The girls won their first three games and made it to finals, to play a tight match against the American School of Tangier. We played our absolute hardest and gave our best, with the score being 17-14 - we lost by one basket. There was blood, bruising and tears, but we supported each other through it and held our heads up high to receive our 2nd place trophy. I am particularly proud of our strong fight and happy to announce that our coach did end up shaving his legendary beard as a bet to a few of our wins.
As for the boys, they did win their first two games, however lost their third match against the Casablanca team. Fortunately, they won their semi-finals match against the Rabat American School and made it to the finals. They played against the Casablanca team again, and they went harder than ever. With a score of 32-24, they came in first place and brought home the beautiful trophy.
All members of both teams played well, but there were a couple of all star players voted “most valuable players” by the coaches. Emma Moody, Annkathrin Dix, Khadija Derouiche and Zeraly Saromines all played the last match with real emotion, they poured their soul into every lay-up, pass and dribble possible. As for the boys, Youssef Bensaad, Etienne Thomas, Adam Grossenbacher, and Youssef Shehadeh were also all-star players. These players hustled up and down the court, trying their best to perfect each shot and pass. You could see the passion they had for the game reflected in the light of their eyes.
Of course, this entire season could not have happened without the wonderful coaches. Thank you Mr. Ferreira, Mrs. Sonya, and Mr. Otsing for dedicating so much time, hard work, and effort into all the planned practices. You have not only taught us how to play basketball, but you have both taught us what it means to be the best version of ourselves both on and off the court, and we can not thank you enough for that.
By: Sophie Cherif, Grade 11 student