The 14th Annual Basketball Encounter between S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia and Royal College Colombo took place on the 4th of October 2017 at the Henry Pedris Basketball court. This encounter was played after a lapse of a year after the Thomian victory back in 2015
This year the Thomians were led by Shevaan Perera and the Royalists by Tharindu Balasuriya. Both Veterans walked onto the court expecting nothing short of victory and thus created a very competitive and enthralling encounter to all its spectators.
The initial segment of the first quarter was completely dominated by the Thomians with Kanishka Kepittiarachi opening the scoring with a 3 pointer. This was immediately followed by another 2 points for the Thomians courtesy of their Vice Captain Devankha Goonerwardana. After the Thomians extended their lead to 7-0, the Royalists started finding answers in the form of Heshan Hansaka and Saminda Arachige who brought the score line to 8-7 in favor of RC at the end of the First quarter.
RC came into the second quarter with all guns blazing and extended the score line to 14-9 thanks to a string of brilliant passes coordinated by their Vice Captain Rukshan Athapathu. Captain Shevaan Perera and Aaron Fernando of STC scored in consecutive sessions while Athapathu was doing damage on the other end of the court but the Thomians clinched a half time lead with the scores at 21-22 at the end of the Second Quarter. Due to the unexpected showers the play was temporarily called off but not even rain could stop this nail biting fixture as the match officials blew their whistle to commence the 3rd quarter.
Both teams went at each other hammer and tongs with Goonerwardana and Athapathu scoring on either ends. RC were unable to covert a numerous number of free throws while the boys from Mount Lavinia were making every throw count on the other side. Balasuriya and his entourage kept their heads together to salvage a one point lead, with the scores at 32-31 at the end of the Third quarter.
With all to play for in the Final quarter both teams immediately started putting points on the board. With exceptional performances by Athapathu (RC) and Yasiru Bimantha (STC), the scores were still tight with Royal College having their noses in front. Many time-outs were called in the closing seconds but Royal College edged a victory over the Valiant Thomians as they won the match 44-42 and obtained the Prestigious D.S Senanayaka Memorial Trophy.
Best Defensive Player – Tharindu Balasuriya (RC)
Best Offensive Player – Shevaan Perera (STC)
Most Valuable Player – Rukshan Athapathu (RC)