The Girls team have had their best season in the history of the school this year. The city is always split into East and West but this year a further split was introduced to the West as there are so many schools on this side of the city so there was a North / South split within the West.
We came top of our half as we didn’t lose a game and therefore had to play SCIS Puxi, who were the top of their half of the West. We beat them on Friday in a close game. The girls were confident throughout though and never showed any sides of panic or self-doubt. We therefore headed over to the tournament on Saturday morning as the best in the West!
We beat both Dulwich and SCIS Pudong to gain a place in the final. The girls played outstanding basketball in two very close games. They played as a solid team communicating fantastically and putting in all of their effort to get into the final. The final was against the home team SAS Pudong who won the league last year. We put a big fight but were exhausted from the previous games and, despite Lan Tao making some amazing 3 point shots and Josephine Chan sprinting down the court to get some fast breaks, we ended up in second place. Last year we came third so the girls were thrilled with their improvement and very happy with the big trophy we got to bring back to school.
All of the team have put in a fantastic effort this year with our captain Lan Tao setting a brilliant example of dedication and making sure she always puts 100% into every game. The team this year included some very young players so we have high hopes that the girls will continue to do very well next year too.
The boys’ team finished in 4th place, convincingly beating SAS Pudong in the quarter finals and then facing SCIS Pudong in the semis. Trailing by 12 points, the boys were able to claw their way back into the game with a massive 4th quarter performance. The game was tied with 14 seconds to go when the Lions unfortunately gave away a needless foul. SCIS were able to score one of their two free throws and win the game.
It was a tough loss and the boys were unable to rebound from it. The game for 3rd/4th place was tough to get motivated for and the disenchantment showed in the teams’ body language, and unfortunately they didn’t manage a win.
Stand out performers from the boys' team for the tournament as a whole were Jamie Shen, Riley Lavine and Captain Max Tan.
Both teams are now focusing on this weekend’s ACAMIS tournament which is being held here at BISS Puxi from Thursday.
Please come along and show your support to both the boys and girls teams. Come on Lions!
- Marie Monro, girls coach
- Luke Lister, boys coach