Carlton Cup 2014: Sailors on a winning course.


The eighteenth match of the Carlton Basketball Championship 2014 was played between Otters BC vs. Sri Lanka Navy BC in front of a full house. Otters BC losing their fourth consecutive match put the sailors on a winning course when the score board read in favour of Sri Lanka Navy BC 83-56.

It was much needed victory for both the sides, for Navy BC to secure their position and for Otters BC even to record a victory for satisfaction.

Navy BC is an outfit which plays the game at immense pace and Otters BC could not stand to it even during the first ten minutes. Nerranja Cicvijic playing minutes worth an applause recorded his season best of thirty two points which was indeed the foundation of victory for sailors. The first half of the game is always under the control of Otters BC when they etch the better amount of rebounds and gain possession one after another to keep up with the seamen.

The defence of the seamen was in a bit of struggle as they leaked out to many points even though they scored at the other end. The momentum of the game was as such as constant from both the sides which made it a tight game where the lead only read two points.

(Half Time – Sri Lanka Navy BC – 34 Otters BC -32)

Deon Rebert and Isuru Perera did play good minutes after lemons for Otters BC but they were equally matched up by Nerranja Civijic and Dhanuka Murthukadarachchi on the opposition side. If the defence had rectified the mistakes and stopped a few possessions of offences the minutes of both Devon and Isuru should have bought justice.

A nine-zero run was witnessed when the Navy BC went on scattering the defence through fast-breaks which Otters BC could never dream of overcoming. Bad shot selection and non-confident passing led to turnovers and steals which were converted into points at ease. Navy BC always penetrated towards the defence when the possession was narrowed down to a set piece which clearly was the turning point of the game.

(Full time – Sri Lanka Navy BC – 83 Otters BC – 56)