by Leonardo Carrer and Alvise Perini 4A
The “Reyer School Cup” is a school basketball tournament organized by one of the most important sports club in Venice; this year 32 different schools took part in it.
Every team that played in the Final Four round, to reach the title, first had won his qualifying round (formed of four different schools) and then the play-off game, against one of the other winners.
The Final Four of the 2014-15 “Reyer School Cup” was held on April 11. All the games were played at Palasport Taliercio, in Mestre. Being there is always exciting, but that time was different: we were playing to be the champions!
Our team, IIS Bruno-Franchetti, IIS Tommaseo- Benedetti was beaten 56-54 in the first semi-final, while 8 Marzo outdid Istituto Cornaro 66-51.
We won our semi-final with a buzzer-beater shot at the last second, so everybody ran to the midfield to celebrate the win with the whole team.
And then, there was the Final.
All the players were very nervous because we were rapresenting all our school-mates but we weren’t alone: lots of our friends came from school to support us clapping their hands and singing stadium chants from the beginning to the end of the two matches. Seeing so many people on our side was amazing!
At the beginning of the match we played better than the 8 Marzo students, in fact after two quarters we were winning 27-16. Maybe we became confident about the win, so we slowed down, while our rivals became more aggressive and scored more than us: at the end of the third period the result was Bruno-Franchetti – 8 Marzo 30-28!
It was a nail-biting final quarter: both teams did their best to reach the win. We had just one minute left and the result was a tie: our chance to win were the two free throws of Michele Antelli. Fortunately he’s an ice-man, his hand didn’t shake and he scored both free throws.
After their last desperate attempt to change the result the sound of the siren began the pitch invasion of our mates to start.
They ran towards us and we jumped and screamed “BRUNO, BRUNO, BRUNO” together! Our Principal was the first to congratulate us.
We weren’t supposed to win the tournament, so the win has been even more rewarding because in the semi-final we had beaten the title-holders.
At the end we could sing: WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!