Four from Pathanamthitta district makes it to Kerala Basketball team
Thiruvalla: The selection of four youth from Pathanamthitta to the state basketball team, marks the growth of the sport in the district. They have been selected to represent the state in the 70th National basketball championship to be held in Ludhiana from December 21. Sejin Mathew, Jishnu R Nair, Akhil Baiju and A R Akhil are the players who have been selected for the state team.
Sejin Mathew had recently secured the best player medal at the South Asian games held in Nepal. He is son of Thiruvalla native and KSEB employee Paul Mathew and Shobha. He is currently pursuing his degree from Thiruvananthapuram Mar Ivanios college.
Jishnu and Akhil were students of Thiruvalla Christ School. Jishnu is a sub engineer at KSEB in Thiruvananthapuram. He is the son of Gopalakrishnan Nair and Omanakkutty, who are natives of Vallamkulam.
Akhil Baiju is the son of Baiju, a former soldier, and Latha. He is a student of SB College in Changanasserry. AR Akhil, who is working in the police force, is the son of former Thiruvalla ASI AR Raghu.
Jishnu and Akhil represents Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam districts respectively. AR Akhil is part of Pathanamthitta district team. Sejin has been selected for the state team based on his performance in the SAFF training camp.