CIS took on the hosts British School in Colombo and Gateway College – Colombo took on Lyceum International School – Panadura in the Girls` category. Here`s a look at what happened.
Colombo International School v British School in Colombo
BSC had the chance to score first by gaining first possession off the jump ball yet failed to score and CIS drew first blood. It was a good start for CIS as they fought aggressively to steal the ball and followed it up with well-placed jump shots. BSC switched to a man-to-man defense to try and stop the CIS players’ jump shots.
The BSC players relied on Tiasha to do most of the scoring for them, trying to set her up for open shots a move which wasn’t very successful as the CIS defense was fast to react. BSC was close but was never able to take the lead themselves as they lost the ball in the moments leading up to layups. It seemed as the home court advantage wasn’t making a significant difference in the match against the opposition.
Half-time: British School Colombo- 20 Colombo International School – 31
As the next half opened up both teams had switched up their defensive strategies to full court presses. It was very effective for CIS as they stole the ball early on, leading to more unguarded shots. This full court defense took its toll on both teams however as the players began to slow down due to fatigue.
By the end of the final 10 minutes, CIS won the game by 15 points with their defense making the difference.
Full-time: British School in Colombo- 45 Colombo International School – 60
The CIS coach speaking to ThePapare.com “It was a tough game and our players aren’t used to playing in an indoor court and they are still adapting game by game but we hope to continue to perform like this in the matches to come.”