The Colombo Super League continued earlier with one ‘D’ division match and one ‘C’ Division match being played yesterday (22) at the Henry Pedris Basketball Court. At the end of day 02, Air Force SC and Real Lanterns triumphed winning their respective matches against Sharks BC and Old J’Pura.
Air Force SC vs Sharks BC
After a close game, Air Force SC took a win, securing their victory with a buzzer beater as the Sharks trailed 37 to 42. Anton Ranjula did the heavy scoring for Sharks securing 11 of the team’s points, while Chaminda Amarathunga secured 19 points for his team-leading the offensive plays.
Throughout the game, both teams consistently maintained a tight defense, rarely allowing a second shot opportunity for the opposing team. Both teams were evenly matched as they went into lemons on a tied score. The Sharks, however, had trouble getting their jumpers to connect, allowing Air Force SC to take a marginal lead. Although the Sharks were trailing close behind, Air Force SC managed to maintain their lead until full time, taking their first victory.
Full-time: Air Force SC- 42 Sharks BC- 37
Real Lanterns vs Old J’pura
Real Lanterns took their maiden victory in the ‘D’ division of Colombo Super League dominating the scoreboard consistently throughout the match as they triumphed over Old J’Pura with a score-line of 50 to 40. Amaan Alwar was the highest point scorer for Real Lanterns with 15 points while Sayanthan Padmanadan was the heavy scorer for Old J’pura contributing 9 points to the team’s total score.
It was towards the second quarter when the teams finally settled down into the game although Real Lanterns managed to take control of the game and lead the scoreboard. Real Lanterns managed to maintain control by securing the rebounds and taking advantage of second shot opportunities while Old J’Pura failed to finish strong near the rim, missing their layups resulting in them trailing behind.
Real Lanterns dominated the post on both offence and defence, adding to the scoreboard with under the basket shots while rejecting any attempts by Old J’pura in scoring. The Old J’Pura players failed to get past the Real Lantern defence and continued to trail until full time.
Full-time: Real Lanterns- 50 Old J’Pura-40
The coach of the Real Lanterns team had this to say to ThePapare: “We focused on capitalizing on their weak points as their offence was not spread out allowing us to maintain a strong defence throughout the game which is what allowed us to win.”