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The Basketball Tournament!

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in schools all over the world, and GZAAT is no exception. Our basketball team recently had the opportunity to compete in three intense games against other schools in Tbilisi. These games were held at QSI, and the teams that GZAAT played against were QSI, BIST, and QSI Yerevan.

On the afternoon of February 23rd, the QSI and GZAAT basketball teams faced off in a highly anticipated match. The game was at 4:15 pm, and despite the windy weather, both teams were determined to give it their all.

From the start of the game, it was clear that the QSI team had come to play. They moved the ball effortlessly across the court and scored several baskets within the first few minutes. There were lots of chants and ovations, and a lot of support was shown by the players’ friends and schoolmates. But as the final minutes ticked down, it was clear that QSI was going to win. Our team fought hard until the very end, but unfortunately, they couldn't win. In the end, QSI won by 11 points, with a final score of 47:36.

On February 24th, the second game was held, and from the very beginning, it was clear that both teams were eager to win. Our team came out strong, with their defense holding firm against BIST's (the British International School of Tbilisi) offensive efforts. Our players moved quickly and efficiently, cutting off BIST's passes and preventing them from scoring. At the same time, GZAAT's offense was on fire, with the players making amazing shots. They remained focused and determined, continuing to play with incredible skill. In the end, GZAAT won by 9 points with a final score of 34:43. It was a hard-fought victory, but one that the GZAAT team had truly earned. Natalia Abashidze, GZAAT’s 9th-grade student, says: "The game was extremely fun and entertaining to watch, but at the same time, it was very tense to watch, and we were on edge during the whole game."

Overall, the GZAAT-BIST basketball game was a thrilling match that showcased the best of both teams.

The last game was held on February 25th at 9:00 AM against QSI Yerevan’s team. Since it was early in the morning, the GZAAT players were understandably sleepy and tired. However, they managed to pull through and win the game with a final score of 44–30. Nikolos Natenadze, one of the GZAAT players, states that "the team was determined to win from the beginning, and although they did not achieve this in every game, they still managed to place third overall, which was a great achievement."

Overall, the GZAAT basketball team put in great effort in all three games. Although they faced some tough opponents, they showed great skill and determination throughout the tournament. Congratulations to the team on their third-place finish, and we wish them the best of luck in their future games and competitions.

Edited by: Ana Kharabadze

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