Some tough competition awaited the TASIS boys in this home tournament.
Game (1): A more-ready SLS took advantage of some early and easy missed scoring opportunities by the TASIS squad—points that were not converted and late in the game came back to haunt them in a close one they would go on to lose by only 5 points. With some better focus at opportune times, the game could have easily swung the way of the home team.
Game (2): TASIS took full advantage of this game against an inferior opponent. Impressive shooting a relentless attack triggered by many of the team's younger players allowed TASIS to play its way into the semifinals against a good ISM team.
Game (3): Semifinals. The TASIS men were ready for this one. The pre-game focus was a sign that they didn't want the opportunity to play in the finals of their home tournament slip away. They didn't disappoint! Led by strong team play at both ends of the floor, the team did not let up on its effort and conviction. The three seniors took matters in their own hands, relentlessly carrying the play to their opponents. The strong performances by Can Basaran '18, Nick Barbieri '18, and Tyler Miller '18 propelled the team into the finals.
Game (4): Finals. The boys were out for some revenge and to prove that they could beat a strong SLS team that had beaten them earlier in the day. TASIS really wanted this one, especially for the three seniors who were playing in the final home tournament of their basketball careers at TASIS. This was an exciting and very good game, one that was full of everything you expect from two good teams who play at the top of their game. With the lead jumping back and forth, each team had a chance to win it at the end. The last opportunity came from TASIS, which failed to execute on a long breakaway pass up the court that would have led to an easy basket to seal the game. With a precious 5 seconds left, the long pass was headed for the hands of Basaran but was tipped away by an opponent at the last moment. This missed chance brought about OT #1. The 2-minute extra period settled nothing, with once again TASIS having the last opportunity to win it off of a Barbieri corner shot. The shot came agonizingly close to hitting the mark! No luck. OT #2 and an additional 2-minute period ensued. With players on each team struggling with fatigue, the play was choppy and not as efficient as it had been. In the end, SLS was more opportunistic and scored the points when it counted, and TASIS was just not able to hit the biggest shots.
This was an overall impressive effort by the TASIS Varsity team, perhaps its best tournament to date—not only in terms of the results but also the progress demonstrated by the team in both its on-court performance and in the winning attitude and confidence the players demonstrated throughout the tournament. Congratulations on a well-deserved second-place finish!
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