Capital College & Research Centre (CCRC) became the boys’ HISSAN Basketball tournament 2017 champions after defeating Xavier Int’l College in a close battle.
Xavier Int’l were on a high after their girls earned the title little over an hour earlier. And impressive jumpers from Dipendra Basnet and Ajung Rai which started off the boys’ final …made them look every bit on their way to a double. But few unforced errors let them down.
Defense was excellent on both sides. With CCRC big men, Manish KC and Rupak Kunwar, standing in the way Xavier Int’l found difficult to get on the inside. On the other side, Xavier defense did exactly the same to deny clean shots. Neither side dominated in any portion of the court to run away with the points.
Xavier Int’l suffered bit of a blow in the second quarter after Ajung Rai suffered cramp. It didn’t keep him off for long but there is always some impact when one of the best players is forced out even for a short period.
CCRC led at half-time and they continued to do so throughout the rest of the match. However, at the end of the third quarter the gap was just 4 points.
Xavier Int’l upped their fight in the final quarter. They were close…very close to a double. But they couldn’t hold their nerves.
Sandip Shrestha made a basic error towards the end to throw away a perfect chance to give Xavier some edge. He had done ever so well in the semis, but he was caught travelling just before he pulled the trigger after a fast break.
In the end Xavier Int’l boys had to settle for another runner up finish.
Final score: Xavier Int’l 39-40 CCRC (06-07, 07-09, 13-14, 13-10)
Highest scorer: Ajung Rai – 14 points (Xavier Int’l) / Rahul Kushwaha – 11 points (CCRC)
The winners, CCRC, were presented with medals, certificates and the trophy. Runner up, Xavier Int’l were also presented with medals and certificates along with the runner up trophy.
CCRC big boy, Manish KC, was chosen the MVP.
Contrary to what was said by the organisers at the announcement of the HISSAN Sports Week 2017, there were no other rewards for the top teams or the players.