Xavier Int’l defeated Team Budhanilakantha Municipality second time in a matter of three days at the Kwik’s Basketball League (KBL) 2018.
It was a rather sluggish start for the hosts, Xavier Int’l though. They couldn’t break on the inside much and they weren’t lucky with their outside shots in the first quarter.
On the other hand the visitors got 3 treys, two of them from fit again Pushpa Raut, which helped Budhanilakantha open up a healthy lead of 11 points.
Xavier Int’l didn’t improve much in offense in the second quarter either. But their defense did hold well to close the gap. In fact, neither side was able to score for about four minutes into the second quarter. Field goals did come about after a time-out and Xavier Int’l got slightly the better portion.
Come the third quarter, Xavier Int’l finally got going. Caught up with the visitors and went on to lead by 10 points mid-way through the third quarter. But once again they let their guard off and the gap was reduced down to 4.
The worry that Xavier Int’l might just lose it in the end lingered once again but just as they did in their previous match against the same opponents, they held on to take the win.
Final score: Xavier 63-56 Budhanilakantha (Box score)
The win lifts Xavier Int’l out of the foot of the KBL 2018 table into 6th place equal on points with Budhanilakantha who moves down to 7th.
Ajay Kushwaha went on to win the Player of the Game prize for the second time in the league for his contribution of 20 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Binesh Neupane, who has found form lately, also got the double double (10 points and 12 rebounds)
For the visitors, Pushpa Raut, Tejendra Gurung and Biraj Rana were in the double digit scoreline.
Budhanilakantha head coach, Upendra Rawat, was not available for comment after the game but the a lot of his players were very disgruntled and unhappy with refereeing decisions.
Meanwhile, Xavier Int’l head coach, Nripesh Shrestha, said, the reason for poor performance in the first quarter was due to lack of co-ordination.
Regarding their next match against Goldengate, Shrestha, “We’ll play to win. I hope for a win.”
In the early fixture today, SDC Himalayan Hounds entertained BMC South Siders, their second meeting in two days. Hounds had defeated Siders away, two days ago and they repeated the feat today. (Box score)