Royal wins inaugural Alles-Gunasekara Cup | Sunday Observer

Royal wins inaugural Alles-Gunasekara Cup

Action at the Inaugural Basketball encounter for the Alles-Gunesekera Cup  at the Pedris Park Basketball Court. Picture by Susantha Wijegunesekera
Action at the Inaugural Basketball encounter for the Alles-Gunesekera Cup at the Pedris Park Basketball Court. Picture by Susantha Wijegunesekera

Royal College became the first holders of the Alles-Gunasekara Cup when they edged-out Gateway College 46-43 in the inaugural Inter-School Under-19 basketball encounter worked off at the Henry Pedris Stadium yesterday.

The winners build up a close 30-26 lead at half time and then held on determinedly during the fourth and final quarter before registering a thrilling victory in the end.

Even then, Gateway College showed promise early in the second quarter as they were able to snatch a one point lead for a brief moment following a tremendous performance.

This was largely due to the individual brilliance of their star player Nirdesh Thurairajah who accounted for a couple of three-points which completely surprised the opposition.

However, Royal soon came back into the game and took the lead once again as they finished the third quarter with a lead of five points (45-40).

Both teams of course missed out a number of scoring opportunities in the fourth and final quarter as they threw away a lot of possession while trying to shoot from long range. Gateway College kept their chances alive even during the last few seconds of the game with Skipper Isira Ritigahapola and Shevan de Costa firing two vital baskets.

But Royal despite the mounting pressure from their opponents made use of the free-shots which came their way and managed to increase their lead to a three point margin.

Earlier, Rukshan Atapattu led the way with a magnificent performance to gave Royal a ommanding 18-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Gateway won the Under-15 encounter against Royal and they also defeated Bishop’s College in the Girls’ encounter. 

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