Under 11 BISAC Basketball 2011
Bouncing into the Big Time!
‘A dream come true', Dario Notarangelo 6G
It was another very busy weekend in the Patana PE calendar and the primary basketballers were in action and raring to go in their BISAC U11 Basketball tournament at ISB and Patana. The teams were feeling confident and excited as they had prepared hard for the event.
The boys headed off to ISB with the Tigers representing Patana in the Championship and our Orange and Black squads in the Cup Tournament. In the pool stage the Tigers were looking very strong and finished top after beating ISB 2 and Shrewsbury, this set up a semi-final with NIST. The Tigers proved too strong, NIST were no match for the awesome shooting skills of Louise, Dario, Ben, Kevin and the powerful rebounding skills of Ruben, Sebastian, Jayden and James. The Tigers were through to the final against ISB, a repeat of last year where Patana lost by one point. Would this be our year??
The atmosphere for the final was electric and the boys knew that they would need to focus and concentrate hard if they were going to beat ISB. It was a fantastic start as Jayden tapped the ball to Ben from the tip-off and he ran down the court to score an easy layup. From that point on the boys never looked back as they rose to the occasion and played some of their best basketball, ISB never stood a chance as the Tigers won 25-17. A fantastic game and an experience I’m sure the boys will remember for many years to come. Well done Tigers, we’re proud of you!
Mr Brad writes regarding our Orange and Black teams in the Cup competition:
The Patana Boys Black & Orange teams had a great day of basketball on Saturday, playing in the BISAC Cup competition at ISB. The Orange team played great basketball all day, to make the semi-finals, only to face their friends and fellow Patana team – the Blacks (for the second year in a row). In the semi-final, both teams played impressive team basketball, with the Blacks progressing to the Grand Final of the Cup and the Orange team going into the play-off for Bronze.
Patana Orange played Shrewsbury in the third and fourth place play off, in a game that was dominated by Orange from the start, even with Shrewsbury playing a zone defence. Patana eventually took third place convincingly.
For Patana Black, it was a ‘clean sweep’ – winning every game they played, with some awesome work in the key and under the basket, with Patana only losing six rebounds in defence and attack for the entire tournament. In the final against NIST, it was 14-8, with NIST a deserving Silver winner, but Patana Black took the Gold for the second year running.
Throughout the tournament and in training in 2011 the teams have shown great character, determination, sportsmanship and adherence to the team ‘game-plan’, which resulted in the results they deserved.
Mr Tatam writes regarding our girls:
Patana had stepped in to host the U’11 Girls Basketball as due to fixture congestion Shrewsbury could not this year. The floods had taken their toll as several schools were unable to attend but that certainly failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 6 teams which took part. The girls proudly matched the boys by fielding 3 teams with our Patana Tigers playing in the Championship and our Patana Black and Patana Orange taking their place in the Cup.
Having coached our U’11 Girls Basketball ECA this year with Khun Patcharee, all of the hard work by all of the 40+ girls who attended and not just the 24 who represented us in BISAC certainly paid off. The Black and the Orange teams both played with great skill and understanding and their confidence grew throughout the tournament with both teams beating both Shrewsbury and ISB on the way to the Cup Final. The Blacks proved just a little too strong in the end and were crowned Cup Champions (also for the second year running) with the Oranges a well deserved second.
I had expected much of my Patana Tigers Team and they certainly did not let me down with an assured performance from start to finish. In the Round Robin they dispatched both Shrewsbury Storm and ISB Black by 30 points while trying to keep the scoring down. The final was against a much more determined ISB Black team and they scored first to lay the gauntlet firmly with us. Our girls were not to be denied though as they combined strong defence, great vision and lethal rebounding and shooting to win 22 to 4.
A great achievement for all of our U’11 basketballers. Well done girls!!
It is also an incredible statistic that none of our 6 boys and girls teams lost to anyone other than Patana. To beat that we currently hold the clean sweep of BISAC U’11 sports in Boys and Girls Tee Ball, Football, Athletics and now Basketball. An amazing achievement, that all of our Primary students should be justly proud.
Well done to all the coaching staff and all the parents who managed to juggle their day between the many Patana events and still found time to cheer on our teams. Lastly to all of the students who attend our Tuesday Basketball ECA whether they were invited to play on this occasion or not.
The Primary Physical Education Team
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