Mumbai: Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Uttarakhand underlined their supremacy over Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Chennai by posting a convincing 70-52 win in the men’s final of the UPL 9th Savio Cup All-India Basketball Tournament, sponsored by Tridhaatu Realty and Indian Oil and being organized by the Don Bosco Recreation Centre.
Inspired by the brilliance of Trideep Rai, ONGC who trailed 15-20 in the first quarter fought back gallantly and dominated the remaining three quarters to turn things around. Rai from a quick counter converted a basket on the stroke of half-time to put ONGC ahead at 31-29. Thereafter, Rai continued to work his magic on the court and with good support from the temperamental Yadwinder Singh and the versatile Vishesh Bhrugavasnhi, he ensured ONGC emerge triumphant at the floodlit Don Bosco High School courts, Matunga, late on Saturday evening.
The Chennai team showed plenty of promise at the start and also gained the advantage till almost the end of the second quarter. However, they were unable to carry the momentum into the second half and with ONGC applying pressure, the IOB side caved in rather tamely.Rai was ONGC’s leading scorer with 22 points, including three three-pointers. Yadwinder Singh (19), Vishesh Bhrugavanshi (13) were the others who made decent contributions towards the win. For IOB only P. Rikin (12 points) and P. Venkatesh (10) managed to get going.