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Girls U11 SISAC Basketball Championships

The Girls U11 Basketball SISAC season came to an end on Wednesday with the city championships, held at BVIS. The TX team were drawn in a group alongside Saigon Pearl School, Renaissance School and the American International School.

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Participating in inter-school tournaments is a great experience for the children.  In our assembly, two weeks ago, I spoke about some of the benefits of being part of sports team in school.  Firstly, it builds perseverance – not everyone can win and the children learn to be determined to improve their own performance.  Secondly, it helps to make friends – not only with your team mates but also with the other children competing.  Thirdly, the research shows that if you join in with sports whilst at school, you are far more likely to continue them into adulthood.

So how did our team get on at the city championships? First up for the girls was Renaissance School. The girls started slowly and found themselves 4-0 down after 3 minutes. After regrouping and excellent rebounding and defensive play by Naomi Tran, the TX team was dragged back into the game after 4 quick baskets all scored by Minh Anh Mai. The girls grew in confidence and the game finished. TX 14 – 4 Renaissance.

Next up was The American School. In a very close game, there were standout performances from Yui and Mei Okada unfortunately the girls fell to a late basket. TX 10 – 12 to the American International School.

The final group game was against Saigon Pearl School. The winner of the game would advance to the semi-final and the girls were a little bit nervous. The nerves didn’t show on the court though, TX were brilliant and blew the opposition away with Naeyun EO scoring heavily and Pauline Pham and Pucca Nguyen also scoring their first baskets. Final score; TX 18 – 0 ISSP.

The semi-final drew TX against the hosts, BVIS. BVIS are a strong team and had beaten TX in a fixture only 2 weeks earlier. They had won all of their games in the tournament convincingly. TX took an early 4 point lead and held that lead until half time. Some great defence, but misplaced shots kept the score like that for a long time. BVIS came back in the second half and drew the scores level to 4 – 4…and so to overtime. Again a very tight 5 minutes was played. With 45 seconds left there was heartbreak for the TX team as BVIS broke and scored a good layup. There was still one more chance for TX but unfortunately the shot missed.

Final Score TX 4 – 6 BVIS (After Overtime)

The girls involved (Naeyun Eo, Minh Anh Mai, Yui Okada, Mei Okada, Pucca Nguyen, Pauline Pham, Naomi Tran) were a credit to the school and have come so far in a short time. The season has been a great success with all of our students experience success, disappointment and the motivation to improve and most importantly, fun. They have learned new skills and been able to perform under pressure. Basketball was new to the majority of the girls this year. The TX team have grown in ability and confidence in the last 3 months, and it was great to see them mixing, competing and making friends with children from other schools.

Mr Ali, PE Leader

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