THE gradual improvement in the performance of the visiting schools in the Tuckers Ice Cream Secondary Schools Basketball Championship has amazed the organisers.
Championship co-ordinator Valerie Nainima was pleased with the skill level of the Western-based schools that are taking part in the four-day tournament.
Newcomers Jasper Williams High School nearly caused a major upset against the under-19 girls defending champions Adi Cakobau School.
ACS managed to hold on for a slender 25-24 win at the Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday.
Nainima said Natabua High School also proved a force to reckon with in both the boys and girls divisions.
"The teams are getting more comfortable playing at the Vodafone Arena specifically the teams from the West.
"Their skill level is getting better and they are playing more aggressively."
In the boy's grade, Marist Brothers High School maintains its lead in the U15 and U17 grades while defending champions Latter Day Saints School is in command in the U19 grade but faces a tough competition from Marist and Jai Narayan College. Nainima said the competition was expected to get tougher as they reached the elimination stage from today.
"There were some close games and we expect more close games in the final rounds. The games are expected to get more aggressive and exciting."
Nainima said they were also running a Tobacco Free drive for student as part of Basketball Fiji's Hoops 4 Health program.
The championship will end tomorrow.
U15 Boys MBHS 5 YSS 20, U15 Boys Natabua 13 LDS 15, U19 Girls Natabua 19 LDS 18, U15 Boys JNC 19 Edupia 18, U15 Girls Jasper 25 SJSS (2) 8, U19 Boys Yat Sen 25 LBSS 34, U15 Boys QVS 39 GHS 9,
U15 Girls LDS 14 YSS 0, U19 Girls Jasper 24 ACS 25, U15 Girls DAV 6 GHS 13, U15 Natabua 14 JSS (1)11, U17 Boys Natabua 13 QVS 3, U17 Boys MBHS 19 GHS 12, U19 Boys SJC 16 Tilak 22, U17 Boys Tilak 12 Edupia 20, U17 Girls NHS 11 LDS 13, U17 Boys LDS 46 Xavier 15, U17 Girls DAV Girls 18 LBSS 16, U19 Girls SJSS 24 NDP 23, U15 Boys MBHS 35 GHS 5, U17 Girls SJSS 24 Jasper 8, U19 Boys Ba Pro 15 LDS 25, U15 Boys LDS 20 Edupia 7, U15 Girls GHS 26 Jasper 14, U19 Girls YSS 30 SGS 9, U15 Boys Natabua 13 SGS 12, U17 Girls JNC 3 Jasper 6