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HSC Blues wins the Championship: Colombo Super League ‘A’ Division – [IMAGES]

HSC Blues wins the Championship: Colombo Super League ‘A’ Division – [IMAGES]
March 07
11:33 2018

UTV | COLOMBO – Hambantota Sports Club (HSC) Blues took their revenge when they beat arch rivals Colombo Basketball Club (Colombo BC) 74-57 after leading 26-22 midway in the Colombo Super League Men’s ‘A’ Division Basketball Championship final played at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. (4th March 2018)

HSC Blues were steady from the beginning and posted a five-point lead in the low-scoring first quarter (9-4). The second quarter saw a point-to-point battle as Colombo BC made inroads into Blues half. Even though HSC Blues were four points ahead at half time (26-22), Colombo scored 18 points while restricting Blues to 17 in the second quarter.

Colombo BC bounced back strongly in the beginning of the third quarter, thanks to some bad passes and poor teamwork from their rivals and snatched the lead with Charith Madhushanka sinking a three-pointer from left to equal the scores at 28-all. Even though Colombo lads maintained a slight lead for some time HSC Blues regained their control towards the latter part of the penultimate quarter scoring 52-44.

HSC Blues widened the lead comfortably to seal victory scoring 22 points while restricting their opponents to 13 points in the final quarter. The same two teams fought out in 2015 men’s Div. ‘A’ final and Colombo won the title by 1 point. There was no Club ‘A’ Division tournaments in Sri Lanka for 2 years.

HSC Blues point hunt was heavily banked on Clinton Stallone who scored 23 points and he bagged the Most Valuable Player award. Dynamic Mithila Abeysekara contributed with 11 points and most senior player Randima Sooriyaarachchi had a fantastic game. Sudesh Ahamed (17 points) and Charith Perera (10 points) were the top scorers for Colombo BC. Blues were led by Thimothi Nithushan and it was a perfect team work by them.

HSC Blues defeated SL Air Force 87-74 and Colombo BC beat HSC Blacks 64-57 in the semis which was a very controversial game.

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