Boys Basketball v St Pauls Wed 25th November
This game was closely fought and went down to the wire. With BVIS leading with just 30 seconds left on the clock, all they had to do was keep the ball in their possession until the final whistle. In the heat of the moment Xuan Quang went for the basket and returned possession to SPAS and on their last play of the game scored a jump shot to put them in the lead. With just 4 seconds remaining Xuan Quang had 2 free throws which he could not convert, excellent rebounding from Bob gained possession and once again we were fouled in the final second of the game. This time Cong Hoang was to take the free throws. If he made one the game would go into overtime, if he made them both we would win the game. With a steady hand…… he scored both baskets and BVIS won the game. What a fantastic result, that just gives the boys so much confidence and satisfaction.
Girls Basketball v St Pauls Wed 25th November
Result BVIS 21: St Pauls 3
“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.”
Sprinting great, Carl Lewis.
Tropical downpours welcomed Basketball heavyweights St Paul’s to BVIS Hanoi. The girls were ferried across to the theatre of dreams, the new Primary Sports’ Hall. The BVIS girls carved out a healthy lead. They were well organized in defense, tigerish when competing for the loose ball and ruthless in attack. Returning to Carl Lewis’s observation, one noticeable factor exhibited by all BVIS teams has been a tendency to timidity. This was not the case on Wednesday. All the lay-up drills demanded by Mr Perry reaped rich, deserved rewards. It is one of the many positive facets of a teacher’s career to witness a student visibly grow in confidence. The BVIS squad as a team have grown in self-belief. Whilst possession was shared equally, the girls repeatedly selected the correct shot option by attempting to lay-up, which is the highest percentage shot in basketball. Alice nailed five lay ups, using her height to the teams advantage. This extinguished any hope of a St Paul’s comeback. All girls played well with Jess and Nancy driving the team with some lightning fast breaks. Michelle often acting as ball carrier showed a keen appreciation of the fundamentals of this sport. What is clear is that for this group of capable young ladies, their star is on the rise. With a drop or two of dedication on the training ground, they could develop into a very useful team. Another plus from the afternoon’s match-up was the sportsmanship displayed by both teams, and Andrena managed to keep the decibels to an acceptable minimum. Very well played, girls!