Published on May 11th, 2016 | by katrina_mcclure0
SISAC D1 Teams Compete in Invitational Tournament in Nanjing
Nanjing Invitational Tournament update from the D1 Girls Basketball Coach Chen Zhanghao:
Last weekend our SISAC D1 Girls Basketball D1 went to Nanjing for an invitational tournament. For many of them, it was their first time traveling with a team and they were very excited. We arrived at our accommodation at around 2030 after a 4 hour bus ride. The students had some down time after we checked in and they mingled with teammates before lights out, as they had an early game the next day.
This tournament had a total of 3 games lined up for the girls. Their first game was against the host school, NIS, who is supposedly the strongest opponent in the group. Indeed it turned out to be a tough game for the girls as they found themselves constantly lagging behind. During the game, I took a back seat and limited my instructions. I wanted the girls to learn how to read the game and to adapt by adjusting themselves in a game time situation. With the Coach “out”, the Senior players took the lead and started to communicate more by telling each other how to run the proper plays and stepping up the defense. The girls were focused and put up a good fight till the end despite losing the game.
Although this was just a friendly tournament, it did not diminish the competitive nature of the players. The Girls were heard motivating each other, encouraging that they must win the next two games and talking about how they could improve and be perform better. I was treated to a big and pleasant surprise when I returned to the court after lunch break. The players were already practicing their set plays. All these without having instruction to do so! Their hard work and dedication paid off and the girls won their next two games against Lycee de Francai Shanghai and Dulwich College Suzhou.
The Nanjing Basketball invitation tournament was set out to provide the girls, who would otherwise have limited playing time, to gain more experiences with more game exposure. It became so much more than that which included valuable learning and a bonding experience for the team. As a coach, it was a heartening and fulfilling trip, as I had seen the girls mature and develop a better understanding for each other. I am excited to see how much better the girls can become in the rest of the SISAC Season.