds to the warmth.