From the 5th – 9th of April Roosevelt attended the yearly SAAC Basketball Tournament held in Curitiba, Brazil. This event involved the six schools throughout South America including representatives from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Brazil and Peru. The tournament involves six games over three days of play.
Both our boys and girls teams played hard throughout the tournament. The Roosevelt Girls finished in 6th place while the Roosevelt Boys were the Champions.
Both teams would like to thank their coaches for the experience, these included: Mr. Michael Garbutt, Mr. Jordan Bowman, Ms. Sheilah Alison and Mr. John Wellner. Without the dedication from the coaches the teams would not have been able to travel.
Below is a note from the Boys Captain – Andres Tirado – about his experience. Andres was one of two Roosevelt Boys who are seniors and have been selected for the team for four years. Congratulations to Andres Tirado and Nicolas Bragganini on this wonderful achievement.
From Boys Captain – Andrés Tirado
This year SAAC Basketball was hosted in Curitiba, Brasil. This year the boys team accomplished something that they have been seeking for the past 3 years, and that is the championship. After having difficulties beating UAS on the first game, going into overtime and beating them by 4 points, the team turned on their engines and rolled through their competition. After the first game, the won every game by more than 20 points. Their record 6 wins and 0 losses proved their dominance throughout the tournament. Their most impressive game was their final game against Nido in the finals. The team was only beating Nido by 2 points at the start of the second quarter and at the end of the gam they won by 32 (68-36). This being some seniors last SAAC they all got an emotionally good by with 2:00 left on the fourth quarter. Overall, this has been one of the most dominate performances by a basketball team in SAAC and it couldn't have been accomplished without the whole team getting together and playing as one team instead of individuals.