BISAC Basketball 2010
Primary Basketballers Enjoy a Great BISAC Tournament
‘Believe in yourself and you can achieve the impossible’, Louise Velayo 5N
Last weekend was one of the busiest of the year on the Patana sports calendar with teams traveling to various destinations around South East Asia. In the Primary School forty four of our enthusiastic young basketball players were called into action for their annual Under 11 BISAC tournament. It was an early start for the teams as the tournament was held at ISB, but everyone was raring to go. The teams had prepared hard for the day and the competition for places had been fierce.
In the boys tournament the Tigers represented Patana in the Championship while our Orange and Black squads participated in the Cup Tournament. The Tigers had a difficult pool with Shrewsbury and Harrow and they knew that they would need to be at the top of their game if they were to go through. It was a very close and tense opening game against Shrewsbury which we eventually lost by the narrowest of margins, this meant that we needed to beat Harrow to go through to the semi finals. The boys rose to the challenge and went through to meet RIS, we knew that this would be one of our toughest games as they were looking like the favorites to win the tournament. Once again the boys played some inspired basketball, RIS never had a chance as they demonstrated the value of determination and a solid defense. ISB were next, in the final.
The final didn’t disappoint and was certainly not for the faint-hearted as each team played some of their best basketball. Both teams shared the lead at various stages and with one minute to go the Tigers were up, sadly this wasn’t to be our day and when the final whistle went we were 2 points down. A fantastic game and an experience I’m sure the boys will remember for many years to come. Well done Tigers, we are 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 Cup competition. The Orange team played great basketball all day, making the semi finals, only to face their friends and fellow Patana team, the Blacks. In the semi, both teams played impressive team basketball, with the Blacks progressing to the Final of the Cup and the Orange team going into the play off for 3rd and 4th.
Patana Orange played Harrow, in a game that was dominated by Orange from the start. Patana eventually took third place convincingly and should be very pleased with their efforts.
For Patana Black, it was a ‘clean sweep’ winning every game they played. But not without drama, especially as they had to face ISB in the final.
The final versus ISB was a truly epic encounter and a rollercoaster ride for both teams. Patana came from behind on three separate occasions to eventually win it, 14-12, in the last 30 seconds of the 2nd period of extra time.
As both coaches put it; it was not the individual that impressed on Saturday, it was the teams. Individually both teams did not have the top players in the tournament, but as teams they never once diverged from their game plan, complained or gave up. They both showed awesome character, determination, sportsmanship and team play, which resulted in the results they deserved.
Miss Fiona writes regarding our brave girls:
The girls fielded two teams this season with the Patana Tigers in the Championship and Patana Black in the Cup. After our earlier matches during the season we knew the competition would be tight. The Tigers started well scoring first points against RIS, the lead then changed a few times but unfortunately in the second half with one minute to go RIS scored the winning basket. Our next game was against Harrow. We had strong defence and some good movement but our shooting let us down and is an aspect of the game for all players to work on for next year. After the pool games the Tigers found themselves playing for their pride in the 5th / 6th playoff. Serri Matula 6O, the captain, led by example to help the Tigers convincingly beat NIST to finish in 5th position.
The Black team were in the cup competition in a pool of four. They won their games against RIS and ISB and lost one game to Harrow. These results were good enough to secure a semi final position. The semi final displayed the team’s great teamwork and their improved, accurate shooting. The girls played hard, won their game and were in the final against Harrow. The game was very evenly matched and the girls guarded well toughing it out and releasing their inner tiger. At full time the score was even at 10 – 10 and the game went into extra time. The Black team scored the first basket but Harrow were quick to reply. With 30 seconds to go Harrow pulled ahead and our girls just ran out of time. Congratulations to all the players and we hope to see you again next year.
A big well done and thank you must go to Mr. Amuchou, Miss Fiona, Khun Patcharee, Mr. Brad and Mr Chris for their coaching on the day. We would also like to thank 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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