Dimapur, 27 October (MTNews): The Second MS Ahluwalia Memorial Basketball Tournament got underway on Thursday at the JV Foundation Basketball court in Signal Angami, Dimapur, organized by the Dimapur District Basketball Association. A total of 19 teams, including 14 men and 5 women teams are vying for the champions’ trophy from 26-28 October 2023.

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In his welcome address, Imchenchang Imchen, Vice President of DDBA stated that basketball is more than just a game. “It is a symbol of passion, determination, teamwork, and unity. It brings together individuals from all walks of life, transcending boundaries and fostering a sense of friendship. It teaches us important life lessons – resilience in the face of adversity, the value of hard work, and the joy of achieving goals both individually and as a team,” he said.

Bendang Lemtur, IGP (Retd.), Nagaland Police, graced the opening ceremony as the special guest. In his address, he mentioned that the Late MS Ahluwalia, a veteran and distinguished Air Force officer was a man of few words, hardworking and a very disciplined man. He said, “Keeping in mind what Late Ahluwalia was, this tournament should live up to that expectation”.

He also expressed his delight in witnessing the growing popularity of the game of basketball amongst other sports in the state. He encouraged the players to demonstrate unwavering dedication and hard work throughout the tournament.

This highly anticipated tournament will showcase the potential and skills of ballers in the men and women categories. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that the tournament holds deep significance as it is organized in memory of the late Lt. MS Ahluwalia by his children and grandchildren.

First-day Results:

Pool A: Orca 21 – 3 Serpents Junior
Pool B: RBCCA 9 -19 CG
Pool C: Tepenjem 10 – 21 Kohima Highlanders
Pool C: MID 4 – 13 Elite B
Pool D: Evening Hoopers 22 – 14 AND1
Pool D: Arrow Farms 16 – 7 Elite A

Elite A 1 – 16 Elite B
All Blacks 10 – 8 Orca A
All Blacks 7 – 11 Elite B
Orca A 4 – 6 Orca B

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