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'A' division schools' basketball begins today

The 55th under-19 'A' division Basketball Championship will dribble off its preliminary round matches today at five different venues in Colombo. The Sri Lanka Schools Basketball Association (SLSBA) in collaboration with national governing body, Sri Lanka Basketball Federation (SLBF) will stage the tournament with a first ever main sponsorship from Pan Asia Bank.


Pan Asia Promotions and Sales Support Manager Anushal Ambawatte handing over the sponsorship token cheque to SLSBA president and Sirimavo Bandaranaike Balika Vidyalaya Principal Dammika Jayanetti. Picture by Geeth de Mel.

The elite boys' and girls' teams will battle it out for the Pan Asia Challenge Trophies. This was revealed during a press briefing at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya Auditorium yesterday.

Turning a new page in Sri Lankan basketball history, SLSBF took the initiative to conduct both boys' and girls' 'A' division tournaments together offering an exciting season for both players and spectators. After completing Zonal competitions all over the Island, altogether 20 boys' teams and six girls' teams have lined up for the big show.

As the annual top class school fraternity championship , the organizers have made arrangements to host the tournament on a grand scale and both segments' semi finals matches will be played at the Henry Pedris courts giving the public a chance to catch the excitement of top class school basketball this season.

Speaking to the Media, Sirimavo Principal and SLSBA president Dammika Jayanetti said basketball is a game that helps to enhance teamwork and build personality in youngsters and is equally popular among girls and boys at the school level.

She thanked the sponsors, Pan Asia Bank for supporting this year's tournament.

The boys segment will work out in four groups to the round-robin format where the top two of each group will move on to quarter finals.

The venues for boys' matches are Royal College (group A), St. Peter's College (group B), D.S. Senanayake College (group C) and St. Joseph's College (group D). Girls segment two groups, A and B will be worked off at St. Joseph's Girls' School courts, Nugegoda.

SLSBA Tournament Secretary Charles Perera said Pan Asia has supported for a special award to be given for the Best Player in each and every match from the preliminary round. Apart from the Best Defensive Player, Best Offensive Player and Most Valuable Player awards, a Most Popular Player award has been introduced and will be determined after a voting contest through internet.

All players wishing to participate in MPP contest are requested to be registered through SLBF website for the Most Popular Player contest and the voting will be eligible till the finals are concluded.

SLBF Vice President Yaswanth Muttettuwegama, SLSBA Secretary Rev. Bro. R.J. Jayakanthan, Pan Asia Promotions and Sales Support Manager Anushal Ambawatte, Masters In Charge of participating schools and media personnel were present at the press conference.

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