Popp leads St Andrews basketball team to victory over GIS

Friday, 17 February 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 7

Garden International School recently hosted a friendly basketball match against St Andrews and the game tipped off with both teams showing lots of energy at first but little end product.

Gradually, however, the teams got into the flow of the game with baskets being scored on both ends and one player in particular seemed to be ‘on fire’, as James Popp hit 3 three-pointers in the 12-minute opening period, giving St Andrews a 17-8 lead over Garden at the break.  David and Gao out-rebounded Garden’s big men, Tee and Mickey pressured the ball well and James Popp caused more trouble on Garden’s defense.  The Senior Boys kept up the lead, making the score 29-14 by half time.

St. Andrews add to their points tally from the free-throw line. St. Andrews add to their points tally from the free-throw line.

The third quarter was no different – Sangjin, Earth, Isada and Bright subbed in and played strong.  They swarmed Garden on the defensive end and pushed the ball on offense.  By the end of the third quarter, St Andrews had an 18-point lead over Garden.

Come the fourth quarter, Garden stepped up their game.  They scored the first two baskets, making the score 36-22.  St Andrews responded by scoring two of their own with a jump shot from Isada and Tee.  James Popp then tipped the ball in after a missed shot by Mickey and Garden scored a free-throw, making the score 42-23 with 4 minutes left on the clock.  The St Andrews Senior Boys kept playing hard until the final whistle, securing the win with a final score of 46-24.

The game was played in a friendly but competitive manner.The game was played in a friendly but competitive manner.

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