Gateway College Colombo beat St. Peter’s College Colombo to win the All Island Under 19 Boys ‘A’ Division Basketball championship played for the Papare cup. With this win, the winning team of Gateway has established themselves to be unconquerable with their unprecedented track record of winning the ‘A’ Division championships thrice – Under 15 in 2015, Under 17 in 2017 and Under 19 in 2019. Many in this victorious team played a key role in winning the All Island Under 20 Jathika Pasal championship too, a fortnight ago.
St. Peters dominated the first half of the game to lead by 35 to 29. They started the second half too strongly but half way during the third quarter, Gateway changed their tactics and played a fast paced game taking the pressure back into the Peters camp. The third quarter ended with Gateway taking a 7 point lead. Both teams were under pressure during the last quarter but Gateway displayed better skill and finesse to end the game at 75-67.
Mirtesh Thurairaja and Disura Dissanayake of Gateway College were named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the Best Defensive Player respectively. Kusal Kodituwakku of St. Peters was named the Best Offensive Player.