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!