Wrapping up the 09th day of the Mercantile Services Basketball Association Knockout Tournament 2018, MAS Holdings “A” won their first match in “A” Division while John Keells Holdings (JKH) placed themselves in the “B” Division finals.
The first match for the day was tipped-off between MAS Holdings “A” and Hatton National Bank (HNB), opening the competition for the “A” Division teams. MAS Holdings “A” led the game by 06 points going into lemons, 37-31.
Sudesh Ahamed top scored for MAS with 25 points while Andrew Alphonsus scored 15 points. Sanmugasundaram Vaheesan came third on the scoring list with 10 points. For HNB it was Anushka Jayalath who topped the list with 19 points. Jude Perera scored 09 points while Maheel Egodawatte added 08 points.
MAS Holdings “A”, capitalizing on the lead, went on to win the match at full time, 72-61.
The second match for the day, the first semi-final of the “B” Division, was played between JKH and Sri Lanka Airlines “A”. Sri Lanka Airlines “A” led the game by 06 points at half time, 29-23.
Lahiru Dilshan top-scored for JKH with 20 points and he was well supported by Padmashanka Weerasinghe with 15 more points while Sidath Senanayake scored 06 points. For Sri Lanka Airlines “A”, Sanjaya Wanasekara scored 20 points, Dihan Wijesinghe scored 11 points and Andre Jayakody scored 13 points.
In the 2nd half, Sri Lanka Airlines “A” was pushed back by a couple of points at the final whistle with JKH storming through the opposition to win the game, 63-61 at full time.
JKH upon winning the match booked the first slot in the finals of the “B” Division.