Don Bosco Oratory, Kuwait inaugurated their 12th Inter School Basketball Championship for boys and girls (under 12 yrs / 14 yrs / 16 yrs) on 9 January, 2015. Seven school participated in the under 12 boys category –(1) Indian Community School Kuwait, (2) United Indian School, (3) Indian English Academy School, (4) Indian Educational School, (5) Carmel’s School Kuwait, (6) Fahaheel Al Wataniya School and (7) Integrated Indian School – Mangaf.
The schools who participated in this championship regularly attend such events. The tournament was officiated by the Philippino Basketball referee Association. Basketball is a fast sport played and enjoyed by the young and old. It is a great sport for exercise and a way to have fun and make new friends.
Day one results for Boys under 12 years
Match 1 - United Indian School (UIS), started their title chase, winning by 21 points beating Indian Community School Kuwait 25/4. UIS used the drive in to their advantage on the counter attack. The young upcoming lads of ICSK had they been a little more focused on the rebounds and defensive, would have made them a better team.
Match 2 – Indian Educational School (Bhavans) v/s Indian English Academy School (IEAS), was a well fought match between both the schools. Bhavans did a good job on the board, efficiently collecting rebounds and defended well. It was some fine shooting by IEAS that managed to earn them the victory over Bhavans . Final score 18/12
Match 3 – Carmel’s School Kuwait (CSK) v/s Fahaheel Al Wataniya School (DPS) was won by CSK 20/8. DPS is rebuilding is young side as years pass by players move to the higher age group. CSK and UIS has always produced good basketball players. This is now seen with other school with more focus on sports where a lot of young talent is being discovered.
Match 4 - Indian Educational School (Bhavans) v/s United Indian School (UIS) There is no stopping for UIS who continues to improve their game as the tournament progresses, ball control and accuracy in their shots won the match 35 / 08.
Match 5 – Indian English Academy School (IEAS) v/s Indian Community School Kuwait (ICSK). IEAS with some excellent touch and moved around the court well posted a top score of 19 / 05. IEAS slipped into gear in the second half of the match.
Match 6 - Integrated Indian School – Mangaf (IIS-M) v/s Carmel’s School Kuwait (CSK), both teams fought well with good defensive and attacking moves. IIS-M was good on the rebounds which made a difference for them. Ultimately, they won the match score by 19 / 10.
Match 7 – The match played by the two giants in this group had the United Indian School (UIS) taking on Indian English Academy School (IEAS) in a very strong team performance on both sides. Both teams played at a fast pace, allowing no time to catch a breather. It was a nail biting finish with IEAS scoring 20 points and UIS 18 points
Match 8 - Integrated Indian School – Mangaf (IIS-M) v/s Fahaheel Al Wataniya School (DPS). It was a one sided match with IIS-M beating DPS 36 / 7. And the team qualified to meet UIS in the semi finals while IEAS will face CSK.
It was an afternoon filled with lot of excitement where parents and students all gathered to cheer their schools. It was worth mentioning that the discipline maintained by the schools this year stood out and the coaches/Physical Education teachers must be credited for their role and support.