After the disappointment of the SISAC basketball tournament, where the boys finished a narrow second, the ACAMIS tournament presented the perfect opportunity to put right the wrongs of the previous weekend.
Despite a rousing pre-game speech from school Principal Kevin Foyle the boys started slowly and failed to get out of second gear for three of the first four quarters in their first game against Shenzhen. Possibly they were still a little shaken by their SISAC disappointment. They soon snapped out of it and made short work of a good Beijing team in their second game.
From there on the team hit their stride and strung together a number of good performances, none more so than the final. They faced a solid Xiamen team and ended up winning by more than twenty points (which is considered a bit of a whipping), a blow out in basketball terminology! This was possibly some small measure of revenge for consecutive losses in championship matches to Xiamen three years ago in Beijing and four years ago in Xiamen. The team played some outstanding basketball, moving the ball to perfection at times, executing offensive sets flawlessly and running the floor whenever possible.
It was a terrific way for the four Year 13 students who’ll graduate this year to finish their BISS Lions careers. All four of them have been tremendous servants to the team over the years. Kris Milami has been an integral member of the team since arriving two years ago. His rebounding and athleticism will be sorely missed. It was no surprise that Riley Levine, team captain and the season’s outstanding player was a worthy member of the All-Tournament Team.
Like the others or perhaps more so, it was an emotional occasion for Pablo Lahoz-Powter and Alan Hong, also voted to the All-Tournament Team. They leave BISS Puxi after playing for the team for the last five years. Both members of the legendary undefeated 2013 BISS Lions team, they have had their fair shares of highs and lows as Lions and it was an amazing achievement for the two of them to go out on a high!
In all games this season the team finished with the impressive record of 22 wins and 5 losses. Coaches Lister and Harriott could not be more proud!