Gulf Basketball Success in Valencia

Schools from across the Middle East took part in the World School Basketball Championships in Valencia from 17th – 19th November, with impressive performances and results from a range of participating schools.

With 26 teams from 11 countries taking part over three days in U16 Boys, U16 Girls and U19 Boys categories, the competition’s first outing in Valencia was a huge success with more nations represented than ever before – and the region’s squads representing the UAE Jordan and Egypt did themselves proud.

In the U16 Girls competition, Dubai International Academy clinched the gold medal following an excellent final against British International School Cairo. The DIA Wolves secured the top prize with a 27-22 victory over BISC – who themselves had a fantastic tournament with a perfect winning record in the pool stage.

DIA would make it a double victory in the U16 Boys final as they defeated the International School of Geneva 22-17 in an end-to-end contest in front of the cheering crowd.

It was an all Gulf clash in the U19 Boys gold medal match as ICS Amman faced Dubai College, with both sides impressing across the weekend’s pool matches. In the most dramatic fashion, ICS Amman claimed the title with a 21-19 win over their Dubai counterparts prompting scenes of wild celebration on the buzzer as the Jordanians got their party started.

Highlights from the event, organised by the World School Games Event Series, can be viewed below with full image galleries available here.

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