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Joes take on Bens in under-19 cager final today

St. Joseph's College, Maradana will meet St. Benedict's College, Kotahena in the 2011 under-19 All Island 'A' division Basketball Championship final at the Royal College basketball court, Reid Avenue today evening. The organizers, Sri Lanka Schools Basketball Association wasnot able to conclude the tournament last year due to some protests and completed the semi finals yesterday at the Royal courts.

Benedictines tamed Royalists (61-58) in their own den in the first semi final while Josephians found no trouble in beating St. Anthony's College, Wattala (75-45) in the other semi final.

Bens took the early lead by scoring 13 points against eight from the Royalists in the fist quarter were six points ahead at half time (32-26). Home team tried to make inroads in the third quarter scoring 18 points while restricting visitors to 16 points.

Benedictines steadied their defense in the final quarter and won the match with a three point lead.

Clinton Stallon and captain Sanjaya Ganlath top scored for the winners 36 and nine points respectively while Royal captain Kasun Uyangoda (19 points) and Ashen Menuka (13 points) were the best contributors for the losers.

In the second semi final Josephians dominated the match from the beginning posted a seven-point lead in the fist quarter (17-10). Anthonians fought hard in the second quarter and reduced the gap by scoring 19 points against 14 from the winners. Josephians were just two points ahead midway (31-29). Josephians payed aggressively in the third quarter and grabbed 32 points against seven from the opponents. Anthonians were tired and did not able to put up any resistance. Josephians comfortably won the match with a 30-point margin.

Josephian captain Praneeth Udumalagala scored 24 points and Yohan Keyser added 10 points for the winning team. Milan Chathuranga (19 points) and Akila Sulochana (15 points) were the best scorers fr the losers.

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