A few errors in defence in the first quarter allowed the opponents to take a clear advantage over JCU, letting HSC to pass ball around with more continuity. Plus, the rush of our Gladiators in trying to tie the result did not give JCU the chance to precisely shoot the ball and score.
Overall, our Gladiators knew how to fight well on the field and reacted. In particular, in the third quarter, JCU was able to retrieve the efficiency in defence. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to win the game this time, but we saw that our Gladiators gave their best on the field and never gave up until the end.
Last-night game was very exciting and intense, and we all saw a very good basketball level. So congratulations, Gladiators!
Last night was also the last game with JCU jersey for most of our basketball players who will soon head back to the United States to continue their studies. We cannot thank you enough for all your passion, hard work, and enthusiasm both on and off the field.
Coach Francesco Serraino also congratulated and thanked the entire team, “This team was composed by many talented people with a great passion for the sport. They all proved to be a very cohesive team with a huge ability to adapt in many different situations. They are very creative, smart, and determined people, and they all played a very qualitative basketball, standing out in more than one occasion.”
We could never be more proud of each one of you, and we hope that this experience and friends you made will stay with you for the rest of your life. We enjoyed seeing you playing in every single match whether you won or lost, and we will definitely miss you next semester.
“The goal now is that of using the students who will play again with us next semester in order to create a new competitive team like the one we had this Fall, even though we are all going to miss those who leave both on and off the field,” Francesco pointed out.