ThePapare Basketball Championship (TPBC18) tipped off today with the girls’ category, preliminary round matches. Group A matches were played at Holy Family Convent – Bambalapitiya. Colombo International School (CIS) recorded the first win while, Lyceum International School – Wattala (LISW) won the second match.

Colombo International School v Ladies’ College (LC)

CIS took control of the game from the tip-off and wasted no time in securing the lead. The CIS players had a strong offensive side varying their tactics between driving in and taking jump shots. CIS managed to score 13 points in the first quarter outscoring LC by 5.

It was only during the second quarter that LC settled into the game tightening up their defense. It halted CIS offensive possessions. LC managed to outscore CIS during the second quarter by 1 point and trailed by 4 points going into lemons. The tight defence did the trick.

Half Time: Colombo International School – 17 Ladies’ College – 13  

The second half of the game was owned by CIS outscoring LC in both quarters as they managed to dominate the scoreboard. Leia Hamza from CIS played a crucial role scoring 22 points. During the final 10 minutes of the game, the LC girls could not break through the tight CIS defence but finally managed 27 points.

Full time: Colombo International School – 47 Ladies’ College – 27

Top Scorers

Colombo International School – Leia Hamza – 22, Ashani Kiribanandan – 17  

Ladies’ College – Ashera Ambawatte – 06

Lyceum International School – Wattala (LISW) v St. Paul`s Girls School – Milagiriya (SPM)

LISW triumphed over SPM in a one-sided affair with a final of score 56-12. Captain Hazeena Abdul scored 15 points for LISW while Dewanjee Nethma and Kavidurshika Prithivi secured 04 points each for SPM.

LISW had a strong start to the game securing a substantial lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. The LISW players managed to get past the Paulians defence with ease and consistently finished strong near the rim.  

SPM, on the other hand, struggled on the offense not managing to score double digits in any quarter of the match. Their poor offensive performance throughout the game getting only 12 points left them trailing behind LISW.

Half Time: Lyceum International School – Wattala – 30 St. Paul`s Girls School – 04

Full Time: Lyceum International School – Wattala – 56 St. Paul`s Girls School – 12

Top Scorers

Lyceum International School – Wattala – Hazeena Abdul – 15, Shyni Hettearachchi – 12

St. Paul`s Girls School – Dewanjee Nethma – 04, Kavidurshika Prithivi – 04