Sixth Grade Basketball Teams Opened the Door on a New Phase in SIS Athletics
The boys and girls sixth grade basketball teams opened the door on a new phase in SIS athletics. Both teams competed in the Pearl River Conference (PRC) U/12 basketball tournament, which was a first for SIS. Due to the success of this venture, SIS will be expanding the U/12 participation in the PRC to include soccer, volleyball and basketball next year.
The girls traveled to AISG in Guangzhou for their tournament, while the boys remained in Shekou to battle it out on the QSI cement courts.
With eight weeks of training behind them and the support of their coach, Ms. Jun, the girls were set for their first game. They were matched against a rather strong Country Garden side, which would prove to be a tough first assignment. For most of the girls this was their first “official” game of basketball, which resulted in a nervous beginning for the team.
The Geckos were drawn in the pool of four teams, which means that they played one more game than teams in the other pool. Unfazed by this, the boys were eager to begin playing.
In similar circumstances to the girls, the boys’ first game was against a strong and experienced team. The Geckos’ developing team found it difficult to penetrate the tough defense of AISG. Although the final result showed that AISG defeated SIS comfortably, our team never showed signs of giving up. Hotene Tuia and Joshua Soon exemplified this “never-say-defeat” attitude with tough defense until the final whistle.
The next game against ZIS proved to be one of the highlights of the tournament. Led offensively by Jack Wilding and Calvin Chen, who combined to score 20 points, the Geckos completely dismantled ZIS. The dynamic duo received strong support from Nathan Brooker, who provided the team with excellent end-to-end basketball.
Buoyed by their definitive victory over ZIS, the Geckos began their final game against 5 Star with confidence. The increased confidence of Eli Trepper and Justin Soon was most evident. Both boys contributed solidly at both ends of the court. Unfortunately, the dramatic improvement was not enough for the team to secure victory, and they had to settle for the 5th v 6th playoff game.
The playoff game was an example of how much the boys had progressed. On offense, they spread out and moved the ball effectively. Defensively, they worked as a unit and continually denied the QSI offense.
Congratulations to the boys and girls teams for your commitment and enthusiasm throughout the season! We are grateful that you have helped to establish our participation in the PRC for our future Grade 6 students.
Despite losing the game, there were promising signs that the team would do well. In particular, the offensive play of Yoo Jin Chung and Sydney Sears were a highlight. Defensively, Michelle Lee, Amanda Wong & Julie Jeon were tenacious, which made it difficult for the opposition to score.
Throughout the remaining three games of the round robin stages, the team continued to improve. Ellysa Groh displayed her ability to put the ball in the basket while Maggie Belnap and Anna Duan helped to tighten the Geckos’ defense.
In the playoff game for third place, the team played a strong AISG team to whom they lost in the round robin game. As a result of the vast improvement the team had made, this game went down to the wire. The Geckos were up by one point with 10 seconds remaining in the game. However, AISG would not be denied and calmly sank the winning basket, placing SIS in fourth place.
The boys team faced an equally daunting schedule and needed to play five games to win the tournament. As there were seven teams contending for the title, the round robin play was conducted in two divisions.
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