The 72nd Indian Senior National Basketball Championship was held at Udaipur, Rajasthan from 27 Nov to 3 Dec, 2022. Punjab (men) and Indian Railways (women) emerged as champions after defeating Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.
Here are some photos I shot of the action.
Tamil Nadu employed ruthless pressure on both ends and tried to run their opponents out of the stadium. I tried to capture this to show how they tried to run their competition into the ground.
Brothers in arms share a moment at the final buzzer as Punjab lifts the trophy in the 72nd National Basketball Championship. Holding down the fort on defense and supplying consistent output on offense, @amjyot.gill and @amrit4basketball willed Punjab to another gold as they defeated the defending champions Tamil Nadu.
@madhubasketball10 and @dharshini_karasu of Indian Railways looking to put the clamps and wrest the ball away from @minnu_mariajoy of Kerala in the finals of the 72nd National Basketball Championship.
"The bond in our team is very strong. They all understand the importance of preparation and playing hard togehter. Seniors and juniors all respect each other and give 100% effort in every practice and game." "The positive mindset and mental toughness they carry is very important. Hum kisi team ko kum nahi samajhte and we respect and learn something from every opponent." "I'm very proud of our girls and am looking forward to seeing them get better."- Indian Railways team Assistant coach @manisha.s.dange. Congratulations to the Indian Railways Women's team, Head Coach Mr Nayak and the coaching staff on winning the gold at the 72nd National Basketball Championship.
Poonam Chaturvedi of Indian Railways utilizing her wingspan to grab a rebound and throw an outlet pass.
@nima_doma__ is blazing a trail for women in basketball in North East India. "I feel blessed for the opportunities. At the same time, I feel I have a responsibility to set an example for the young basketball players from North East India. There's so much talent here. I want them to not be afraid to dream big."- Nima.
Player of the tournament @gurbaz_sandhu99 had 31 points for Punjab in the finals with clutch shots as he broke the traps of stifling defense of Tamil Nadu. "We fought hard to win. We had some very tough games at the nationals this time. We had lost a chance to three-peat as champions when we lost to Tamil Nadu. This time, we were not going to let the game get away." "It's an honor to win, and now I want to three-peat with Punjab and also represent India and play for my country." - Gurbaz Singh Sandhu.
@thazuala1 goes reverse and up high to finish for Mizoram vs Haryana.
@stephy could not be stopped. She's a force for Kerala.
@prince.tyagii of Delhi flies in for a layup vs Uttarakhand in the 72nd Senior National Basketball Championship at Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Amjyot Singh Gill dunking all over Delhi in the 72nd National Basketball Championship at Udaipur, Rajasthan
@sahil.hooda16 sailing in for a layup for Services in the 72nd National Basketball Championship at Udaipur, Rajasthan.
@gaurav_bunny07 of Services just snakes under the defense to fly and lay one in against Indian Railways in the 72nd National Basketball Championship.
Aravind Annadurai powers his way to score for Tamil Nadu in the 72nd National Basketball Championship at Udaipur, Rajasthan
Lokendra Singh of Rajasthan dribbles past Kerala in the 72nd National Basketball Championship at Udaipur, Rajasthan
One team, one dream. Punjab emerged victorious over Tamil Nadu in the finals of the 72nd National Basketball Championship at Udaipur, Rajasthan.
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