Sri Lanka Wins Silver at The South Asia 3×3 Basketball Championship!
Sri Lanka cager team had to be satisfied with the silver medal as the hosts Bangladesh prospered on home advantage to win the inaugural South Asia 3×3 basketball Championship worked off from April 14 to 16 at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The South Asian Basketball Association in collaboration with Bangladesh Basketball Federation (BBF) conducted the inaugural tournament, where teams from five South Asian nations including Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh vied for honours.
The first edition of the South Asia 3×3 Basketball Championship was not represented by regional countries India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Bangladesh maintained an unbeaten record through out the tournament, beating all remaining four nations while the runner-up Sri Lanka experienced mixed fortunes with three wins and one defeat.
The third place was won by Nepal who won two matches while losing a couple. The Fair Play trophy which was on offer for the most disciplined team was carried away by the Maldivians who won the overall fourth place in the tournament. Sri Lankans registered their first win after an exciting battle against Nepal, beating them by 17 points to 15 and suffered a bitter defeat against champion Bangladesh as the host trounced the Lions by a considerable lead (20-9).
Local players displayed some excellent team works in the two matches that followed defeating Bhutan (21-4) and Maldives (21-7) comfortably. Runner-up Sri Lankan team was captained by talented Roshan Randima and included Sameera Chanaka Paranamanage, Mithila Abeysekera and Sudesh Ahamed.
Rankings of the championship – 1.Bangladesh (4 wins), 2. Sri Lanka (3 wins, one loss), 3. Nepal (2 wins 2 losses), 4. Maldives (one win 3 losses), 5. Bhutan (five losses) The complete results of the championship (match by match) – 1.Bangladesh beat Bhutan (22 – 09), 2. Sri Lanka beat Nepal (17 – 15 ), 3. Maldives beat Bhutan (14 – 12), 4. Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka (20 – 09), 5. Nepal beat Maldives (18 – 10), 6 Sri Lanka beat Bhutan (21 – 04), 7. Bangladesh beat Nepal (20 – 18), 8. Sri Lanka beat Maldives (21 – 7), 9. Nepal beat Bhutan (22 – 06), 10. Bangladesh beat Maldives (21 – 09)