THIS month, Traill’s U19 boys basketball team travelled to Taiwan to take part in a tournament organised by one of Taiwan’s best universities.
The competitors in the tournament were the top nationally ranked school teams from Taiwan and China including Neng Ren whose team was comprised mostly of Taiwanese national players. As the only team from Thailand taking part, it was up to our school to represent Thai basketball.
Given the caliber of the teams involved we knew that this would not be an easy tournament for us. Our players would have to use all the training learned in our elite basketball programme, if we were to stand a chance at being successful.
In the second game against Nan Hu the 3rd nationally ranked team, nerves got the better of our players and we fell behind. Just for a moment it looked like we might not recover. But as everyone in sport will attest, these are the moments which define a team: does the game slip away or does the self confidence that coaches instill in their players boost their game? For our players, the latter was true and we not only drew level but won the game.
In our last two games the team started to relax and played some incredible basketball. The crowd certainly enjoyed the numerous Alley Oop dunk shots by our players, as many of them had not seen a dunk live before. Most of the other teams stayed long after their scheduled matches to watch us play.
At the end of four highly competitive days, Traill U19 boys remained undefeated and were crowned tournament champions. The tournament was exhausting but the excellent training our players receive gives them the skills they need to meet challenges such as these. We are so proud of our players and the coaching staff whose hard work both on and off the court is the reason we continue to triumph at tournaments.