Article by Margarita Te 

On November 5th, the second Friday Night Lights of the year was held for the Bearcat rugby and basketball teams, who battled it out on the fields and courts against students from other schools in Manila. All the JV and varsity basketball teams earned their victory over Brent; likewise, JV and varsity touch and rugby won each of their matches versus Faith Academy. Middle school boys rugby were also able to participate in the event and compete against BSM, with the under-13 team scoring a win and the under-15 team suffering an unfortunate loss. Overall, however, FNL was a success for the participating second season players.

For the players, Friday Night Lights was not only an opportunity to exhibit their skills and talents as their peers cheered them on, but an occasion which also gave them the chance to evaluate their current strengths and weaknesses, as well as their team’s potential. Senior Jason F. commented on the boys varsity basketball team’s 60-58 victory against Brent.

“Individually, I performed okay, but as a team we played our best game of the season so far,” said Jason.

In a similar fashion, senior Max H., captain of the boys JV green rugby team, said that despite only playing “a small chunk of the game due to an injury, the team performed excellently,” a fact reflected in their impressive win with a score of 65-0 against Faith. As for the girls, Ayaka S., a senior on the girls varsity touch rugby team, was very happy about how she performed during FNL.

As a team, though, she says, “We found some things to work on, but it was still a great opportunity for us to try new plays that we were taught during training!” The touch girls won their games against both Faith and Brent, with scores of 6-2 and 7-1, respectively.

As for what the Bearcats expect in the future, all the teams are aiming for a successful season ahead. Jason hopes that the basketball boys “can continue to get better and win more games,” while Max and other captains “are confident [they] have what it takes to win the league due to [them] beating most of the teams [they’ve] played so far.”

Meanwhile, as the varsity touch girls are defending champions of IASAS, Ayaka is already anticipating the international tournament happening in early February 2017.

“There will be bit of pressure for us to perform well. However, I think our team is looking pretty good with lots of new players and some experienced ones. We’ll have to maintain our level over the Christmas break, but I’m sure everyone—myself included—will work hard individually in order to fully contribute to the team.”

Looking forward, the ISM community can definitely expect to see more triumphs and achievements from the promising second season athletes and teams!

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