Hosts, Goldengate College defeated Liverpool College to become champions of the first Goldengate Veterans Basketball Tournament.
Goldengate had a slight edge in that they boasted two players, Bipen and Karma who are still highly regarded in Nepali basketball. But then Liverpool weren’t short of big names. Ajay is still playing among the best and fit again Paresh Shrestha is a force to be reckoned with. Liverpool obviously had the height advantage….just not as much stamina.
Although Goldengate were touted as the favorites in the tournament, if the league phase meeting between the two was anything to go by, it was going to be tight. And so it did.
Both sides took a bit to get going….missing quite a bit of shots in the beginning of the match. First quarter ended honours even with just 9 points a piece….but when things picked up it was Liverpool who looked the better of the two as they opened a 5 point gap. Towards the first few minutes of the third quarter it was looking as though we might see a shocker another…that Liverpool who finished behind Goldengate in the league phase might just take the honours. But Goldengate soon caught off.
Fourth quarter saw the two go neck and neck exchanging lead couple of times. However with time running out Manish Lama’s three pointer proved to be the last time Liverpool would be on lead as Goldengate guard Bipendra Maharjan followed up with three pointer of his own. That pretty much sealed the win for the hosts. And along with it a cash prize of Rs 50,000 along with winner’s trophy and medals.
Liverpool go home with Rs 25,000 in cash for their runner-up place along with medals and runner-up trophy.
Bipendra Maharjan won the MVP award which came with a round ticket to Hong Kong.
Final score: Goldengate 60-54 Liverpool (09-09, 15-20, 13-10, 23-15)
Highest scorer: Bipendra Maharjan – 23 points.