Saipal Academy and the hosts, Angel’s Heart School/College have reached the girls’ final of the first edition of the Angel’s Heart U-18 basketball tournament.
Saipal Academy booked their place in the final after winning all four of their matches in a group of five teams which included Angel’s Heart, NASA College, Xavier Int’l College and National Creative Co-educational School (NCCS). While the hosts, Angel’s Heart, made it through as group runner-up winning three losing one….to eventual group winners, Saipal.
In their final fixtures today, Saipal Academy earned an easy win against NCCS in the late fixture. Prior to that the hosts fought off NASA College to earn their third victory.
NASA vs Angel’s Heart
Starting five in both teams included players who have acquired good amount of experience in the women’s open basketball tournaments as well as the higher secondary school (currently known as Secondary Education) basketball.
Half court pressure defense by the hosts, Angel’s Heart, kept NASA shooters in control to begin with. Towards the end of the first quarter, Angel’s Heart girls led 8-2.
There were some confusion in Angel’s Heart defense with tracking their markers. And a lot of the outside shots didn’t come off for them…specially given the fact some of the girls — Sabita, Bishnu and Muna have built up quite the reputation for it in their age group. Unfortunately for NASA none of that did much damage to the hosts.
NASA made some improvement after the half-time break. Anisha Basnet forced her way through on the left…despite excellent defending by the hosts, she was able to score with left-handed lobbed shots…. scoring 9 points (13 in the match) in the third quarter. But no luck in closing the gap.
Come the fourth quarter, hosts added more to the margin as they booked their place in the final.
Final score: NASA 17-33 Angel’s Heart (04-08, 02-05, 11-10, 00-10).
Highest scorer: Bishnu Darlami Magar – 9 points.
Saipal vs NCCS
NCCS team is primarily made up of new faces…Coach Acharya choosing to give the new comers more experience. While Saipal featured players who had already gained some experience at women’s open basketball despite their young age…as well as boasting Nepal international, Shreya Khadka, in their line up. So there was only one outcome…another win for Saipal.
Even without Khadka in the starting five, Saipal youngsters were head and shoulders above their rivals…leading comfortably. When Khadka joined in mid-way through the second quarter things just got easier.
Saipal opened a 10 point margin in the first quarter and added similar margin on each of the subsequent quarters to take the win and finish as group winners.
Pratikshya Magar and Roshani Shrestha who had done fairly well back at the KCM Bash 2017 with Brooklyn College were on the money…getting in on the double digit scoreline. While the rest of the team looked in good finesse…and with Khadka by their side, that quite easily puts them as favorites in the tournament to lift the trophy.
Final score: Saipal 51-13 NCCS (12-02, 13-01, 16-04, 10-06).
Highest scorer: Pratikshya Magar – 17 points.
In the boys’ category, Prime College, Liverpool College, Xavier Int’l, NeBA ‘B’, Jubilant College and Times College have booked their place in the quarter-finals. Two more places still up for grabs.