SXC Cup 2017: St. Xavier’s to meet Xavier Int’l in men’s semi-final

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Home team is set to meet Xavier Int’l College after both made it to the semi-final of this year’s St. Xavier’s College Basketball Tournament.

Hosts, St. Xavier’s defeated KIST College while Xavier Int’l sidelined British College as they booked their place in the men’s semi-final of the SXC Cup 2017.

St. Xavier’s vs KIST

KIST started strong… going neck and neck with the hosts… ending first quarter with a narrow lead. It was a big surprise considering, KIST had lost both matches in the group phase. KIST only made it to the quarter-final after Presidential Business School was disqualified for including two ineligible players in their squad.

The visitors continued piling pressure on the hosts in the second half. KIST boys looking every bit capable of causing an upset.

But they couldn’t keep up for much longer. By the end of second quarter, St. Xavier’s had turned the tide and went into half-time break on lead, albeit with just two points.

Come the second half, hosts finally raised their game building some gap between them and KIST. The hosts went on to add more margin as KIST performance nosedived.

Samip Karki scored 14 points (highest in the match) for the hosts as they booked their semi-final berth. Karki received the man of the match prize for his efforts.

Final score: St Xavier’s 44-26 KIST (07-10, 09-04, 14-07, 14-05).

Xavier Int’l vs British College

Just as in today’s first match, it was the underdog who was having the best start. British College had ironed out their defensive frailties and looked a good match in offense.

Score was neck and neck…ending first quarter tied at 16 points. Buoyed by their first quarter performance, British College went on to do one better in the second quarter… going on to open a gap of 6 points.

But they couldn’t press on. And when the defending champions stepped up their game, there wasn’t much that British College could do to stop them.

5 points from Binesh Neupane levelled the match at 38 points a piece in the first few minutes of the third quarter. And what followed pretty much sealed the game…. run of 14 points put Xavier Int’l firmly in control.

Few minutes into fourth quarter, the margin had grown to 21 points.

Black out at the venue few minutes prior to the final buzzer gave British College some time to regroup…but in the end, rest of the match proved no more than a formality.

Binesh Neupane went on to score 28 points (highest in the match) for Xavier Int’l. He was awarded the man of the match prize for his contribution.

Final score: Xavier Int’l 66-46 British College (16-16, 17-20, 24-06, 09-06).

The semi-final between St. Xavier’s and Xavier Int’l is scheduled for June 30.

Semi-final Fixtures: 

IST vs Ace – 4:30pm
St. Xavier’s vs Xavier Int’l – 6:00pm

Venue: St. Xavier’s School, Jawalakhel.