Prime College win Gyan Niketan Cup 2017

Prime College GNC2017 Champions

Prime College boys became the Gyan Niketan Cup 2017 champions after defeating Xavier Int’l College in the final.

In a exceptionally high tempo game, Prime College sidelined Xavier Int’l with a margin more than anyone could’ve predicted.

These two have come head to head in numerous occasions. Their last meeting was at the group stages of the Xavier Int’l Cup where Prime College got a one up on their rivals but Xavier went on to win the title. Prior to that each had won on their home court.

This time round it was all Prime College from the start. They looked much more energetic and dominated in all aspects of the game. Their defense, exceptionally executed….closing down quicker than their opponents could organise their attack. Won majority of rebounds. And in offense they had plenty who could score with four of their players scoring in double digits. They did have a slight advantage in that Xavier Int’l is competing in two fronts — other one at the HISSAN Cup.

Paras Yonjan Prime College
Paras Yonjan (Centre) on the rebound

Prime College built up a healthy lead of 9 points by the end of the first quarter and added a few more in the two quarters that followed. Xavier Int’l boys were lost for ideas. Unable to breakdown Prime defense.

Xavier Int’l shooter, Ajung Rai, gave them a flicker of hope at the start of the final quarter. He worked his nimble frame to get couple of steals and added quick 4 points. But any dream of a comeback was dashed away as quickly as Rai’s two baskets.

Ajung Rai Pralhad Basnet
Ajung Rai steals from Pralhad Basnet

Unfortunately for Xavier Int’l boys, their nemesis wasn’t having any of that. Prime College stamped their authority before their opponents could gain any confidence from Ajung’s steals.

Pralhad Basnet Prime College
Pralhad Basnet power drive.

Prime College went on to score 16 points in the remainder of the game — 6 points each from Pralhad and Diprish; and rest from Suraj and Paras. Xavier Int’l managed to add just 3 points in the same time period as they settled for a runner up place.

Both winners and the runner ups were awarded the trophy, medals and the certificates. The MVP award went to Pralhad Basnet.

GNC 2017 MVP Pralhad Basnet
Pralhad Basnet collecting MVP award from FIBA referee and member of NeBA central committee, Raj Kumar Maharjan.

Final score:

Prime 61-40 Xavier Int’l (19-10, 11-10, 15-13, 16-07).
Highest scorer: Pralhad Basnet – 17 points.