Peace Zone beat Public Youth Campus in a thriller
Himalayan News Service
Kathmandu, June 28:
Saroj Shrestha netted the last two-pointer as Peace Zone Club defeated Public Youth Campus (PYC) 74-67 in a competitive showdown at the second Annual Father Watrin Men’s Basketball Championships, which has been organised by Godavari Alumni Association (GAA) in association with The Himalayan Times, here at GAA Hall, today. Peace Zone started
off well with a 17 points lead in the first quarter, making it 25-8. But the PYC shooters restricted Peace Zone to 20 points, leading the second quarter with 23 points by the end of the second quarter. In a competitive set, Peace Zone Club could add only eight points and Public Youth had 16 points to lead the third quarter 16-8. Both the teams had eight minutes to decide the winner in the last quarter. The match saw Peace Zone leading with three points when it was four minutes away from the final whistle. But Prem Sundar Lama netted a three-pointer to level the score 61-61.
Lama had a two-pointer to give his team a two-points lead. Public Youth had 65 points and Peace Zone were halted at 61 points after Saram Shahi scored a two-pointer with only two minutes and six seconds remaining. Public Youth’s Saroj Shrestha netted two points for technical foul and pulled the score up, making it 63-65. Soon, the fourth quarter was tied at 65 points after the highest scorer Rabin Khadgi, who scored 21 points, of Peace Zone netted two free throws. With one minute and 13 seconds remaining, Nabin Maharjan’s two-pointer helped PYC lead. But Rabin Khadgi added four points and Rabin Khatri scored five points, giving Peace Zone a 72-67 lead. In another match, Pol Bikram Ale top-scored with 16 points but could not save KAB4 from going down 51-57 to Ace Flyers. Jivan Lamgade and Laxman Rai netted 14 points each for the winners. Also, Sadhish Pradhan, with four three-pointers, scored 20 points to help the Galaxian beat STXC Team XI 50-38.