Prime College ladies defeated Whitehouse College at the final match of the BMK Cup 2017 women’s basketball tournament to win this year’s title.
Prime Gorillas needed to win by at least a margin of 3 points to secure the title after losing out to the defending champions, Whitehouse, by 2 points in their previous meeting. And they just about did it.
Whether it was the scorching mid-day heat or the nerve playing havoc, neither side were at their best with their shooting in the first half. Shreya Khadka missed a simple lay up on a fast break at the very start of the match and every body else started missing on both sides. The score at the end of the first quarter was just 4 a piece.
Constantly changing Prime College offense was — time and again — able to penetrate the Whitehouse defense but shooting let them down collecting just six points in the second quarter.
However, it was still better than their opponents who didn’t add any points on the board in the same period. Whitehouse forward, Sujata Rai, had to sit out after picking up a knock which may have affected a little.
Things improved for Whitehouse in the third quarter with Malla Thakuri sisters — Anusha and Alisha — scoring 10 points between them. While Sujata, back on court, added a basket.
But Prime ladies did the same on the other side. Sabita Khadka who missed previous matches due to college exams scoring 5 points while Sneha, Luniva and Alina adding the rest.
Things were looking a lot more lively in the fourth quarter. Players who seemed to miss a lot were starting to get on the score sheets but the time was running out for Whitehouse. They managed to close the gap down to 4 points from 7 towards the end. But Prime College held on to win the match and the title with their superior score difference.
Sneha Shrestha finished the match as highest scorer with 11 points to her name while Sabita went on to score 10 points.
Prime College point guard / power forward Bhawana Lama won the MVP award for her contribution in the tournament.
Final score: Prime 31-27 Whitehouse (04-04, 06-00, 11-12, 11-12).