Today our team had two games of Basketball at the 2008 AIMS Basketball Tournament. In the first we played Bruce McClaren Intermediate from Waitakere, Auckland. Tamaki started off a little nervously again but were happy to lead 17-6 at half time. In the second half Tamaki pulled away somewhat eventually winning 38-18. Lasini scored another 20 points and was well supported by Meliame with 7 and Latrell with 8.
In the second game we played against Kura te Koutou from Rotorua, who had only lost once. The game couldnt have been any closer. Tamaki were down at half time 7-16. In the third quater we managed to outscore the other team 16 points to 8 - that put us one down going into the final quarter. In the match of the year (for us!) Tamaki managed to have a two point lead going into full time when the Kura had two free throws to force extra time! The first was a brillant throw the second a little to the right! That meant Tamaki Intermediate won 29-28!
This means Tamaki's record at the tournament is now 3-1 their only defeat coming at the hands of Murrays Bay Intermediate. Tomorrow its play off time. To make the semi-finals Tamaki must defeat tournament hosts Tauranga Intermediate School. A win tomorrow would put us into the tournament semi-finals - a defeat means we play off for a place between 5th and 8th! The game is at 11:00am tomorrow and the result will go online afterwards. Footage will be displayed folowing our return to Auckland on Friday.