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Two men’s Bears basketball teams made their way to North London Collegiate School (NLCS) and Korea International School (KIS) for the Battle of Jeju this past weekend. In two days of fierce competition, the Bears accumulated a 10-2 overall record bringing home first and third place finishes in the junior varsity and varsity divisions, respectively. The cold winter chill that blanketed Jeju was thawed by the Bears blistering heat as they came out “on fire”. Here are the details:

The varsity team (photo 1) was 3-1 after day one pool play, receiving a number 2 seed in Saturday’s championship round. Yet, the mighty Bears fell to the home team (KIS) in a most anticipated rematch which saw the Bears defeat KIS the last six times they have played. The Bears bounced back in the next game beating NLCS by 20 in an overall team effort. The Senior, Sergei Son (photo 2), brought home All-tournament team recognition for the varsity tournament.

The junior varsity team (photo 3) waltzed through pool play 5-0, leaving a rematch with Centennial Christian School (CCS) from the previous day. However, results remained the same as the Bears swept the competition and brought home the hardware. Ka Eul Park’s drive to the basket (photo 4) in the 3rd quarter sealed the Bear’s victory as they pull away with intense defense and solid ball movement in the fourth quarter. Chris Sim (photo 5) walked away with All-tournament team recognition for the junior varsity tournament. Another successful tournament for the Bears!

This past weekend the HS Girls Basketball team travelled to Jeju to compete in the KISAC Red Varsity tournament. The girls took awhile to start playing their game, as they had to fight through the very aggressive Jeju schools. The last game on Friday was won in a thrilling double overtime. Justine Castro pressed hard and was able to steal the ball in the last seconds of the game. She then passed the ball to Rakiah Swenson who made the shot right at the buzzer sending us into overtime. After a 2 min overtime, no baskets were scored, sending us into a “next basket wins” over time. Taking a foul for our team, Alisa Zakirova went to the foul line and made her free throw, giving BIFS the win! With this win, the BIFS girls placed 2nd after pool play and headed into the final day in good shape. Our semi-final game against NLCS on Saturday, proved too tough for us as NLCS barely missed any shots. After a hard fought 2 days, the BIFS Varsity girls finished fourth, but were able to take away an understanding of what is needed as a team, to be successful in our next tournament. Congratulations to our All-Tournament team winner, Eve Seeberg for her never give up attitude and consistency on the court! With another tournament this weekend, we are looking forward for another chance to show our potential!