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Stallions, Orca, TMB in OBT semifinals

Stallions, Orca, TMB in OBT semifinals
Players of Team Ocra (black) and St. Joseph’s College in action on Friday. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, May 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/17/2019 11:30:41 AM IST

Defending champions Stallions, Taurus,Team Mystic Ballers (TMB) and Amplified entered the semifinals of the 11th Open Basketball Tournament (OBT) at the Khuochiezie, Kohima local gound on Friday. 

In the semifinal on Saturday, Stallions will face TMB while Amplified will take on Team Orca. 

The annual week-long tournament is organized by Suncity Kohima in association with the Nagaland Basketball Association.

Stallions continued their dominance by registering four straight wins on its way to last four by hammering Jumpers 90-29.

Undefeated and consistent throughout the tournament Team Orca beat St. Joseph’s College 80-62. 

Team Mystic Ballers managed to pull through with a victory over Taurus. 

Taurus, who lost to TMB in the last year semifinals, again went down fighting to the same opponent. 

Taurus slow game in the third quarter helped TMB regained momentum. In a closely encountered match, TMB look solid in the first set as they took the lead with 21-17 points.

But the second quarter belonged to Taurus, and they took the lead in the second quarter 39-34 points. The thrilling encounter of the third set saw both sides tied at 56-56. But in the fourth quarter, TMB took the deserving lead and won 74-65 at the end of final whistle. 

In the last quarterfinal match, Amplified pull off a remarkable comeback in the last set to win the match against Elite Basketball Team 66-62.

Elite team took the lead 16-7 over Amplified in the first set and continued the lead in second set with 32-24 points. 

Elite team made it look easy as they continued to take the lead 50-39 in third set. 

But Amplified made a remarkable comeback and with just six minutes remaining on the clock, both teams were tied at 52- 52 points. 

With 49 seconds left in the last set, the match again was tied at 62-62 points, but Amplified got better with their crowd in favour as they scored four more points to win the match. 

On Friday, Alongla Kaurinta, Deputy Commandant 10th IRB  was the match patron. 

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