ThePapare Basketball Championship (TPBC), setting the stage for the next generation of stars will take center-stage in the Sri Lankan basketball fraternity for the second consecutive year allowing twenty-eight top notch schools compete to become the elite stars of the school’s basketball arena.
TPBC 2016- A Recap
Maris Stella College – Negombo had an unfortunate loss in the semi-final stage to S. Thomas’ College Mount-Lavinia who went on to become the champions in last year’s tournament.
Maris Stella College has consistently made it to the all-important semi-final stage of all the tournaments they have participated in during the last few years, but have never been able to win a final.
The Team in a Nutshell
Team will be led by Praveen Alwis for the 2017 season. Even after the top four senior players hung their boots after the 2016 season, Maris Stella lads still could be the team that could threaten anyone on their day. The team looks evenly poised in talent, height and speed.
Negombo lads prime focus will be on their mid-range jumpers, as they consider it to be their strong suit. In comparison to the last year, Maris Stella lads have improved in their shooting and are banking on their ability to score from outside the perimeter to secure the wins of the matches
The team has increased their practice sessions as holidays have begun and practice 5 times a week.
The challenge for the team is to continue the practice consistently since a number of players are still recovering from the dengue flu and previous injuries.
Praveen Alwis, Captain of Maris Stella College speaking to ThePapare.com, “I am very confident in the team that I have supporting me this year as well as the excellent coaching staff that we have. We’re going to give it our all on the court and hopefully, we’ll go further than the semi-finals this year.”