The team started with a few absentees due to additional sporting commitments, including Coach Ivory and Mr Potter who were on SEASAC duty.
As coach on the day I was ably assisted by Caleb Olive in Year 10, a rising star of our SEASAC Basketball team. The team started well with a convincing victory over Tenby school, the points difference in this game proved to be valuable as Tenby got better as the tournament progressed and teams were unable to beat them as convincingly as we did. The players during this game were all able to get a large amount of court time and they all adapted incredibly well to a number of different player combinations. Good forward play by; Alister, Giacomo, Kofi, Jasper, Taishi, Elliot and Jasper was supported well by the handling and creativity of our guards; Emrie, Rossa, Shi Chaun and Marnix.
Our second game saw a narrow defeat to MKIS. The two point win for MKIS came in the last seconds of the game following a tense end to end period of play. During this period of play KLASS had several opportunities to score but were unable to successfully convert them. Both teams defended frantically but it was a shot from long range which eventually claimed a victory for MKIS.
Following the disappointment of losing by two points the team regrouped for a convincing win over a ISKL C team, the 20 point margin would help us secure 2nd place in our group. We were unable to claim first in our group due to a very strong ISKL A team. The KLASS Team matched the experienced ISKL side throughout the match going into the second half of our game only two points down. The effort from the boys was immense, however at the final whistles the gap had widened to 6 points. However the players performed incredibly well.
Our 2nd place in the group allowed us to face our hosts BSKL in a third place play off. The game was a tense affair with both teams having chances to create a points gap. Our U13 Boys seized the advantage just into the second half and never looked back, easing to a convincing win and a bronze medal.
I would like to congratulate the boys for their fantastic attitude throughout the competition, it was a pleasure to coach them.
For those players who are yet to collect a medal they are waiting for you on my desk at EP (PE Dept).
The Boys team consisted of:
Rossa Bellew, Shi Chaun, Elliot Cook, Felix Green, Marnix Hofstede, Taishi Kimura-Davies, Emrie Loh, Jasper Meckel, Giacomo Ricotta, Kofi Thorpe and Alister Yoong
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