March 9th-10th

After both AIS-Salzburg teams failed to make the DVAC year-end tournament, they came into their home tournament without having played basketball in just over two weeks. To top it off, both teams had the daunting task of facing ICSB in their first match, a school known for their strong basketball program.

On the boys side, they were relieved to see that ICSB brought their JV team and left their varsity at home. Although no slouch themselves, it was a much better matchup for our young and inexperienced bunch. Unfortunately the Lions fell 35-22, but walked away with good energy knowing they played well and left it all on the court.

Meanwhile the Lady Lions were up against the ICSB varsity team and were looking to revenge a 28-14 loss at the DVAC festival earlier this year. The visiting Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 6-0 start before the Lions woke up, staging a mini comeback and tying it 6-6. With the game 12-11 for ICSB at the half, the Cats were optimistic of a victory. Unfortunately the second half did not go as well as ICSB took advantage of their deep bench and a tired Salzburg team en route to a 25-17 victory.

Saturday the boys squared off with QSI and were feeding off that energy left over from the night before. The game saw both teams exchange baskets, with neither team leading by more than a few points at any time. IN the final minute the Lions were down 19-18 and were looking for their first victory of the season when their nerves got the best of them as a couple of late misses combined with a turnover led to a 18-22 loss, solidifying their spot in the 5th game match.

In a must win game, the AISS girls were also facing QSI in their morning match and with growing confidence were able to get an early lead and sustain it throughout in this 18-7 win.

The fifth place match for the boys was a disappointing end to what was a good showing from them thus far. The boys seemed to be lacking that step they had earlier and apparently “emptied the tank” in their previous match as they watched the Vienna International School cruise to a 42-6 win. The girls meanwhile cruised to a 35-12 victory over a very inexperienced and young St. Gilgen team.

In the championship match and rematch against ICSB, the Lady Lions were poised to finally upset the Bulldogs and were full of confidence going in that they would do exactly that. In what turned out to be a very physical match, the two teams continued where they left off, exchanging baskets early on with the Lions seemingly always playing catch up but never trailing by more than a few points. In the start of the second half, ICSB spread their lead to 19-11, however the Lions bounced right back highlighted by a 3 pointer, narrowing the score to 19-16. With all the momentum in their favor, a twist of fate left the Lions in shock and even a few tears were shed in the process. Team Captain, point guard and leading scorer Teddy T. took an elbow to the nose which knocked her to the floor in a heap. With blood pouring out of her nose in what turned out to be a small fracture in the brim of her nose, she was sidelined for the rest of the game. The Lions decided to take the positive approach and use this as motivation to win it for their captain. After the long pause in the game, they came out in full force and determined to win the game. Despite the right approach to such a situation, the absence of their primary ball carrier proved to be too much as the Lions struggled to deal with the pressure of the ever-intense ICSB defence. The Bulldogs seemed to score two baskets for every one of the Lions in the final two-thirds of the second half. ICSB ended up winning a no-doubter at 32-21, thus claiming yet another Jamboree championship at the expense of the Lions.

Congrats to Teddy T. for her All-Tournament Team award!


February 23rd

Boys and Girls vs Augsburg IS @ RIF

The team from Augsburg traveled 2.5 hours for the second time this school year, but this time to play basketball against the host AIS-Sazburg Lions. The trip turned out to be worth their while as they walked away with a clean sweep. The girls game turned out to be a thriller as it came down to the final minute with the Lions losing by one point and pressing for the win. The Lions had numerous opportunities to put the visitors away but failed to convert while also giving up two late baskets losing a heartbreaker 25-20.

February 9th, 2018

Boys vs.BBC Vöcklabruck Bombers @ RIF

In a much anticipated match between two teams that battled to overtime just two and a half weeks earlier, the AIS-Salzburg Lions and Vöcklabruck Bombers once again proved to be dead even in another match that was not decided until the final minutes. The visting Bombers pulled out a win, but when the two teams decided to play a 5th quarter and keep the score, it was the Lions who ended up with the most points in the end. Needless to say, both teams walked away thinking they won the game in another spirited battle.

February 6th, 2018

The boys and girls basketball teams traveled to just outside of Munich to take on the Bavarian International School junior varsity teams on Tuesday. Going into this matchup both of our teams where heavily burdened with absences due to injuries, illness and a couple of academic restrictions leaving the boys with only 7 players and the girls with 5 and one on the bench still recovering from a bad cold.

On the boys side the BIS squad had a deep bench and simply out ran and out played our boys in a lob-sided game which saw the Lions on the wrong end of a 50-8 score.

On the girls side it was much closer with the Lady Lions down 12-13 at the half. In the second half the girls were down to five players with the 6th unable to play due to illness. The teams continued to exchange baskets but the Lady Lions visibly ran out of gas as in the fourth and final quarter as the host BIS team pulled ahead with a 28-23 victory. Marina B. fouled out with two minutes remaining but the host team was gracious enough to allow her to continue playing. The highlight of the match came when Teddy T. sank a jumper from just inside the 3-point line. Unfortunately her best shot of the year was on her own basket! Nice shot Teddy!

February 3rd, 2018

The boys basketball team were in Vienna on February 3rd to compete in the DVAC mid-season festival. With numerous boys missing due to illness and injury, the Lions only had a bench of two. Despite their disadvantage, the boys almost pulled off a victory in a close, low scoring 13-14 loss. Although they were unable to come away with a win, the experience the 7 boys who were able to make the trip was invaluable moving forward in the season.

January 30th, 2018

The Lady Lions once again traveled across town but this time to face a local women’s team which featured former AIS-Salzburg basketball Alum, Daria Suraeva and current Resident Assistant Bridget Geiger.

The Lions were for the first time this year at a size disadvantage, however experience-wise the teams were pretty evenly matched. The Cats struggled on the very small court surface that could be comfortably used for a 3-on-3 tournament as the host team jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead.

The Lions finally figured it out and managed to battle back by the end of the quarter to cut the lead to 12-10. The Lions managed to stay within striking distance for most of the first half but were down 22-14 at the break.

In the second half the women’s team continued to add to their lead as they seemed to score two baskets to the Lions one as the Lions fell 52-26.

Missing were three key players for the Lions, Arina D., Vanessa C. and defensive specialist Maddie T.

January 25th, 2018

The Lady Lions traveled across town to face the local Salzburg basketball club’s U14 team. Eight years ago, this team was a national champion and beat the Lady Lions by over 100 points in a friendly match against a very inexperienced AISS team at the time. This was the first re-match since that devastating lost which saw the U14 team take no mercy by pressing the Lions the entire game.

This time around, they were not national championships but still possessed some good skill and good competitive spirit. The Lions, however, are a much better team than they were eight years ago and had their way with the smaller team in a 66-28 romp.

Despite the lob-sided score, the game was a good opportunity for the Lions to work on some things they have been practicing, facing the right amount of pressure to comfortably test their abilities.

The two teams have a rematch on February 27.

January 23rd, 2018

The Boys basketball team traveled to Upper Austria to face the BBC Vöcklabruck Bombers, an Austrian club team with Mr. Burns’ son on it. In what turned out to be a thriller of a match with both teams evenly match in size and aged range.

Early on it was all Bombers but after the Lions settled down they were able to push back. The Bombers would again push forward and every time it looked like they were going to run away with it, the Lions would push back.

As the fourth quarter was dying down, the Lions once again found themselves clawing their way back and they managed to tie the game with only seconds on the clock, forcing an overtime. In overtime, it was again a back-and-forth battle as both teams exchanged baskets. At the buzzer the score was still tied after yet another Lions basket in the final moments.

I double overtime, fatigue set in as the short-benched (2 subs) Lions ran out of gas the the Bombers pulled off the victory, handing the AISS squad a 62-66 loss.

January 19-20th, 2018

The Lady Lions were at the Danube Valley Athletics Conference varsity girls basketball tournament in Budapest over the weekend which included a Friday night game against the host school, the International Christian School Budapest (ICSB).

Despite being such an inexperienced team, the Lions competed in each game which is not an easy feat at the varsity level. Unfortunately they ended up losing all three games, however they almost upset the only undefeated team, the British International School of Budapest, and were leading at half time 12-11.

The Lady Lions proved to themselves this weekend that they can run with the best teams in DVAC and by season end, are a serious contender to win the championship.

December 12, 2017

The boys and girls basketball teams were in St. Gilgen just before the Christmas break and have a packed schedule coming up in the early new year.

With 8 returning players, Lady Lions exploded for 34 points while holding St. Gilgen to 8 in a lob-sided win against the young Saints team. It was a good team effort and confidence builder moving forward. The girls will likely compete at the varsity level this year, relying more on talent and hard work than experience with the majority of girls only having played a year of basketball.

For the boys this scrimmage match was crucial for their development as the Lions returned only three players from last year’s senior team. As the game was a scrimmage, their were no official records kept (score, fouls, etc). However, the Lions showed great promise in their first competition. Coach Suttmann is confident that the boys will undoubtedly build on what they learned and prove successful moving forward. Most impressive, was how the Lions stayed together and played like a team. As their skills develop, this fundamental principle that they showed will prove invaluable. The team is already looking forward to their first official game in the new year!” See the slideshow of the early season action below.