SXC Cup 2017: PEC triumph over Apex; home side defeat NATHM

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Pulchowk Engineering College (PEC) cameback from behind to earn victory over Apex College while the hosts proved a class above NATHM on day 2 of the St. Xavier’s Inter-College Basketball Tournament.

PEC boys did well to stay close to Apex after going 6 points behind in the first quarter but they had to wait for some time before they could turn the tide.

If the subsequent two quarters were anything to go by, Apex had the win in the bag. Apex were leading by 10 points (43-33) in the early part of the fourth quarter. But a strong challenge from PEC, there after, denied Apex the win.

PEC with a fairly good crowd behind them mounted a good challenge as they made their way to a unexpected comeback — holding Apex to their 43 points.

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Pulchowk Engineering College basketball fans celebrate after Kishor Kafle equalise.

Soon enough Kishor Kafle, who went on to finish the game as highest scorer with 28 individual points, equalised for PEC. And a three pointer from (possibly) Gaurav Khadka settled the win for PEC in the dying seconds.

Final score: Apex 43-46 PEC (14-08, 08-07, 15-15, 06-10).

In the second match of the day, St. Xavier’s College earned an easy win over Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM).

The hosts completely dominated the game right from the start and never looked back as they went on to win their first match in style. NATHM, unfortunately, were found wanting….needs a lot of work…

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Samip Karki (St Xavier’s College).

Final score: St Xavier’s 46-17 NATHM (11-00, 12-07, 10-06, 13-04).
Highest scorer: Samip Karki – 15 points.

In the opening fixture (yesterday) which we were unable to cover, International School of Tourism (IST) defeated Presidential Business School (PBS) in the men’s category. While in the women’s category, hosts St. Xavier’s defeated Apex.

Results from day 1:

PBS 46-50 IST (04-04, 14-15, 11-19, 17-12).
Highest scorer: Rabin Gautam – 17 points.

St Xavier’s 20-16 Apex (03-05, 06-02, 05-07, 06-02).
Highest scorer: Marmita Upreti – 7 points.