Mercantile BA and Gampaha BA win openning games
45th Senior National Basketball Championship:
Mercantile Basketball Association trounced Sri Lanka Schools
Basketball Association 80 points to 59 yesterday in their opening
encounter in the womenís division of the 45th Senior National Basketball
Championship which is now in progress at the St. Josephís Girlís
Schoolís courts Nugegoda.
The matches in the menís category are being played at the Police
Depot Courts Bambalapitiya. The tournament is being organised by the
Basketball Federation of Sri Lanka.
The winners took a commanding 39 points to 29 lead at half time.
Skipper Kumarine de Silva with a massive 25 points, Inoka Sadamalie (16)
and Asiaís womenís number two cager Premila Fernando with nine points
lifted Mercantile BA while Anjalie Ekanayake, Wathsala Dhananjali and
Sulochana Rathnasekara who scored thirteen points each excelled for
In the other womenís fixture Colombo Basketball Association posted a
convincing 95 points to 69 win over Sri Lanka Air Force BA after
grabbing a close lead of three points (39-36) at the half time at same
Sanali Weerasuriya (36), Prasadi Fonseka (23) and Sanduni Udeshika
(17) stood out for the winners while P. Chandima (26) and Phamali Perera
(12) were the best shooters for Sri Lanka Air Force BA.
In another encounter, Gampaha Basketball Association beat Sri Lanka
Army Basketball Association 82-63 in their opening match of the menís
division played at Depot Police courts, Bambalapitiya.
The scores stood at 35 points to 30 in favour of Gampaha Basketball
Association at the short whistle.
Jayaratne (28), Jeewan Priyankara (18) and Shamal (10) were the top
scorers for the winners while H.I. Kodikara (15), W.N.R. Fernando with
nine and D.P.R. Herath with six points did well for Sri Lanka Army.
The tournament will be continued today with Colombo BA meeting
Schools BA and Kandy BA taking on Air Force BA in the womenís section in
Nugegoda. Puttalam BA will confront Sri Lanka Air Force BA while Gampaha
BA will meet Galle BA in the menís category at Depot Police, courts