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OSCA Asian Basketball Tournament 2011

24, 25 September 2011

By Yi Deng

The annual OSCA Asian Basketball Tournament was a huge success this year. We decided to do something a little different and invite teams from all around the South Island, not just local teams. Each team paid an entry fee that covered the cost of courts and prizes. There were four local teams (OSCA, Dunedin Aces, All Stars and DCPC), one team from Christchurch (Canterbury Black Squad) and one team from Queenstown (Queenstown).

The tournament ran over two days (Saturday 24th September and Sunday 25th September) at the Edgar Centre. Teams were divided into two pools and the top two teams of each pool entered the semi-finals. The round robin games were very intense. Numerous games were played down to the wire with margins less than 5 points. OSCA was placed in Pool A with Queenstown and DCPC. We defeated both the Queenstown team and the DCPC team to advance to the semi-finals.

The four teams which made semi-finals were OSCA, Canterbury, Dunedin Aces and Queenstown. OSCA came up against Queenstown in the first semi-final. This was another intense game with both teams taking the lead multiple times throughout the game. This game really came down to the clutch. OSCA was down by 8 points in the last 3 minutes but managed to cut the lead down to 4 in the last minute. However, we were unfortunate and lost by 1, with the final score being 47-48. We all played well and deserved the win, but luck was not on our side that day. Canterbury defeated Queenstown in the next semi-final game. This was entertaining to watch and both sides seemed to have fun out there.

The finals were exciting to watch as both sides were determined to win the prize. Both teams exchanged baskets and Canterbury lead by 2 at the end of the first quarter. However, they began to pull away after that and the score sat at 53-41 to Canterbury at half time. The final score was 116-75 to Canterbury.

Overall, it was a great weekend. All teams were very co-operative and there were very few problems throughout the tournament. The final placings are as follows:

1. Canterbury Black Squad
2. Dunedin Aces
3. OSCA
4. Queenstown
5. All Stars
6. DCPC.

It was great to see many new teams at our tournament and we aim to spread the word further next year. I would like to thank Aunty Frances for looking over the whole tournament and making sure the organisers had everything under control. I would also like to thank the OSCA committee for providing some extra funding for the tournament. Thank you to the rest of organising team which consisted of Boris Ma and Colin Chin who were really helpful. And finally, thank you to Brittany Wong, Sharrayah Temita, Kendall Chin and Jenny Hu for volunteering their time to help out on the score-bench for the weekend.

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