BMK Cup 2017: Bangladesh Navy continue their winning run

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Bangladesh Navy defeated Tribhuvan Army Club to record their fourth straight win at the BMK Cup 2017 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

One of the highly anticipated matches in the tournament attracted the biggest turnout so far. And it was every bit entertaining, at least for the neutral fans. As for the losing side, they’ll have one more chance to get one back when these two meet again on April 10.

Both Bangladesh Navy and Tribhuvan Army Club had three wins under their belt. Having played the nearest rival South Siders along the way and won, there was only one test for these two — that is to play each other. Although they will meet again the win is a boost for the Navy men, if not a measure of outright superiority.

Bangladesh Navy team’s overall size has been a major concern for all other teams, who either don’t have or not many tall players. And rightly so as it made a huge difference.

Bangladesh big men made crucial blocks just moments into the match and set the tone for the remainder of the first half. Army did have their own big two — Ajay Manandhar and Bikram Joshi; but they weren’t able to stop the likes of Mithun Kumar and Shamsuzzaman and Rasheduzzaman well enough.

Navy men were 23-11 up at the end of the first quarter and managed to keep the scores at almost twice that of Army throughout the first half.

Army point guard, Rabin Khatri, had played major role in most of their win so far finishing as highest scorer in all of their three wins. But coming up against towering figures with plenty of experience in Bangladesh Navy men, he didn’t have the same impact.

Army men, unfortunately, looked devoid of ideas at this point — unable to get past the Navy defense nor do much to stop them scoring.

Army regrouped and launched a fight back after the half-time break to lift the crowd. They closed the gap a little in the second half but it wasn’t enough.

Navy’s top scorer, Mithun Kumar, contributed 23 points in their win as did Shamsuzzaman. Rasheduzzaman scored 14 points.

Final score: Bangladesh Navy 77-69 Tribhuvan Army (23-12, 18-10, 19-22, 17-24).

In the earlier fixture of the day, South Siders recorded their second victory in the tournament with the defeat of Innovative Baneshwore 71-59.

Meanwhile in the women’s fixture, Prime College beat NCCS 60-25.