It is that time of the year when four colleges battle it out for the prestigious Banyan League title. Shiv Nadar University hosted OP Jindal Global University on a cold 29th October Sunday morning across three sports, namely Football, Basketball (boys and girls) and Table Tennis (boys and girls). The event kicked off with  girls’ basketball. Jindal girls took charge from the start, getting to a quick 6-point lead at the end of the first quarter. SNU girls came back to hold the Jindal girls in the second quarter but the game really slipped out of SNU’s hands when Jindal took a big lead in the third quarter. Despite a good show in the last quarter, SNU was not able to catch up with Jindal. Jindal won the game 28-12.

This was followed by the boys’ basketball game. It was a very tight game with some engaging defence and offensive play from both teams. The match was set for an exciting final quarter with only a 5-point game at hand. The turning point was when Jindal took command to extend their lead quickly to a 13-point game at the start of the final quarter. SNU boys came back with some spirited performance in the final stages but that just wasn’t enough as the match ended 50-39 in favour of Jindal.

The football game also kicked off simultaneously with the basketball matches. Both teams held tight for the major part of the game with very few shots on goal, and looked tired on the attacking front with not many balls played in the final third during the first half. SNU lost their key forward in the 12th minute due to cramps which created further problems. Both teams showed their intent during the second half, but Jindal had the final say with a goal from their No. 6 player during the final minutes of the match. Overall there was a lot to take back for both teams to analyse and to look forward to play better in the coming matches.

In Table Tennis, SNU boys got a walkover. However, Jindal registered a 3-1 triumph over SNU in the girls’ matches.

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Adhithya Balasubramanian

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