On February 10th 2024, the vibrant corridors of Good Shepherd Convent School resonated with the pulse of excitement as the much-anticipated Shepherdian Ballers Bash ’24 unfolded. The day promised not only an exhibition of exceptional Basketball skills, but also a celebration of sportsmanship, teamwork, and the unmistakable spirit of athletic competition.
In the Open Men category, the spotlight fell on the Air Brothers, a team led by the dynamic quartet of Dasun Mendis, Chanuka Fernando, Nimesh Fernando and Pawan Gamage. Their journey through the tournament culminated in a gripping final against Team Black, where every dribble, pass, and shot proved a testament to their unwavering determination. The final buzzer marked the Air Brothers’ triumph with a hard-earned scoreline of 13-11, etching their names into the rich tapestry of Basketball history.
Moving to the Under 18 Boys category, the court witnessed the ascendancy of CIS Team. Nicholas Wijeratne, Arvin Abhayaratne, Munsif Mohamed and Vishwa Herath displayed a maturity and coordination that belied their youth. Their dominant performance resulted in a decisive 14-6 victory, showcasing not only their individual skills but also the depth of talent within the Basketball enthusiasts involved.
The presence of Goone Squad as the second runner-up added an extra layer of competitiveness and excitement, signaling a promising future for the Basketball scene within the competition.
The Open Women category saw G. I. Janes taking command, featuring the formidable quartet of Epciba Washington Clay, Philonoe Kamalene Mills, Shonali Dharmasena and Benika Thalagala. Their synchronized play and strategic moves proved to be the winning formula, securing a resounding victory with 13 points in the championship match. The Shepherdians, though falling short in points, earned applause for their spirited performance, claiming the runner-up position with 9 points.
In the Under 18 Girls category, the final clash between the Lawrence Team and the Knicks was a nail-biting affair that had spectators on the edge of their seats. Shewoni Balachandran, Aleena Hayaz, Chenuli Nesansa and Shenaya Baskaran of the Lawrence Team demonstrated not only their Basketball prowess, but also their ability to handle pressure with grace. The narrow 6-5 victory in favor of the Lawrence Team left an indelible mark, making it a moment to be remembered.
As the courts settled and the echoes of cheers lingered, the focus shifted to recognizing the efforts of every participant. Winners across the Open categories, including the Air Brothers and G. I. Janes, were bestowed with well-deserved cash prizes, adding an extra layer of excitement and reward to their achievements. Simultaneously, participants in the Under 18 categories proudly received certificates and medals—a tangible symbol of their growth, sportsmanship and commitment to the sport.
Beyond the scores and baskets, the Shepherdian Ballers Bash ’24 was a celebration of the sheer love for the game. Every player, regardless of the outcome, contributed to the vibrant tapestry of the event, creating memories that will be cherished for years to come.
As the day concluded, the Shepherdian Ballers Bash ’24 left an indelible mark on the Basketball history of the event. The competition celebrated not only the winners, but also the dedication, sportsmanship, and passion exhibited by each participant.
The courts bore witness to a day remembered not just for the baskets scored, but for the enduring spirit of Basketball that echoed through every dribble and dunk. The Shepherdian Ballers Bash ’24 was more than a tournament: it was a testament to the enduring love for the game and the promising future for the Basketball scene which was clearly visible throughout the competition.