Our basketball team participated in a thrilling final round of the Edinburgh Primary Schools’ Basketball Competition this morning at Meadowbank.
Having qualified for the finals back in January, we knew that today’s event would be a really tough competition – with only one team qualifying from each court- and so it proved!
Our squad of seven boys and five girls arrived in plenty of time to warm up before the action got underway. Our first match was against Flora Stevenson PS.
After surviving a few early scares, we finished the first half 4-0 ahead. However, our luck ran out in the second half as we gave away a few quick baskets and the game ended with Flora Stevenson’s deserved 11-4 winners.
Despite this setback, we regrouped well for the next game against Liberton PS. This time, we were 6-0 down at half time, but launched a stirring second half fightback featuring some brilliant team basketball – sadly it wasn’t quite enough as Liberton held on to win 10-7.
Following these two defeats, our players went in to the last game against Broughton PS knowing that we were eliminated from the competition. It would have been easy to give up at this point – particularly when we finished the first half 4-0 down. However, yet another fightback saw Preston Street run out 7-4 winners, to finish the day with a positive result and secure third place in our group.
There was even time for a brief visit from former GB Olympic basketballer Kieron Achara, who was kind enough to pose for photographs and referee a couple of matches (including our game v Broughton).
Once the group games were finished, we (along with the other eliminated teams) stayed to watch the final – a thrilling match which finished Towerbank 19 Liberton 14.
Following the final, certificates were issued to all teams, before the medal and trophy presentation. It was great to see all eight teams staying to applaud each other – a mark of respect following a competition which was close and keenly contested throughout.
It’s fair to say that some of our players were disappointed at the end of today’s tournament. However, when they take time to reflect, they should be very proud of their achievement, as a relatively small school, in reaching the finals and performing so well on the day. In particular, our second half performance v Liberton was probably the best basketball we have ever played as a team.
Well done to our squad: Nii, Joseph, Kai, Yahya, Ryane, Ula and Rosie (P7); Aryan, Karim, Rona and Lorien (P6); and Lina (P5). You will be issued with your well deserved certificates at assembly on Friday. (And special well done to Ali, who helped get us to the final but moved to Pakistan before it took place!)
Well done also to the organisers and referees for ensuring things ran smoothly, and to all three of our opponents for providing close and challenging fixtures; and of course congratulations to Towerbank who were worthy winners of the trophy.
Thanks also to Sam Stott of Blaze, who came down to Meadowbank with us and provided coaching and encouragement throughout.
We hope that our current crop of P5 and P6 players will be back representing Preston Street at next year’s tournament!