Reports from NSWIS' Four Nation Tournament

Reports from NSWIS' Four Nation Tournament

THE NSWIS Men's basketball team landed in China last week ahead of a tough four Nation's Tournament. With a grueling schedule ahead, the team was prepared to put their skills to the test.

January 12

The team played their first match against New Zealand less than 24 hours after arriving in Guandong Province against New Zealand, who fielded a full strength team. The NSWIS team lost the match 49-74, however there were plenty of bright sparks in the game included Daniel Trist's 11 points and Jordan Barry's 10 points.

The second match of the tour was against China. The Chinese obviously took no chances for the tournament, playing the same team that is expected to compete for China at the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships later this year.

China skipped to an 18-6 lead in the first quarter before the NSWIS came back to win the second quarter. NSWIS coach Damian Cotter made particular note of the Institute's defensive prowess against a full strength national team, being able to force turnovers and create pressure at the defensive end without being able to fully execute offensive plays. Despite an improved performance the NSWIS fell 53-74.

The Institute's third match was against arguably the strongest team in the competition, the USA, whose team included a number of college basketballers and fringe professional players. It was always going to be an uphill battle for the NSWIS, who were gallant in the 101-61 defeat against a much stronger opponent.

NSWIS highlights from the match included an 8-2 run in the second quarter and the play of Stuart McEwen and Matt Logan, however the team could not stop the creative flair and high scoring percentage from the Americans.

13 January 2011

The NSWIS men's basketball team suffered another loss on its tour of China overnight, however an improved performance has given the team hope of securing a maiden win on foreign soil. The NSWIS faced the USA in a repeat of their last match, however after losing by 40 points in their previous encounter the team was prepared to make a strong run at victory.

Solid shooting from the NSWIS team take an early 13-9 before the USA stormed back to take the quarter 25-23 after some excellent shooting from outside the perimeter. The second quarter was a similar story, the NSWIS were able to rally against the bigger Americans, leading a strong defensive charge. Their prowess on the defensive end was obviously frustrating the Americans who made a number of outbursts on court before heading to the half-time break leading 45-39.

Determined not to be outdone, the Americans came out strong in the third quarter and asserted their physical dominance over a much younger NSWIS team, eventually taking out the third and fourth quarter to record a 91-77 victory over the NSWIS team. The Institute's performance in the fourth match of their tour is an outstanding sign of their development so far during the tour.

After suffering three heavy defeats early in the tour, including a 40 point loss to the Americans in their first clash, last night's performance was an indication of the team's ability to match it with a stronger, more mature opponent.

January 14

The NSWIS men's basketball team continued their tour of China overnight, suffering a 51-71 loss to the hosts despite another improved performance.

The Institute's previous match against the USA was a display of their improved efforts in defence, losing by only 14 points to a team that had downed them by 40 in the first match. Last night's match against China showcased the Institute's offensive prowess in creating opportunities to score, however the team was unfortunate to not be able to take the chances they created.

China appeared to tire in the third quarter which led to the NSWIS team taking advantage of the shots they were unable to convert in the first half. With a renewed effort on offense and a tightening of defense, the NSWIS headed into the final quarter down by only 10 points, 40-50.

Realising the NSWIS team was riding the momentum from the third quarter, the Chinese team played with the vigour the home crowd knew they were capable of.

The sell out crowd, which included the Chinese military, rallied behind the hosts to help steer them to a 21-11 quarter, winning the game 71-51.