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EF Academy Varsity Basketball Team Secures Victory, Turning the Tide on a Challenging Season

EF Academy player, Akito, making a layup. November 30th, 2023.

On Thursday, Nov. 30, the EF Academy Varsity Boys’ Basketball team competed in their third home game of the season gaining a win against the LILA High School. Until Thursday, EF Academy Pasadena has been defeated in all the games, losing by a large margin. But on Thursday EF Academy was ready for a change.

The pre-game scene. EF Academy facing LILA High School for the first time this season. November 30th, 2023. (Jimmy Tsai)

Over the past two weeks, the EF Academy Pasadena basketball team experienced a challenging period, struggling with defeats in all their games as they faced formidable opponents and found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard with a notable disadvantage. These losses were undoubtedly disheartening for the players and the entire school community. The team’s resilience, however, did not disappear, and the recent victory against LILA High School suggests a renewed determination to overcome obstacles and strive for excellence.

In the photo, Tom trying to take a hard shot from the three points line. Nov.30/2023 (Jimmy Tsai)

Head Coach Roy highlighted the team’s growth and at the same time luck, saying, “We had a bit of luck, but I remain happy with the result. They deserved it. We played good only for the first 16 minutes, demonstrating a high level of focus and hard work on the court. In fact, we were winning by 33-3. Then, we started to lose that consistency and the other team scored 20 more points but we still won 43-23. We’ve learned from our defeats, and tonight’s victory is a result of hard work and a willingness to improve. Our focus now is on maintaining this positive path.”

EF Academy player, Howard, tries to score the last 2 points of the game. November 30th, 2023. (Jimmy Tsai)

The team’s captain Aki expressed relief and determination after the game, stating, “This win is a testament to our work. We’ve faced tough losses, but tonight, we made it. It’s only the beginning. I see myself and my team ready to move forward.”

This win against LILA High School is more than just a score on the board; it means a revitalized spirit within the EF Academy Varsity Boys’ Basketball team. The players showed improved coordination, strategic gameplay, and constant determination on the court. The team worked hard to make the most of their skills and address weaknesses.

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Tristan Lo Conte, Staff Reporter
Tristan is a senior and a passionate staff reporter for The International Changemaker. Tristan, who traveled from Italy to attend EF Academy Pasadena, is excited to write about events that take place at EF Academy to better inform the whole community.
Jimmy Tsai, Sports Editor
Jimmy is a senior and a staff reporter for The International Changemaker. He enjoys studying at EF Academy and found an interest in reporting after taking the Journalism class taught by Mr. Thomas. Studying in the US has given him more chances to learn in real-life situations, like writing an article about the school’s basketball team. With his interest in Journalism rising rapidly, he continues his passion for critical thinking in Engineering and Programming. Jimmy is also one of the founding members of the school’s robotics team.

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