Giants on the Court – Revels’15
Sports are a big part of Revels, and basketball is perhaps the most exciting of them all. Day one of this year’s fest proved to be a good one for fans of the sport with nail-biting finishes, showboating players and enthusiastic spectators that cheered their hearts out. The participating teams were divided into two pools, and games were held simultaneously at the Kamath Circle and Sharada courts.
The first match-up of the day was between M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology and Mangalore Institute of Technology and Engineering, and it had everyone on the edge of their seats. The game was close throughout, but MSRIT pulled out in the end for 34-30 victory. A memorable highlight was the thunderous slam dunk by the winners’ big man Saukin, which had the crowd going wild.
Soon after was the most anticipated game of the day between MIT’s own A-team and CBIT. A large group gathered to see the A-team take the court, and their new green, white, and black uniforms had everyone talking. MIT being favourites to win Revels ’15, it was surprising to see them down 10-11 in the first quarter to a team that was not expected to put up much of a fight. In the second, however, they showed who’s boss. With great tenacity, hustle, and pinpoint passing, MIT closed the half up 26-13. Spectator Prasham Ladha marked out a fantastic alley-oop finish by Samarth Hattangady as his favourite moment from the game. With the outcome of the game pretty much decided, they coasted to a 39-19 domination of the visitors. Veteran Jijo James proud of the team’s effort, said, “Our men played hard. It was an easy game, they were sluggish early on, but picked it up later.” He also spoke highly of the team’s two first-years, Bharat Alapati and Sohail Kumar, who put in valuable second half efforts, playing with much emotion and vigour.
After bagging the silver at VIT’s Riviera, the MIT team is riding high on confidence. Day two of Revels promises to bring much more action in terms of sports, so stay tuned.