Savio Takes 5th Place at San Antonio Fiesta Quiz Bowl Tournament
Eleazar Camez, Nicholas Isakson, Grace Isakson, Daniel Jilek and Patrick Lahey competed in the San Antonio Fiesta Quiz Bowl tournament at John Jay High School on Saturday March 29th. This tournament served as the Eagle's final tune up heading into the state championship tournament next weekend.
Savio got off to a quick start, defeating the "A" and "B" teams from Harlandale High School by the scores of 265-110 and 270-25. San Antonio's MacArthur High School proved to be a tougher test, but the Eagles' tournament experience showed as they fended off a late rally attempt and pulled away with a 240-120 victory.
The Eagles were feeling good with their 3-0 start, but they hit a bump in the road against Keystone High School. It was a tight match with high drama. One officiating blunder was resolved in a manner unfavorable to the Eagles, and a series of late NEG5's by Savio left the door open for Keystone. On the final toss-up Keystone was able to seize the victory by a score of 185-180. Keystone ended the prelims with a 6-0 record and the #2 seed for the playoffs.
Savio got the bad taste from the Keystone loss out of their mouths with a convincing 240-110 victory over Warren High School. The final preliminary round match pitted Savio against San Antonio Reagan. It was a back and forth battle early, but at the end of round #13 the Eagles had built a big lead. Then something magical happened. The Reagan team caught fire, nearly shutting out the Eagles on the final 7 rounds of the match, taking the game 320-190. Reagan finished the prelims as the #3 seed, with their only loss coming against Keystone.
With a 4-2 record the Eagles managed just the #6 seed. Convinced they had shaken out all their bad luck, they looked forward to a chance at redemption in the playoff round. After easily eliminating the Flour Bluff "A" team 295-70 in the first round, the Eagles got their chance at revenge against Reagan in the 2nd round. Again the first half was a back and forth battle, and again the Eagles built a commanding lead after round #13, 165-55. But 14, 15, and 16 proved to be unlucky once again for the Savio team. The same fire that touched off the Reagan rally in the prelims caught them again, and they shut out the Eagles in the final 7 rounds. Final score Reagan 270, Savio 160. Reagan's hot streak continued as they defeated Keystone in the semi-finals 275-165, and destroyed Clark High School in the finals to claim the tournament championship, 470-55.
In the final results Savio ended in a tie for 5th place. The Eagles' top scorer was Daniel Jilek with 37.14 points per game (7 powers and 5 NEG's). The stage is now set for the Eagles in the state tournament next weekend. They will compete against 13 other teams, including San Antonio Reagan, at Trinity University in San Antonio on Saturday April 5th. This will be the team's final event in Texas for 2013-2014. But in June seven members of the team will travel to Chicago for the National Academic Championship tournament.