Boys basketball in Leysin

The Swiss Group of International Schools’ (SGIS) boys Basketball tournament played last weekend in Leysin in which fourteen of our students participated. The tournament welcomed fourteen teams this year, the most ever, and the championship is the oldest in the SGIS, dating back to the early 1970’s. Every year for the last several years, NJC students have represented the school well and have won their fair share of games. Last year, the team did quite well earning the bronze medal in Division ‘B’. The boys this year were determined to do even better – and that they did. In order to make the Division ‘A’ quarterfinals, the team had to win three of its four round robin games.

After winning their opening game, we lost to the team that went on to win the tournament, but we did manage victories in our next two games, meaning we had qualified for the Division ‘A’ playoffs – the first time ever. One more victory meant that we advanced to the semi-finals – we were amongst the top four teams in the tournament. Our semi-final game was a nail biter. Tied at the end of regulation, the International School of Zug and Lucerne (also coached by a Canadian) and NJC played two periods of overtime, and, unfortunately, our side finally succumbed and was relegated to the bronze medal game. We played a good final game but again, unfortunately lost another close match to finish fourth overall – an excellent showing for a team that had only come together a week or two earlier.  We are very proud of all of the players, as well as our managers and assistants who were involved in this stellar effort!

November 30th, 2012