Prime cruise to semi-finals

Kathmandu, January 21:

Prime Sports Club advanced to the women’s section semi-finals while Kaski made it to the last eight in the men’s section here at the Trinity National Basketball Championship today.

Prime overwhelmed White House International College 70-28 to record their second consecutive victory and entered the last four from Group ‘B’ after Xavier International pulled out of the tournament.

Prime were at their best against White House scoring 16, 22, 10 and 22 in each of the four quarters while restricting their opponents to 6, 5, 7 and 10 in respective quarters. Gyanu Sherchan top scored with 26 points for Prime. In another girls’ match, Orient were winners by default after Xavier’s withdrawal.

In the men’s section, Kaski entered the quarter-finals without playing their match against Rupandehi, who have already pulled out of the tournament. Kaski advanced as runners up to Times Club in Group ‘C’.

In other men’s matches of the day, Reunited edged past Sunsari 50-43 in Group ‘A’, White House eased to a 70-35 win over JB College in Group ‘B’ and Revolver saw off Chitwan 43-25 in Group ‘D’.

Reunited trailed Sunsari by four points in the first quarter before bouncing back to score crucial points in the second. Reunited managed 15 to that of nine of their opponents in the second quarter. Although, Sunsari scored better (8 and 10) in the last two quarters than Reunited ( 7 and 9), the latter won the match by seven points. Karma Gurung contributed 16 for Reunited.

In another match, White House sensed victory within their reach after the first two quarters when they opened up a 34-point lead against JB College. They accumulated 17 and 26 while giving away only seven and two points in the first two quarters. JB salvaged some pride by scoring better (17) than their opponents (12) in the third quarter as White House completed the formality by scoring 15 against the nine of JB College in the last quarter. Nabin Shrestha top scored with 28 for the winners.

Revolver also had a fairly easy job dispatching Chitwan. Revolver opened their account

by scoring eight points in the first quarter before adding further 12, 9 and 14 in the

last three quarters. Chitwan never scored in double figures starting with five and added 8, 6 and 6 in the remaining quarters. Ulden chipped in with 11 points for the winners.