Taurus, Stallions lead OBT; quarter finals to begin
Kohima, May 10 (EMN):Defending champions Taurus and Stallions were undefeated till the last day of the league matches and have now entered the quarter finals of the ongoing 10th edition of the Open Basketball Tournament (OBT). The six-day tournament is organised by the Nagaland Basketball Association and Suncity Kohima here at Khuociezie local ground in Kohima.
In the first match Cretan Bulls defeated Ophidians 68-36. But their undefeated streak came to end on Thursday as defending champion Taurus trounced Cretan Bulls 76-49 and handed Cretan Bull their first defeat in the league in the fifth match while the Stallions hammered Last Kings 74-57 in the third match to remain unbeaten.
Mission Giants overpowered S Naga Trouncers by 36-29 in the second match and got their berth for the quarter-finals. Mission Giants continue to suffer as Ophidians edge past them 34-31 in the last match of the league round.
Akelos lost their lone match of the day as TMB notched up a 63-35 win in the 4th match.
Last Kings lost both two matches on Thursday after Stallions overpowered them 74 -57 in the 3rd match and Ephraim beating them 64-56 in the 6th match respectively.
After Thursday’s match, Last Kings, Akelos and S Naga Trouncers are out of the tournament as they continue to suffer in the hands of the rival teams. Meanwhile, the other six teams namely Cretan Bulls, Ephraim, Mission Giants, Ophidians, Orca and TMB also book their berth for quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, match patron Colo Mero, director of Life Sports and proprietor of Dimori Cove, entrepreneur and social worker and special guest Neitho-o Kuotsu, Deputy Director, department of Fisheries attended the tournament on Thursday. The first quarterfinal match on Friday will commence at 1:00pm, the organisers informed.
QF fixture for Friday
1st match: Taurus Vs Ephraim
2nd match: Stallions Vs Mission Giants
3rd match: TMB Vs Ophidians
4th match: Cretan Bulls Vs Orca