The Defending Champions – J’pura – Or could it be someone else?

The Inter-University Basketball Games are off to a wonderful start this weekend at the Peradeniya University premises. The brothering universities around the country gathered at the Pera gymnasium to secure seats for the upcoming basketball matches. The preliminary rounds were held in four groups A, B, C and D for both men and women, and the champions of each group rose above for the quarterfinals and semifinals that coloured the gymnasium today.

The very energetic men’s teams from Sabare, Mora, Colombo and J’pura marveled the cheering crowds through their wins of the quarterfinals. The familiar “thud” of the basketball rhymed with the hearts of the basketball enthusiasts. Colombo and J’pura, both being past champions, showed potential glory. But the weather today wasn’t good. Maybe the sun will shine over a new champion tomorrow.

The women’s matches were played extremely well. Jaffna, Uva, Colombo and J’pura made it through to the semifinals through a wonderful day of quarterfinals. Sabaragamuwa being the reigning champions in the women’s games showed their style throughout the games.

The women’s semifinals matches were breathtaking indeed with the narrow escape of the Colombo girls advancing for the finals. The score was settled as 21 to 27 between Uva and Colombo. The Uva girls were trying their best to reach the finals as the game steamed to an end. However the head start of Colombo paid off in the end, letting them secure a place in the finals. The J’pura girls walked into the finals with their grand win over the Jaffna girls as 62 to 41.

 

Group A Group B Group C Group D
SJP COL MOR SAB
KEL PER JAF EST
RUH SEA UVA WAY

 

Group A Group B Group C Group D
SJP COL UVA KEL
SAB PER EST JAF
  MOR RUH WAY

 

Men’s Quarter Finals

SAB vs PER – SAB proceeds to semifinals
MOR vs KEL – MOR proceeds to semifinals
COL vs WAY – COL proceeds to semifinals
SJP vs JAF – SJP proceeds to semifinals

Women’s – Quarter Finals

JAF vs PER – JAF proceeds to semifinals
UVA vs SAB – UVA proceeds to semifinals
COL vs KEL – COL proceeds to semifinals
SJP vs EST – SJP proceeds to semifinals

Women’s – Semi Finals

COL vs UVA – COL proceeds to finals
SJP vs JAF – SJP proceeds to finals

 

Article by: Tharika Kahandawa Arachchi

Edited by: Yumna Albar

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