The 2 semi-finals of the under15 Boys All Island Basketball Championship was held earlier today at the St. Peter’s basketball court. In the first semi-final, St. Joseph’s went head to head against Gateway College and in the second semi-final Royal Institute faced off against tournament host St. Peter’s College.
St. Joseph’s College v Gateway College
In a clash penned down to be a tight encounter between these two schools and a rematch of the Colombo North Zonal semi-final qualifier which the former won after a tight game, St. Joseph’s College proved once again that they were the better team. At the beginning of the game one might think Gateway College had done their homework against the boys from Maradana as they lead the game at the end of the first quarter with the scoreboard reading 18 points to 17 points in favor of Gateway. However during the second quarter St. Joseph’s slowly regained their composure and took the lead to end the first half with a narrow lead of 5 points.
First Half – SJC 29 – 24 Gateway
With play resuming after lemons St. Joseph’s started to control the game into their liking as they started to be more physical and forcing the boys from Rajagiriya to play a much faster game. The coach of SJC hoping that Gateway would start to tire out due to the pace of the game and the sweltering heat was happy that they were getting the betterment out of the conditions at the end of the third quarter with the scoreboard now reading 50 points to 41 in favour of St. Joseph’s. Halfway thru the final quarter Gateway College started to lose the plot, throwing away possession and unwanted forced shots didn’t help them with the situation eventually being outplayed by over 20 points.
Final Score – SJC 76 – 54 Gateway
St. Joseph’s College – Shehan Fernando 24 points
Gateway College – Mirtesh Thurairajah 24 points
Royal Institute v St. Peter’s College
Yet another rematch of the finals of the Colombo South Zonal qualifiers which St. Peter’s College beat Royal Institute convincingly. However this time around the tables were turned as Royal Institute had comeback prepared after doing their homework. The boys from Havelock town came into the game with all guns blazing to lead the first quarter 22 points to 10 points. The second quarter did not show any difference as Royal Institute kept going hard at their opponents and forcing the Peterites to make mistakes.
First Half – RI 42 – 21 SPC
The 3rd quarter brought about a resurgent Peterite teams who did not show any signs of letting go of this game with ease. Tightening up their defence, the Peterites defended well and were able to convert their possessions into points to cut the gap with the scoreboard reading 46 points to 31 points in favour of RI at the end of the quarter. The 4th quarter was a much faster game and it all came down to which team had the stamina to complete the long journey. It was Royal Institute who came out on top after a grueling quarter and to end the game on a high note.
Final Score – RI 72 – 56 SPC
Royal Institute – Dewmith Hettiarrachchi 15 points
St. Peter’s College – Arij Adam 19 points
Final day fixtures – 04.05.2017
Consolation Final – St. Peter’s College v Gateway College @ 2.30pm
Final – St. Joseph’s College v Royal Institute @ 4.30pm
Both final day matches will be live on ThePapare.com.