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ONGC beat Indian Overseas Bank, retain Savio Cup title

Mumbai: Defending champions Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Dehradun, trounced arch rivals Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Chennai 63-53 to lift the 10th Savio Cup All-India Basketball Tournament here yesterday.

The ONGC team pose with the trophy
The ONGC team pose with the trophy 

International Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, who scored 17 points, once again played the lead role, while seasoned Anoop M chipped in with 10 points for ONGC in the men's final of the Rs 5 lakh prize fund event held at Don Bosco School court in Matunga. For IOB, Prasanna Venkatesh scored 11 points while Amjyot Singh and Mihir Pandey, contributed 10 points each.

Star-studded ONGC put up a better display as compared to their southern rivals and held an edge in the proceedings. On the other hand, IOB lacked coordination and consistency and as a result they were not able to match their superior opponents. The Chennai cagers also made far too many errors, in both attack and defence, and wasted easy lay-ups, which proved to be their undoing.

The oilmen exploited the situation and capitalised on the openings to find the hoop at regular intervals to establish a 19-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. The hoopsters from Dehradun continued to control the reins in the second and finished the first half with a healthy 31-16 advantage, which they maintained till the end.

After play resumed IOB showed an improvement in their game, but it was not good enough to put pressure on the ONGC players.

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