Savio Quiz Bowlers Shake Off the Rust At Houston Tournament
On Saturday December 13th the Savio Quiz Bowlers played their first tournament since September 20th. The HoHoHo (Houston Holiday Hoedown) is always one of the biggest tournaments of the year, and that trend held true this year as well. A total of 24 teams competed in Division I including the Savio "A" squad of Eleazar Camez, Grace Isakson, and Patrick Lahey. The Savio "B" squad of Jack Frey, Nicholas Isakson and Andrea Poblete competed in Division II, along with 19 other teams.
The A team struggled in their first two matches against teams from St. Thomas Catholic High School and LASA. They tasted success early in the match against Kealing and led 160-80 at the half. But Kealing caught fire in the second hald and claimed the match by a score of 290-175. The Eagles gained some confidence and got a little momentum going as they defeated Awty Euler 280-195 in their fourth match. But they were rattled by a convincing loss against another squad from LASA in their 5th match of the prelims. The A squad's final prelim match was against a high caliber team from Bellaire. The Eagles were in the groove and held a 255-235 lead going into toss-up number 19. But Savio negged on an awkwardly-worded economics question, answering "wealth" where the expected answer was "status". Bellaire grabbed this tossup and 20 of 30 bonus points to take the lead at 265-250. Bellaire then held onto victory by getting the final toss-up, winning by a final score of 300-250. The Bellaire team's only loss of the prelims was against a strong LASA team, and Bellaire entered the playoffs as the #5 seed.
The Eagle A squad's 1-5 prelim record put them into a tough spot as the #20 seed for the playoffs. They met the #11 seed from Village High School in Houston, another team playing with just three players. The Eagles held a lead at 85-70 at halftime, and jumped on the first two toss-ups of the second half to take a 145-70 lead. But Village owned the rest of the match, pulling away to win by a score of 230-185, ending the day for the Eagle A squad. But the Village team's tournament did not last much longer as they lost their next match to a LASA team 330-295. Leading scorer for the Eagle A squad was Eleazar Camez with 30.71 points per game (5 powers and 2 NEG5's).
The B team also struggled in their first match, being a bit slow on their buzzers. They dropped their first match against iSchool "A", but stormed back with a 155-95 victory against Cinco Ranch "D" in their second match. In the third match the Eagle B squad held a late 110-100 lead against Katy Taylor "B". But the Eagles could not buy a point on any of the final five toss-ups and fell by a score of 130-110. The St. Thomas Catholic "B" team, who went undefeated in the prelims, handed the Eagle B squad their most lopsided loss of the day, 240-110. But Savio B ended the prelims with convincing victories over Harmony Beaumont (225-60) and Cinco Ranch "C" (190-40).
The 3-3 record gave the Eagle "B" squad the #10 seed in the Division II playoff bracket. They faced #7 seed Parish Episcopal from Dallas. It was a very even match and once again the Eagles had a late lead at 130-85. But the Eagles negged on toss-up number 17 and were shut out for the rest of the match. With the score tied at 125-125 after #19, neither team could correctly answer tossup #20. So the match continued with a 21st toss-up as a tie-breaker. Unfortunately the Parish team beat the Eagles to the buzzer and took the match 135-125. Nicholas Isakson was leading scorer for Savio "B" with 52.86 points per game (4 powers and 2 NEG5's) and was the #3 individual scorer in Division II.
Next up for the Quiz Bowlers will be a regional qualifier for the National Science Bowl in College Station on February 7th. On that same day the Eagles will also compete in a regional qualifier for the Academic World Quest at a site to be determined in Austin.