The 1st semi-final of the All Island U-17 ‘B’ Division Basketball Championship was played at the Gateway College basketball premises. The hosts Gateway College (GCC) took on Joseph Vaz College (JVC) in the game as the home team emerged victorious at full time, 83-23.  

It was all one-way traffic as GCC were in total control of proceedings from tip-off. The hosts scored points at will on the offensive end and were locked in on the defensive end as they leaked only 6 points per quarter on average. GCC were the better side on both paper and action, superior in size, speed, skills and outscored their opponents by 60 points to seal their place at the finals.

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GCC point-guard Sharo (32) was outstanding with his game sense, ball handling and scoring, leading the way from the front. Sachin (05) scored 13 points for the visitors but received very little assistance from the rest of his team mates.

Team/Period 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final
Gateway College 26 45 72 83
Joseph Vaz College 9 14 19 23 MVP of the Game: Sharo (Point Guard, Gateway College)

Coach of GCC, Tharindu Fernando speaking with said, “We are going to play fundamental basketball in the finals. We’ll stick to our basics and play 40 minutes of good quality basketball against whomever we have to face at the finals

Gateway College will take on the winner of the Kingswood College, Kandy vs Mahanama College semifinal while St. Joseph Vaz College will battle the loser for 3rd place.

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