Lincoln Triumph in NISSA Boys’ Basketball “Final Four”
This weekend the Lincoln Varsity Boys’ Basketball team participated in the annual NISSA tournament. The tournament consisted of six teams from here in Kathmandu, divided into two pools. Pool A consisted of KISC, ULLENS and Lincoln School, while Pool B contained TBS, RBS and GEMS. The first few weeks consisted of pool play, where Lincoln won two of its four games, just clinching a spot in the semi-finals. At this time, we were a new team with only four returning players out of twelve. We were still learning new skills and tactics, as well as trying to form the brotherhood needed to truly be a team. In the tournament semis, we first played a close game against RBS, just beating them 33-31. We could have performed better in this game, but our defense prevailed and won us the game. We moved on to the final feeling great. KISC was on a streak of winning NISSA. They had also beat us in both of the games in the beginning of the season in pool play. However, since then we have improved a lot. As a team, we have focused on improving skills and how we work together. We came into the game focused and ready to win on our home court. Our defense was rock solid and we shut down their assets. We ran away with the game in the second half, winning 38 – 31. This is a huge boost of confidence for us coming into the SAISA tournament and was a great learning experience.