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Sports Report: The BISS Lions Have a Great Start to 2015

22 January 2015

Last weekend was the BISS Lions’ first official sporting weekend of 2015 and with seven competitive teams playing in competitions all over the city, it was a busy one. Our hard working student athletes have been stretching themselves to the limit in training to gain an advantage on the pitch and on the court and as the results came in across Saturday, it was very exciting to see such positivity coming from all disciplines.

  • The BISS Puxi SISAC girls' D1 team came third in the City Championships

Basketball U19 SISAC Boys’ Division 1 City Championships

Saturday saw the first of this season’s two culminating basketball tournaments. The BISS Lions, starting as number one seed in the Western conference, began in fine form making short work of an energetic, able Concordia team. They then faced SCIS Hongqiao for a place in the final. Beaten convincingly in the regular season, the challenge against SCIS was complacency. The Lions managed to maintain their focus with a real team effort to win convincingly, setting them up for a final with SMIC.

In the final, the team started well and were up by 16 at half time and very much in control of the game.  However, some outstanding play by the SMIC number 21 allowed them to get a foothold on the game.  At this point, the momentum of the game was high and with the boys facing many challenges through some tough-to-take refereeing decisions, they held their discipline but gradually were pegged back by the increasingly resurgent SMIC team who eventually won the final by two points. 

Despite the defeat, there were a number of standout performances from the boys with Riley Levine dominating games with his intensity and excellent inside play. Alan Hong was able to get to the basket at will and was a consistent threat. Jasper Mayer was tireless with his outstanding defence and Jamie Shen provided good leadership and perimeter shooting on the day. The team play their final tournament of a gruelling season next week at ACAMIS (hosted by BISS Puxi) and are hoping to go one better and win it all. We'd love your support if you have time.

- Coach: Mr Lister

Basketball U19 SISAC Girls’ Division 1 City Championships

The Girls’ D1 Basketball squad have come a long way this season, both in terms of their individual and team performance, finishing a very encouraging third in the Western Conference. They headed to the SISAC Cup tournament at SAS Pudong confident of matching up well against the best that the rest of the city had to offer. They did not disappoint.

First up in the quarter finals was the second seed from the Eastern Conference, SCIS Pudong. The BISS Lions made a blistering start, holding their opposition to single digits in the first half with a strong defensive performance. Chances to extend their lead came and went, and the lead began to shorten as the opposition began to build some momentum of their own. However, players took responsibility and re-affirmed control in the fourth quarter to secure a 34-21 win.

In the semi-finals BISS Puxi came up against the top seed from the West, SCIS Hongqiao, a team that they had impressively beaten away earlier that week in what was the top seed's only defeat of the year. 

After a positive opening quarter, in which the Lions led for much of it, the match began to slip away from them. To their credit, each player continued to give their all in an effort to reduce the deficit, but the Red Dragons pulled away to win 44-23; leaving BISS Puxi in the third/fourth place match.

Facing the second seeds from the West, Suzhou, was already a big challenge for the Lions, given the disappointment of losing the semi-final and the fact that Suzhou had beaten them narrowly early on in the season.  But the girls responded magnificently, opening the match with great intensity and focus and building a strong lead. The Lions maintained quality play throughout the match and it ended 29-18 with the Lions winning third place, a remarkable achievement and one that all players, parents and coaches can be very proud of. 

- Coach: Mr Wilson

Netball U11

The U11 netball team had a fantastic start to the season over at Dulwich Pudong on Saturday.  We took 12 players, both boys and girls, to play five competitive games and for most of the players this was their first experience of playing at a team level and certainly against other schools. They all played with enthusiasm and determination and both on and off court they behaved impeccably and demonstrated great sportsmanship. During the morning it was a real pleasure to see how their skills developed, their confidence increased and their levels of enjoyment soared!

First up we played Dulwich Pudong B team and had a great victory of 7-0, followed by another success against BISS Pudong, confidently taking a 5-0 win. With some changes to our team we continued this successful run with a 1-0 win against Dulwich Suzhou. Dulwich Pudong A team gave us a challenging game but excellent support from the parents and team players on the side lines meant we kept up our defence and ended with a 1-1 draw.

Our final game against new comers to the tournament Wellington, proved to be our biggest challenge but our players persevered and worked hard as a team, accepting a 3-0 defeat with good spirits and a passion to try to beat them next time round; a healthy competitive streak clearly coming through!

Pelin and Jocelyn (both in Year 6) deserve a special mention for taking on team captain roles with confidence and for leading the teams well. However all players deserve a mention for their commitment, individual netball skills and teamwork; they should all be very proud!

Year 6: Leila, Julie, Helena, Riya, MinJu                  

Year 5: Erick, Lorenzo, Sophia, Lowa, Ada

- Coach: Miss Harding

Rugby U9 and U11

The BISS Lions U9 and U11 enjoyed a very successful first weekend of rugby.  We have had excellent numbers at the ECA and for many pupils it was their first taste of competitive rugby.  Those boys playing alongside pupils who experienced matches last year made fantastic progress and their understanding of the game developed with every match. 

We entered two teams at both U9 and U11 and all four teams were undefeated throughout the day.  The U9s had fixtures against Dulwich College, Dulwich Suzhou, Seahorses and BISS Pudong with the U11s playing the same opposition.  Both the U9 and U11 teams drew one game and won the rest.

It is not right to single out individual performances at this stage, and the team work and commitment shown by all the players was exemplary. We deliberately haven’t selected an A or B team, preferring to call the teams BISS green or black.  This allows experienced players to play alongside new players and the performances were excellent as a result. We have further ECAs this week and many more Saturday fixtures ahead.  We look forward to continued success.

- Coaches: Mr Rhodes, Mr Fudge and Mr Foster

All in all the weekend was a very successful one for our sports teams.  We look forward to telling you about the coming weekend’s results when we have Rugby, Swimming, and more Basketball.