11th Open Basketball Tournament 2019 underway

11th Open Basketball Tournament 2019 underway

TMB and Ophidians players with organising committee before the inaugural match.

Our Correspondent
Kohima | May 13


A weeklong 11th Open Basketball Tournament 2019 under the aegis of Suncity Kohima in association with Nagaland Basketball Association got underway here today at Khuochiezie, Kohima Local Ground.


OBT is one of the most prestigious basketball tournament of Nagaland.


18 teams, which includes Stallions, Road Runners, St.Joseph’s College Jakhama, Trouncers, TMB, Ophidians, Amplified, CMD Hoopers, Taurus, Elite Basketball Team, Kohima Royals, XLR8, Backyard Ballers, Orca, Tepenjem, Last Kings, Art City Warriors and Jumpers are taking part in this tournament.


The matches would take place from 12 noon till 9:00 pm daily.


Earlier, Suncity Kohima president Er.Medozhazo Rutsa said that Suncity was formed in the year 1998 and organized its first Open Basketball Tournament (OBT) in 2001 and from the third edition i.e. 2003, the club in collaboration with Nagaland Basketball Association (NBA) has been organising the OBT for the past 18 years.


Suncity Kohima sponsored the Nagaland Sub-Junior Basketball team in the National Sub-Junior tournament held in Rajasthan in 2017.


The club along with some well wishers also sponsored the Nagaland State Basketball team to participate in the Senior Nationals held in the month of January 2019 at Gujarat.


The club also organized Summer Basketball Coaching camp in the year 2018 with Prasana Jayashankar, former Indian Women Basketball Captain, Coach of Indian Railways and Chennai Slams as the mentor for the coaching camp.


“The club has been giving its best to promote the beautiful game of Basketball in Nagaland for the past years and will continue to do so,” said Er. Rutsa.


The club had lost two great pillars of Suncity, Kohima right after conducting the 10th OBT 2018. Two of senior members Late Xavier Rutsa and Late KK Paul Rutsa left for their heavenly abode in the year 2018.


The tournament will go on till May 19.