Goldengate Int’l College and Himalaya College reached the semi-final of the men’s KCM Basketball Bash 2017 in the expense of British College and Araniko College respectively.
In the last remaining group match of the women’s game, Prime Gorillas defeated the hosts, Kathmandu College of Management (KCM).
Goldengate vs British
Goldengate were much better than their counterpart in defense….with Manish Raj and Saurav doing a fine job. They put on good blocks and dominated majority of the rebounds which got them plenty of possession.
In offense, Goldengate agile players like Sidhartha Maharjan weren’t allowed to make his signature move — power drive through the land and shoot from the right — but still managed get their fair share of the basket. And when the doors were closed on the right, it opened up on the left of the paint for Bikram Dangol… who looked devastatingly good.
Goldengate opened up a good margin of 8 points at the end of the first quarter. Although British College closed the gap in the early part of the second quarter, Goldengate stamped their authority quickly as they continued to build on their lead.
Goldengate went on to do more damage in the remainder of the game to book their place in the semi-final. Sidhartha Maharjan contributed 17 points for Goldengate, closely followed by 14 points from Bikram Dangol.
Final score: Goldengate 58-44 British (14-06, 16-13, 17-08, 11-17).
Himalaya vs Araniko
Araniko shooter, Nischal Maharjan, was a handful in the first few minutes. Although Himalaya College put a dedicated guard on him…it proved fruitless in the first quarter. Himalaya took some time to get used to the constant switch and while they eventually guarded Nischal, it freed up space on the back door for the likes of Soman.
Scores were neck and neck for most part of the first quarter though….Araniko just about leading before the break.
However, things changed quickly as Himalaya College went on to dominate the second quarter and with that a change in lead….. Closely guarding Nischal finally paying of for Himalaya College.
Come the second half, Araniko desperately tried to get back on top but to no avail. While Himalaya players such as Ashish Basnet, Ankit Bhandari and Rajeev were fairly consistent throughout the game…Araniko players weren’t. As the game wore on, Araniko shot accuracy dropped in relation to the number of attempts.
Araniko received some encouragement in the final two minutes, with Himalaya College top shooter, Ashish Basnet committing his fifth foul but not before contributing 15 points for his team.
Araniko boys closed the gap down to 4 points in the end. Despite some one always shadowing him, Nischal went on to score 18 points for Araniko College while Soman scored 12 points.
But it wasn’t Araniko day…. as Himalaya College held on to their lead.
Final score: Himalaya 52-48 Araniko (09-12, 17-08, 14-15, 12-13).
In the only women’s match of the day, Prime Gorillas annihilated KCM ladies in a completely one sided match. Had they not relaxed a bit in the second half it could’ve been worse for the hosts.
There wasn’t much to play for either side though….as Prime College had already reached the semi-final as group winners. And KCM exit was confirmed the day before.
In the end it was no more than a shooting practice for the 7 times NeBA champions. Sony Waiba was the highest scorer for the second time in the competition with 18 individual points.
Final score: KCM 12-72 Prime
Rest of the Men’s quarter-final fixtures (Friday May 12):
- KCM vs Saipal – 12:00 pm
- SANN vs Times – 3:00 pm
Prime College vs Brooklyn – 1:30 pm (Friday May 12)