SXC Cup 2017: Ace to meet Pulchowk; British College face Xavier Int’l in men’s quarter-final

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Ace Institute of Management earned an easy win against British College to top Group B of the ongoing St. Xavier’s College Basketball Tournament 2017.

Ace Institute took a minute or two to get in front….once they did, they didn’t look back as they opened a gap of 9 points at the end of the first quarter. They went on to add a some more distance between them and their opponent, British College, in the subsequent quarters.

Unfortunately, British College didn’t have the quality needed to put on a good fight. Offensively they couldn’t get past Ace defense as much. And without the outside threat there wasn’t much they could do. Add to that their defending had fundamental flaw. Almost all the players were caught ball watching, which made it easy for Ace to make room on the help side. British College boys couldn’t even guard players within the paint since all eyes were on the ball and not the opponents.

In the end Ace Institute proved a class above British College.

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Ashish Singh receives man of the match prize.

Highest scorer (16 points) in the match, Ashish Singh collected the man of the match prize for the second time in the tournament.

Both teams had already qualified for the next round. But the top finish means, Ace will meet relatively easier opponent Pulchowk Engineering College (Group D runner up), in the quarter-final. British College, will have to contend with the defending champions Xavier Int’l College (Group D winner) for a place in the semi-final.

Final score: Ace 44-26 British College (18-09, 04-04, 12-08, 10-04).

Other quarter-finalists includes, St. Xavier’s, PBS KIST, IST and NATHM.

In another match today, Xavier Int’l College ladies defeated the hosts, St. Xavier’s College to stamp their authority a head of the final where they’ll meet again.

St. Xavier’s ladies had put on a scintillating performance to beat Pulchowk in their previous fixture. But coming against the women’s defending champions, it was time for reality check. Sadly they were made to look rather ordinary by the champs who are vastly experienced in comparison.

Needless to say the Xavier Int’l ladies led from the start and in each quarter as they won with a margin 22 points.

Maya Rai and Shanti Shrestha did their usual in the offensive end. Maya Rai finished the game as highest scorer with 16 individual points. Sabina Magar — who was in top form in defense….going on to collect most of the rebounds at both ends — won the player of the match prize.

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Sabina Magar receives player of the match prize.

Final score: St. Xavier’s 23-45 Xavier Int’l (08-13, 07-16, 03-08, 05-08).

Men’s quarter-final fixture:

June 28

IST vs NATHM – 4:30pm
Ace vs Pulchowk – 6:00pm

June 29

St Xavier’s vs KIST – 4:30pm
Xavier Int’l vs British – 6:00pm