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usausa
08-05-2009, 02:25 AM
NAME (DoB, Club)
Mithila Iresha ABEYSEKARA (11-04-1984, Sampath Bank)
Agalathunga Arachchige Pushpa Kumara (05-25-1982, NTB)
Danawansa Chamath Gokula (03-06-1983, Sampath Bank)
De Silva Hendahewa Harshadeva Yasarathna (04-17-1986, Dialog Telecom)
Ranhaluge Roshan Suranga Fernando (05-16-1988, HNB)
Kolamba Arachchige Thissara Chathuranga (11-03-1985, Sampath Bank)
Kulathunga Jagath Pushpakumara Bandara (07-06-1978, DPMC)
Shanaka Prasad (03-31-1985, Delmege)
Rajapaksha Duke Sanjeewa (10-27-1976, Dialog Telecom PVT)
Dodangodaarachchige Sidath Senanayake (04-11-1988, NTB)
Serasinghe Jayakody Arachchige Chamath (03-13-1986, DFCC)
Sooriyaarachchi Don Roshan Randima (11-24-1981, Delmege)

Head Coach Ajit Kuruppu

But according to Sri Lanka newspaper, The Island, it is reported the team was to leave on the 4th of August, but they wouldn't make it unless they had financial assistance (corporate sponsor). At the time of the article, there were no sponsors. This would be sad if they dont go. As badly as they will most likely get defeated, it's still nice to see other countries play.

Sources for roster: china2009.fiba.com, island.lk

from island.lk

The 25th FIBA Asia Basketball Championship for Men will be staged in Tianjin city, China, from August 6 to 16. The championship serves as the qualifying tournament for FIBA Asia for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

A Sri Lankan basketball team has been able to qualify for the tournament after 15 years where 16 teams will be involved.

Sri Lanka will compete in Group A along with Korea, Japan and Philippines while Iran, Chinese Taipei, Kuwait and Uzbekistan will compete in Group B and Kazakhstan, Qatar, India and host China will compete in Group C. Lebanon, Jordan Indonesia and U.A.E are in Group D.

The top three teams will qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be held in Turkey. At least three more teams will be selected as wild cards by FIBA to complete in the 24 team event.

The Sri Lanka team comprises Rajapaksha Duke Sanjeewa (Dialog Telecom PVT), Kulathunga Jagath Pushpakumara Bandara (DPMC), Danawansa Chamath Gokula (Sampath Bank), Sooriyaarachchi Don Roshan Randima (Delmege), Agalathunga Arachchige Pushpa Kumara( NTB), Shanaka Prasad (Delmege), Mithila Abeysekera (Sampath Bank), Ranhaluge Roshan Suranga Fernando (HNB), Dodangodaarachchige Sidath Senanayake (NTB), De Silva Hendahewa Harshadeva Yasarathna (Dialog Telecom), Kolamba Arachchige Thissara Chathuranga (Sampath Bank) and Serasinghe Jayakody Arachchige Chamath (DFCC).

Sri Lanka will open the tournament against Philippines on August 6 followed by matches against Korea and Japan.

Sri Lanka coach Ajit Kuruppu told ‘The Island’ that "the Sri Lankan team has improved a lot. We selected this team targeting next year’s SAF games. We will have to go through a gruelling time in the first round as we will meet strong teams like Korea, Japan and the Philippines.

The Sri Lanka team is expected to leave the island on August 4 but ‘The Island’ learns that they will not be able to make it, unless they are provided financial assistance for their air tickets. So far, no sponsors have come forward to support the Sri Lanka team.

kerouac82
08-05-2009, 02:33 AM
NAME (DoB, Club)
Mithila Iresha ABEYSEKARA (11-04-1984, Sampath Bank)
Agalathunga Arachchige Pushpa Kumara (05-25-1982, NTB)
Danawansa Chamath Gokula (03-06-1983, Sampath Bank)
De Silva Hendahewa Harshadeva Yasarathna (04-17-1986, Dialog Telecom)
Ranhaluge Roshan Suranga Fernando (05-16-1988, HNB)
Kolamba Arachchige Thissara Chathuranga (11-03-1985, Sampath Bank)
Kulathunga Jagath Pushpakumara Bandara (07-06-1978, DPMC)
Shanaka Prasad (03-31-1985, Delmege)
Rajapaksha Duke Sanjeewa (10-27-1976, Dialog Telecom PVT)
Dodangodaarachchige Sidath Senanayake (04-11-1988, NTB)
Serasinghe Jayakody Arachchige Chamath (03-13-1986, DFCC)
Sooriyaarachchi Don Roshan Randima (11-24-1981, Delmege)

Head Coach Ajit Kuruppu

But according to Sri Lanka newspaper, The Island, it is reported the team was to leave on the 4th of August, but they wouldn't make it unless they had financial assistance (corporate sponsor). At the time of the article, there were no sponsors. This would be sad if they dont go. As badly as they will most likely get defeated, it's still nice to see other countries play.



My bad -- game's scheduled for tomorrow.

usausa
08-05-2009, 03:25 AM
haha lol:D i was like, what? :D:D

usausa
08-05-2009, 03:26 AM
Just to make sure, game is 9 AM Philippine time on Thursday right? just makin sure since i live exactly 12 hrs back from Philippines so I do not want to be off....so that would be 9PM Wednesday in Boston

kaiziken_pinas
08-05-2009, 04:51 AM
no info about their height? anyway.... they WILL have a hard time... THEY NEED A MIRACLE TO BE ABLE TO BEAT RP, JAPAN, and Korea, let alone proceed nxt round.

I hope they make it though. I want to see out team play

PogiIT
08-05-2009, 05:15 AM
If the sri lankan team won't able to make it, i think its bad for the philippine team.... i think they need the sri lankan team for tune up just to feel the playing court. :( :eek:

usausa
08-05-2009, 05:23 AM
yes, i will indeed be very disappointed. and I could find no height/weight/position for any players so far. asia-basket just has the roster listed from 2007. Hopefully, FIBA Asia will add it. They don't even have all the hieghts or any positions for Team Pilipinas!
http://china2009.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/09/fascm/team/p/eid/4046/lid//rid//sid/4046/tid/346/profile.html

Maximus1984
08-05-2009, 07:25 AM
any updates concerning the sri-lankian team?

i guess FIBA Asia should do something about it ...

nardy
08-05-2009, 07:34 AM
If the sri lankan team won't able to make it, i think its bad for the philippine team.... i think they need the sri lankan team for tune up just to feel the playing court. :( :eek:

For me this is not actually such a good news, I would rather have the Sri Lanka play as it would be a good opportunity for the Philippine team to start the tournament on a winning note. It would be their platform that they could use in order to launch the team as a final preparation for tougher battles ahead.

Mojado
08-05-2009, 07:42 AM
I am still wondering why Afghanistan did not apply for a ticket for China as the team would easily defeat Sri Lanka in a qualifier. Sri Lanka did get the chance due to the fact that the regional-FIBA boss is Sri Lankan... If they cant make it to China, ban them from competition for a period of time. This is not the 80's or 90's where teams can suddenly pull out without getting any punishment. Even in Africa, all teams made it to Libya in time.

leb-basket
08-05-2009, 01:10 PM
For me this is not actually such a good news, I would rather have the Sri Lanka play as it would be a good opportunity for the Philippine team to start the tournament on a winning note. It would be their platform that they could use in order to launch the team as a final preparation for tougher battles ahead.

your afraid of the syrian nt :p lol cause as i heard the syrian nt will replace sri lanka haha
a strong nt shouldn't be afraid of any other team :D look at us we are over confident hehe i know this is wrong lol we can't wait china vs lebanon match lol but you shouldn't be afraid of any other nt :) except for ours :p:rolleyes:;) hehe

interxavierxxx
08-05-2009, 01:21 PM
your afraid of the syrian nt :p lol cause as i heard the syrian nt will replace sri lanka haha
a strong nt shouldn't be afraid of any other team :D look at us we are over confident hehe i know this is wrong lol we can't wait china vs lebanon match lol but you shouldn't be afraid of any other nt :) except for ours :p:rolleyes:;) hehe

That was a typo, Syria will not replace Sri Lanka in the Asian Champs.

Source: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/169110/FIBA-Asia-meet-RP-5-debuts-vs-obscure-Sri-Lanka

Oh and btw, we're not afraid of anything because we are already facing two top teams in the first round. You, on the other hand, have only Jordan to worry about in the first round. I wonder how you would react if your team faces Iran/Korea, Japan and Jordan in the first round.

leb-basket
08-05-2009, 01:29 PM
That was a typo, Syria will not replace Sri Lanka in the Asian Champs.

Source: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/169110/FIBA-Asia-meet-RP-5-debuts-vs-obscure-Sri-Lanka

Oh and btw, we're not afraid of anything because we are already facing two top teams in the first round. You, on the other hand, have only Jordan to worry about in the first round. I wonder how you would react if your team faces Iran/Korea, Japan and Jordan in the first round.

this would be gr8 ! i'd love to be in such a group!!!! enthousiastic games to watch! and we would win all of them japan and jordan are easy to win over
u saw how we played against korea in jones cup tournament (we arrived to a 30pts diff) iran is going to be the hardest game but we would win over it cause now we have a full team with a gr8 chemistry as coach raca stated !:)

usausa
08-05-2009, 02:50 PM
I am still wondering why Afghanistan did not apply for a ticket for China as the team would easily defeat Sri Lanka in a qualifier. Sri Lanka did get the chance due to the fact that the regional-FIBA boss is Sri Lankan... If they cant make it to China, ban them from competition for a period of time. This is not the 80's or 90's where teams can suddenly pull out without getting any punishment. Even in Africa, all teams made it to Libya in time.

Actually, Sri Lanka, like any other team, got an opportunity to qualify for the Cahmpionship. In FIBA Middle Asia, only Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka applied for the Championship. Afghanistan did not apply, so no ticket. Had they applied, there would have been probably a single round robin and then a final with the two best teams. And I am not so upset if Sri Lanka has to pull out. I mean, if no one was willing to sponsor them, thats not their fault they don't have the financial means to make it.

nardy
08-05-2009, 02:58 PM
Philippine Head Coach Yeng Guiao said the team got a glimpse of their Sri Lankan opponents came Wednesday morning during breakfast at the King Hall Hotel where both teams are staying.

“Physically, they are quite small, Guaio noted of the Sri Lankans, a people more known to be adept at cricket than basketball.

“Still, we don’t know anything about them," he added. “We have no scouting report on them and we haven’t seen them play."

A check with the FIBA-Asia organizers showed only the name of the 12-man roster of Sri Lanka, but no specific positions, heights and weights were included.

Facing a blank wall, Guiao said there should be no room for complacency in Powerade-RP’s duel against the island country in South Asia.

“We have to go all out against them regardless of what kind of team they have," said the RP coach shortly before the team went to practice at the vast Sports Hotel Wednesday.

http://china2009.fiba.com/img/flag/150x134/SRI.png
Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA's ROSTER
# Name P Height DOB Place Of Birth Last season club
M. Iresha
ABESEKARA -/- 04/11/1984 -
SRI
A.P. Pushpakumara
AGALATHUNGA -/- 25/05/1982 -
SRI
Chamath Gokula
DANAWANSA -/- 06/03/1983 -
SRI
H.H. Yasarathne
DE SILVA -/- 17/04/1986 -
SRI
R.R.Suranga
FERNANDO -/- 16/05/1988 -
SRI
T Chathuranga
KOLAMBA ARACHCHIGE -/- 03/11/1985 -
SRI
K.M.J.P.K.B. Kulathunga
KULATHUNGA -/- 06/07/1978 -
SRI
Shanaka Prasad
PERERA -/- 31/03/1985 -
SRI
Duke Sanjeewa
RAJAPAKSHE -/- 27/10/1976 -
SRI
D.A. Sidath
SENANAYAKE -/- 11/04/1988 -
SRI
S.J.A.D.C. Serasinghe
SERASINGHE -/- 13/03/1986 -
SRI
D R Randima
SOOROYAARACHCHI -/- 24/11/1981 -
SRI
Average height: -/-


ACHIEVEMENTS IN FIBA COMPETITION
Season Competition Placement
PARTICIPATION IN FIBA COMPETITION
Season Last Achieved Round
2000 Asian Championship for Young Men Classification
2000 Asian Championship for Junior Men Classification
1995 Asian Championship for Men Classification Round
1991 Asian Championship for Men Classification Round
1986 Asian Championship for Men Classification Round
1981 Asian Championship for Men Classification Round
1977 Asian Championship for Men Classification Round
1975 Asian Championship for Men Classification Round

Philippines (PHI) vs. All teams - FIBA Asia Championship for Men
Win-Loss record: 114 - 55 (67%)
Participation: 22
vs. Sri Lanka (SRI): 1 win - 0 loss (100 %)
Year Event Result
1977 Asian Championship for Men 119-70

usausa
08-05-2009, 03:22 PM
Ah so nice to see they made it. Sri Lanka papers have had no mention on whether they made it or not.

jxuusa
08-05-2009, 06:25 PM
Cool that they managed to get there, and wow they are all very young, with the oldest being like 32 going on 33 in 2 months.

ryannaja
08-05-2009, 08:11 PM
Its great that they made it. That means the nearest game is in 5 hours! BTW, did you guys know Sri Lanka's record in the Asian Basketball Championship is 0-41 ? So hopes arent very high for the Sri Lankans.

jxuusa
08-06-2009, 02:50 AM
Well, they got there... but got absolutely crushed by the pinoys 115-31...
wonder what the score be if they played usa

good experience for them anyways, hope they develop their basketball program better

kaiziken_pinas
08-06-2009, 02:55 AM
GO rP..... it could have been better for sri lanka if they did not come lol

stuart
08-06-2009, 03:22 AM
Despite the result of their first game, I was happy that Sri Lanka made it... did a corporate sponsor come through?

Stuart

granadaddy
08-06-2009, 07:33 AM
your afraid of the syrian nt :p lol cause as i heard the syrian nt will replace sri lanka haha
a strong nt shouldn't be afraid of any other team :D look at us we are over confident hehe i know this is wrong lol we can't wait china vs lebanon match lol but you shouldn't be afraid of any other nt :) except for ours :p:rolleyes:;) hehe

There is no way that your team will beat China. Sad to say, it's gonna be another loss for you guys. :D

usausa
08-06-2009, 06:05 PM
Despite the result of their first game, I was happy that Sri Lanka made it... did a corporate sponsor come through?

Stuart

No idea. Sri Lankan newspapers make no mention of team or game vs. RP.