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.

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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.

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Semi-Finals Sage

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.  

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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.  

Final Stage

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.  

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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.

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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.

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