We played as hard as we could in our first match against ISHCMC from the word go. We were up by 5 points at halftime, Tyler was playing an amazing game with 20 points, and gaining many fouls. We went into the second half knowing our capabilities and feeling positive that we could win the game. However, the game didn't go our way as we gave many fouls and missed countless amounts of opportunities. We lost the lead and fought to keep up making us panic and give fouls, which lead to us losing the first match, with the score around 45-38.
After this we were quite disappointed with ourselves as we all knew our team's potential, however, we didn't give up as we still had a chance to get into the final. We all raised our heads back up after the loss and went into our second game against AIS at full thrust.
Needing to win two matches to be in the finals, we put all of our efforts into this game against SSIS. From the start we knew it was going to be tough but we believed in our team, and shortly realised that this match wasn’t going to be easy. Throughout the full 24 minutes of the game our team's were within several points of each other and the tension was gaining. With one minute left and Tyler fouled out of the game, our team tried to hang on with with only points separation, but with a last minute shot, our game resulted in a sad score at 32-34.
We had lost our chance in the finals however knew we could still place so we played our last match with everything we had. It was a slow match with many tired bodies getting injured but we held on to the end gaining another win. We ended up coming third in the tournament however we played like a winning team, never letting our heads drop and always playing till the final second. Our team has learnt a lot through this tournament and we hope to come back stronger next year, with a new squad and new hope and determination. Finally we wanted to give a huge thanks to our coach, Mr McLoughlin for all the hours he spent helping us prepare and always providing the support and encouragement that our team needed at all times, he has brought this team very far from where it was and we couldn't have done it without him.
The coachs player of the tournament went to Tyler Nguyen for all his tremendous hard work and effort on and off the court. We believe that the captains player of the tournament should go to Khoa Tran for his amazing efforts, and communication skills which motivated and helped us thrive in our matches. In addition, he always tried his hardest even against the strongest and tallest players he was up against and performed exceedingly well.
Benjamin and Jonathan