SABA Championship: Sri Lanka basketball team finish runners-up
The hard work that the national basketball team put in the lead up to their major international challenge this year came in handy, as they finished runners-up in the SABA Championship in Dhaka earlier this week.
Sri Lanka lost just one game to regional powerhouse India in this campaign as performances of several young players stood out. Dasun Nilantha, Nimesh Fernando and Rukshan Atapattu played brilliantly throughout the campaign.
However, the standout performer was captain Clinton Stallone who was unstoppable both in offence and defense. His leadership skills also stood out, and moving forward he has much to offer.
Sri Lanka’s selectors had balanced the side with a mixture of youth and experience and this excellent performance gives us an opportunity to build on for the future.
The team was placed in a bio-secure bubble for a period of one month leading up to the tournament, with Sugathadasa Hostel complex being their base during the training period. The team was able to train, conduct gym, swimming and recovery sessions at the same premises. This helped to improve the performance of the team, and more importantly, develop camaraderie amongst players.