A 3-pointer in the last second by Praneeth Udumalalagala took the game into extra time and subsequently it gave Colombo BC a heart stopping 63/58 win over HSC “Blues” in the Men’s “A” Division final of the 12th Super League 2015, conducted by the Colombo District Basketball Association, concluded under lights at the Depot Police Courts on 30th July.
In a repeat final of 2014 HSC “Blues” led 58 – 55 with just 10 seconds left in the game when Udumalalagala performed the unexpected; as the scores got dead–locked 58-58 at the long whistle, the game went into overtime.
In the five minutes of extra time the defending champions Colombo BC played as if they were possessed to do all the scoring and won by 5 points, 63/58. The scorers were leveled at 11-all at the end of the first quarter. HSC “Blues” led 29/27 at half time and further consolidated to lead 45/39 in the third quarter.
In the semi–finals Colombo BC beat Avon BC 64/46 and HSC “Blues” beat Army “A” 78/46.
The match winning shooters for Colombo BC were – Praneeth Udumalalagala (16), Charith Perera (15), Praveen Ganlath (13) and skipper, Roshan Fernando (12); Roshan Randima (16) and Mithila Abeysekera 17) excelled for HSC “Blues”. Praneeth Udumalalagala from Colombo BC was adjudged as the Man of the Match.
Earlier on the women’s “A” division final, Trackmasters scored a hard fought 68/65 win over Navy. Track Masters led 22/14 in the first quarter but Navy came up with an improved performance to lead 34/32 at half time and held the lead 52/51 in the third quarter.
Skipper Benika Thalagala (12), Prasadi Fonseka (15) and Erandi Gallage (21) were the match winning shooters for the Trackmasters. Pramila Fernando (21), Inoka Sandaruwan (20) and Solangi Gunavijaya (17) played a die-hard game for the Navy. Erandi Rajapaksa from the Trackmasters was picked as the Player of the Match.
In the Mens “B” division final played under lights on 29th July at the same venue, Army “B” with a terrific fourth quarter, turned tables on HSC Youth as they beat them 51/44, after being led 14/23 at the breather. Udara de Silva from Army “B” was picked as the Best Player.
The Men’s “C” division final played on Tuesday between the two Army Regiments, the Army “Commandos” beat the Army “Four Wings”, 77/64, after leading 28/23 at half time. Sameera Sandaruwan from the Commandos was picked as the best player.
On the same day in the Women’s “B” division final, Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena scored a comprehensive 55/23 win over the Josephians BC, after leading 24/12 at half time. Nirma Sasanthi from GSC was picked as the best player.
The tournament was sponsored by Leisure World Water Parks (Pvt) Ltd. and co-sponsored by David Pieris Motor Company Ltd., Dialog Axiata PLC and Little Asia Saree Emporium was participated by 54 teams in 5 divisions (46 teams in 3 divisions in the Men’s and 9 teams in two divisions in the Women’s) involving 650 players consisting 126 matches.
The presentation of awards was made by chief guest Shammi Muthumala, MD of Leisure World Water Parks. R. Rajamanickam, Chairman, Little Asia Saree Emporium (guest of honour), Chryshantha Perera, President, also made presentations.