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Seirin High vs Tōō Academy
Anime | Manga

Too vs Seirin

Type Winter Cup
Winner Seirin High
Final Score 101 – 100
Teams
Seirin High Tōō Academy
Notable players
Seirin High Tetsuya Kuroko
Taiga Kagami
Teppei Kiyoshi
Junpei Hyūga
Shun Izuki
Shinji Koganei
Tōō Academy Daiki Aomine
Shoichi Imayoshi
Ryō Sakurai
Kōsuke Wakamatsu
Yoshinori Susa
Duration
Manga Chapters 114139
Anime Episodes 3843
Navigation
Previous n/a
Next Seirin vs Nakamiya South

Seirin High vs Tōō Academy is the first round of the Winter Cup. It is Seirin and Tōō's second confrontation.

GameEdit

PrologueEdit

Before the match, Riko gave Seirin orders that if Tōō looks down on them, it will be all over. It is therefore vital to score the first point and take the lead.[1] At Tōō's side, Momoi saw through this strategy and told Tōō to not underestimate them and to absolutely not let them score the first point. Riko also foresaw that and told Seirin to go full assault again with Kuroko's new pass when they didn't get the first point.

Before the match actually starts, both teams shake hands. Imayoshi notices that the entire Seirin team has matured and got a lot better.

1st QuarterEdit

Aomine scores first point

Aomine scores the first point...

The tip off between Wakamatsu and Kiyoshi is won by Kiyoshi and Izuki gets the ball. Following Riko's orders, he dribbles the ball up court very fast, but Tōō doesn't hold back and stops Seirin with a pressure defense. The ball gets stolen by Sakurai when Izuki tries to pass and Tōō has its first turnover. Sakurai prepares to shoot, but passes to Aomine instead, who scores the first point with an alley-oop. Seirin's strategy didn't work and resorts to Riko's second orders, to use Kuroko's new pass to get a second assault. Kuroko gets the ball and prepares for his new pass, that looks like his Ignite Pass.[2] He spins his arm and his wrist and hits the ball with the palm of his hand. The result is a spiral-based pass that not even Aomine can stop, it simply knocked his hand away.

Kagami dunks first point

… and Kagami responds

The ball flies over the court to Kiyoshi, who can barely catch the pass, and he jumps for a dunk. Arriving at the basket, Kiyoshi encounters Wakamatsu, who is just about to block the dunk. Kiyoshi uses his right of postponement and passes to Kagami, who dunks the ball furiously. Imayoshi dribbles the ball up court and gives a high pass to Yoshinori Susa, who scores a lay-up.[3] This was a smart move of Imayoshi because Susa is much taller than his cover, Kuroko, and the high pass made Kuroko unable to steal the ball. The score is now 4 – 2, with 9:15 minutes to go in the first quarter.

At Seirin's side, a shot goes off the rim and Wakamatsu overpowers Kiyoshi and takes the rebound. He passes to Sakurai, who scores a three pointer. Then, the long awaited show off between Kagami and Aomine begins.[4]

Kagami and Aomine battle the one-on-one out in Kagami's head, unseen for the audience. In Kagami's simulation, he seemingly passes Aomine but gets the ball stolen anyway, but in reality, the two players just stare at each other for a few seconds and when Kagami determines that he will lose the battle, he passes to Izuki. He says that he can't win from Aomine yet. The ball fumbles out of bounds and Seirin calls for a time-out. In the time-out, Hyūga decides that he will score a few three-pointers. When the match restarts, the ball ends up with Hyūga, with Sakurai marking him. Hyūga takes a step backwards, jumps and scores the shot. He tells a surprised Sakurai that that move is called a Barrier Jumper.[5]

Hyuga scores with Barrier Jumper

Hyūga keeps scoring with his Barrier Jumper

He continues to shoot like that and keeps scoring three-pointers. Meanwhile, Sakurai decides by himself that he'll stop Hyūga on his own. When he has the ball and Hyūga guards him, he refuses to pass to Susa and shoots a three-pointer himself. His sudden shot causes stress under the basket, with Wakamatsu complaining they aren't ready yet. Against all odds, the shot goes in. As Seirin is on the offense, Hyūga asks Izuki to keep passing the ball to him. The match continues with only Sakurai and Hyūga scoring three-pointers, both with their respective quick-release shot and Barrier Jumper. Sakurai makes another shot with only a few seconds on the clock for the first quarter. Kuroko ends up with the ball and performs his Invisible Drive on Susa, passing him.[6] He passes to Hyūga, who scores one last three-pointer and Seirin goes to the second quarter with a tie on the scoreboard: 22 – 22.

2nd QuarterEdit

Aomine stops Vanishing Drive

Aomine stops the Vanishing Drive

In the time-out, Midorima and the Tōō team begin to understand the nature of the Vanishing Drive. Tōō tries to stop the move by taking Kuroko and Kagami apart and Aomine takes the challenge of handling Kagami. The second quarter starts and Kuroko gets the ball, facing Aomine for a one-on-one. Kuroko and Kagami perform the Vanishing Drive and Kuroko seemingly gets past Aomine, but Aomine is able to "see" Kuroko and stop him. it is revealed that Aomine was closing his eyes and being inaffected by the misdirection.[7] While he was doing that, he trusted on Kuroko's breath and their mutual understanding of basketball to follow him. Aomine steals Kuroko's ball, drives himself and dunks, taking the lead for Tōō.

While throwing in, Kuroko pulls up for another Ignite Pass Kai, in an act of despair. His teammates tell him to stop, because both Kiyoshi and Kagami are marked. Kuroko doesn't listen and fires the pass anyway. The effort was futile, as Aomine stops the ball easily. He dribbles past Kuroko and Izuki and then shoots his formless shot, while guarded by Kagami. The ball grazes the board, flies high up in the air and goes through the rim.[8]

Kagami blocks Aomine (anime)

Kagami's true power unleashed

After Tōō scores a few times on Seirin's turnovers, Riko calls for a time-out. She pulls Kuroko out and puts Koganei in. Kagami promises that he'll show Aomine that their effort isn't futile. Back in the match, Kagami faces Aomine, but passes to Kiyoshi instead. Izuki cuts and Kiyoshi fakes a pass, but goes inside himself. He finishes with a simple lay-up. In Tōō's offense, Aomine has the ball. He goes up against Kagami and prepares his infamous change of pace, but Kagami suddenly dives in and goes for the steal. Aomine takes the ball out of his reach and passes him. He pulls up for the shot, but Kagami jumps behind him for the block. Finally showing his true power, Kagami blocks the shot.[9]

Kagami blocks Aomine again

Kagami blocks Aomine's formless shot

Seeing an awoken Kagami, Aomine decides to get serious. He goes up against Kagami and speeds up yet again, rising his speed to unknown heights. Aomine bounces the ball high up in the air between Kagami's legs and the ball heads towards the basket. Wakamatsu thinks it's an alley-oop for him, but Aomine runs towards the goal, takes the ball from Wakamatsu's hand and lays it in with his back to the ring. On Seirin's offense, Koga puts up a screen against Aomine and Kagami dribbles Aomine into the screen. Aomine however, spins behind Koga and catches up to Kagami easily. Kagami changes sides and goes past Koga again. He jumps and takes a shot, while Aomine jumps behind Koga and tries to block it. Koga is caught up in between when the ball goes in. Aomine and Kagami go up for it again and nearing the basket, Aomine does his formless shot. Kagami is finally able to block this impossible shot and begins to best Aomine.[10]
Last shot of 1st half

Kagami's formless shot

The next attack, Aomine is having trouble attacking and throws in a sudden fake shot. He stops at a very late timing and is able to pass Kagami. But Kagami can keep up and stops Aomine. His state right now is close to a wild beast. This is because he learned how to awaken his animal instinct. Not only against Aomine, but Kagami also grabs the rebound over everyone else. Seirin goes into a fast break, Kagami passes to Izuki, who passes back at the other side of the court. The timer only has a few seconds on and this attack will end the first half. Just like Aomine, Kagami suddenly jumps for an unexpected formless shot. Aomine tries to block it, and barely grazes the ball, which spins around the edge of the rim before rolling off. The quarter ends with a score of 46 – 48 in favor of Tōō.[11]

3rd QuarterEdit

After the half-time intermission, both teams return to the court, with Kuroko back in for Seirin. The 3rd quarter begins and Imayoshi dribbles the ball up court. He faces a concentrated Izuki and passes to Aomine. Aomine suddenly drives past Kagami with enormous speed, leaving Kagami behind. Kiyoshi goes to help on defense, but doesn't make it in time to stop Aomine under the basket. Unexpectedly, Kuroko appears before Aomine and Aomine bumps into him, making an offensive foul. Apparently, Kuroko has read Aomine's path and is helping Kagami defending against Aomine. In Seirin's offense, Kuroko gets the ball, but simply passes it through to Kagami. The ball goes to Kiyoshi and back to Kuroko, who suddenly fires his Ignite Pass to Hyūga, who is open and makes the shot. That shot takes the score to 49 – 48 in Seirin's advantage, giving Seirin its first lead of the game.[12]

Kuroko vs. Imayoshi

Imayoshi stops Kuroko

Tōō is in offense again and it seems that the team's captain, Imayoshi, has a plan. He is on the ball, fakes a shot and passes inside to Wakamatsu, who makes the shot and takes back the lead. While defending, Imayoshi is suddenly guarding Kuroko. Against all odds, Imayoshi can stay with Kuroko and is isn't fooled by his misdirection. It is revealed that Momoi has found a way to counter and even disable Kuroko's misdirection and that Imayoshi the only one is to execute that plan perfectly. When the pass to Kuroko finally comes, Imayoshi is between it and can steal the ball. He immediately pulls up for a three-pointer and scores it. Back on Seirin's offense, Hyūga does his Barrier Jumper again, but Sakurai closes the gap in an instant and stops Hyūga from shooting.[13] Again, this is possible because of Momoi's analyses.

With Kuroko and the second-years in trouble, Kagami decides to face Aomine again. He gets the ball, but suddenly feels a small shiver of fear, fear of defeat. In this moment, Aomine takes his chance and quickly steal Kagami's ball. Aomine drives towards the basket, but encounters Hyūga there. Aomine uses his change of pace to pass Hyūga, but in that time, Kagami has taken place under the basket. Aomine goes up, makes a spin to the right in the air, at Kagami's side, is right before the goal and dunks it. Aomine seems to have gotten even stronger, but the reason behind is that Kagami is not the only one with animal instinct, Aomine has begun to awaken it too. Kagami did not feel hostility towards Aomine, but his 360 made Kagami respect Aomine and even admire him, for Aomine had reached the ultimate peak as a basketball player.[14]

4th QuarterEdit

Kagami vs Aomine Zone

Kagami and Aomine battle in the Zone

During the fourth quarter, Seirin is able to catch up some points due to Kuroko's Misdirection Overflow. However, the real battle is between Kagami and Aomine, who have both entered the Zone. In the last 30 seconds of the game, the score is 97 – 98, still in favor of Tōō. Due to the diminishing gap, Harasawa tries to call for a time out, but upon seeing Aomine still in the Zone, decides against it, believing it would be better not to disturb Aomine. The match continues, with Aomine making a formless shot from behind the backboard, bringing the score to 97 – 100 and a three point lead for Tōō, with 15 seconds left in the game. Hyūga tries to go for a shot, but, finding an open look impossible, passes the ball to Kagami, who is being challenged by Aomine. Knowing he would not make it, Kagami then passes the ball to Kiyoshi, who goes up for the shot. Wakamatsu goes for the block, but Kiyoshi purposely delays his release, making Wakamatsu bump into him and fouling, while at the same time shooting the ball and scoring. This gives Seirin one free throw and chance to tie the game.

Kuroko launches his final pass

Kuroko launches his final pass to Kagami

Kiyoshi and the members of Seirin, however, know that going to overtime would be suicide, as they are all nearly out of energy. With 5 seconds left, Kiyoshi plans to miss the free-throw and let Kagami rebound it. The free throw misses and Kagami grabs the rebound, but it is slapped away by Aomine. The ball ends up near the half court line, where Kuroko is waiting. Kuroko had anticipated this and throws the ball back to the basket, where Kagami and Aomine are still positioned. Kagami is then caught in a toss up with Aomine. Kagami receives the ball in mid-air and is able to ferociously dunk it over Aomine's block attempt. Seirin takes the victory, 101 to 100.

AftermathEdit

Kuroko and Aomine reconcile

Kuroko and Aomine reconcile

The result of the match causes great shock to everyone and also makes Aomine and Kuroko reconcile. After the game, Kuroko is so weak that he could not even stand on his own. Kagami notices Aomine's face, says everything was not over yet and there is no reason to be sad, he expects to play with Aomine again soon. During the line up, Kuroko reminds Aomine that he failed to bump fist back then, Aomine did not care but decided to bump after all this time. This win by Seirin greatly improved their confidence. However, it also has some negative effects as seen during the Seirin High vs Nakamiya South High match.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 115, page 8
  2. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 115, page 17
  3. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 116, page 12
  4. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 116, page 16
  5. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 117, page 16
  6. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 118, page 16
  7. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 119, page 14
  8. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 120, page 10
  9. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 121, page 17
  10. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 122, page 14
  11. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 123, page 16
  12. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 125, page 14
  13. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 126, page 18
  14. Kuroko no Basuke chapter 127, page 18

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