The second edition of the Kobe Cup Junior came to an end at the Air Force Indoor Basketball Complex on the 30th of March 2019. Lyceum International School – Nugegoda were crowned U18 boys’ Champions while St. Joseph`s Girls’ School, Nugegoda were crowned girls’ champions.
Kobe Cup Junior 2019, operated from U14-U16 age groups in both girls’ and boys’ categories. Kobe Cup will act as the selection platform for the U18 3×3 national pool from where teams will be selected to participate in international tournaments.
100 plus teams registered for this years’ Kobe Cup. The massive number of registrations was identified as a prime growth in the sport in comparison to the 64 teams that took part the previous year.
The two semi-finals of the U14 category were worked off between Maris Stella College & St. Peter`s College “B” and St. Peter`s College “A” & St. Joseph`s College “A”. The first semi-final was won by the Peterites beating the Negombo lads, 6-9. The second was won by the Joes, 12-04.
The semi-finals of the U16 boys’ category was dominated by St. Peter`s College and Gateway College. The girls’ category was won by Colombo International School and Good Shepherd Convent.
The U18 category, boys’ first semi-final was won by, Lyceum International School – Nugegoda beating Gateway College, 09-05. Royal College emerged victorious in the second, beating St. Joseph`s College 10-09.
In the U18 girls’ category, St. Joseph`s Girls’ School beat Good Shepherd Convent in the first semi-final, 10-01. Heats went on to beat Colombo International School in the second, 09-02.
The U18 boys’ final was set between Royal College Vs Lyceum International School – Nugegoda. Reid Avenue boys fell short by three points at full time, 9-6. The girls’ final was worked off between Heats and St. Joseph`s Girls’ School. Nugegoda lasses managed to beat Heats 11-06 at full time.
The U16 boys’ final was won by Gateway College beating St. Peter`s College “A”, 08-06. The girls’ final was won by, Colombo International School “A” as they went on to beat Good Shepherd Convent, 06-05.
The U14 title was won by St. Joseph`s College “A” beating their arch rivals, St. Peter`s College “B”, 07-02.
With the completion of the initial stage of the tournament, the selectors will pick 32 players from both the girls’ and boys’ category for the second stage.
The set of 64 players will then be brought down to a number of 16 players for girls’ and 16 players for boys’ at the end of the second stage.
The final 32 players will be drafted into four all-star teams; Colombo Celtics, Colombo Warriors, Colombo Lakers and Colombo Rockets. At the final All-Star clash, the final squads to represent the island nation will be selected.