In the final game of the Inter-Hall Basketball Tournament, RK thoroughly outplayed Azad 47-28 to lift the Basketball trophy – ending Patel’s five-year stranglehold on the event. Rajan Bajaj starred for RK yet again, scoring 17 points while captain Varun Choudhary and Ankur Ambastha chipped in with 13 points each.
RK hit the ground running as Rajan opened the scoring with a very well taken shot just inside the 3-point region. Throughout the game, their offense was clinical and defence staunch. They raced to a 10-point lead in the first quarter itself, ending it 19-9. While Varun was the epitome of calmness while organizing his team’s defence, Binoy Tudu’s inability to score regularly against a disciplined RK side gave way to frustration and he couldn’t repeat his heroics from last night’s victory over MS. Mohit too was effectively marked out of the game by Ambastha as Azad’s big guns failed to fire. RK dictated the tempo of the game, scored at will and played with an air of authority. They were never really tested by an Azad side who looked devoid of ideas. The game ended 47-28, with Tudu scoring 15 points – his lowest tally in the tournament, an indication of Azad’s dependency on him. Although he ended as the tournament’s top scorer, he will be disappointed that he failed to push his team first across the finish line in his final Inter-Hall game.
While this victory sees the trophy move from its long-time bastion of Patel to the newer surroundings of RK, it sets the foundations for another ‘era’ of sorts, as only Varun Choudhary will be the notable name passing out from the present RK team. They have a new talisman in the form of Rajan to bulid the team around and it will be he who is the hope of KGP in the Inter-IIT this year, what with the imminent departure of Varun, Tudu, Girish, Mohit, Karthikeyan, and Neelabh – KGP’s game-changers. We at The Scholars’ Avenue, thank them for their contribution to the game during their time at KGP.