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Lankans face heavy defeats at FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

Action at the Sri Lanka (white) vs. Palestine match
Action at the Sri Lanka (white) vs. Palestine match

Sri Lanka Basketball team suffered two more defeats at the hands of Palestine (74-129) and Kazakhstan (37-107) in their matches played for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers window three Group ‘F’ at Isa Town Basketball Arena in Manama, Bahrain.

After losing the curtain raiser Kazakhstan (52-111) Lankans managed to put up a much improved performance against Palestine but ultimately lost the match (74-129). They trailed (19-38) in the first quarter and were 36 points behind at the half time (70-34).

Winners dominated the third quarter to post a 101-54 score and sealed their victory with a big margin of 55 points (129-74).

Meanwhile, in the second game against Kazakhstan, Lankans tasted a bitter defeat (37-107) after trailing 02-37 and 13-66 at first quarter and short whistle respectively. The winners had firm control of the game and led 85-26 at the end of the third quarter and recorded a comfortable win.

Subsequently, the match against Jordan was postponed after seven players and three officials were tested Covid-19 positive. The organizers are yet to inform the plight of that match which might be played at a later date.

The Lankan camp consisted of a young and inexperienced side comparable to their other opponents. Sri Lanka suffered heavy defeats in their away matches played earlier at the hands of Palestine (60-102) and Jordan (45-100) in February last year, during the first window of matches in group ‘F’.

They were to play Kazakhstan at home last November but the second window got cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic. The Lankan contingent was sans two senior experienced players Gayan Croos and Krishan Cooray, who missed this tour due to the virtual 38-day quarantine. (AN)