This past weekend, the ISP boys basketball team competed in their annual friendly tournament versus the American School of Vienna. The JV boys team played their first game against a team mostly made up of Vienna’s varsity squad and this presented the boys with a big challenge. However, the boys managed to play the tough game with both veteran and freshman players contributing to both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Unfortunately, the boys found themselves a mere one point behind Vienna as the clock went down to zero at the end of the game. While the boys were disgruntled with the outcome, they remained optimistic for the following day to show off their skills once more.
The next game consisted of the varsity boys from both schools, with both teams looking strong and determined to set the tone for that game and the next. While the ISP team was comprised of a different cast of players, the Vienna team had all but one player who played the previous game against the JV boys, meaning they’d saved their best player for that game. As the game began, the five starters from ISP began to move the ball with quickness and precision, with excellent shooting and ball control. Even when ISP had players from the bench enter the game, there was no difference in the determination and competitiveness of the boys play. One notable performance was that of junior Filip Sagl, who had quite the night with multiple three pointers, several fast break scores and effective contribution on defense with blocked shots to set the tone for a very exciting game. At halftime the score was 30-23 for the Falcons. While the boys were glad to be in the lead, they knew that once the second half began they needed to set the tone for the rest of the game. While they had been working effectively on offense, they felt their defense needed to be more dominant in the second half. That’s exactly what they did once the next quarter began. Almost immediately the boys went on lockdown defense against the Vienna team. This began to pressure the opposing team’s point guard, forcing mistakes and turnovers that lead to the boys scoring 10 points in less than 2 minutes at the start of the third quarter, causing the other team to have to use one of their timeouts in order to compose themselves. About halfway through the third quarter, ISP subbed in three of their bench players, leading Vienna to believe that they could finally get something going with their starters on the court. Nope! As Vienna began with the ball, ISP immediately read the pass of the point guard and stole the ball, leading to a foul and two free throws to give the boys all the momentum they needed to carry out the win. Their defense was solid, only giving up 16 points in the second half. Their offense was unmatched as the boys upset the Vienna team with a jaw-dropping score of 79-39. The boys felt the momentum swinging their way as they rested up for their game the following day.