This is yet another cultural update from Japan:
School clubs are very important to students here in Japan. Even during vacations, students STILL come to school to practice basketball, volleyball, baseball, brass band, etc. Even during winter vacation, students continue to come to school until the day the school actually closes for the holidays. I have to imagine that when the maintenance crew arrives back after the break, they must buy new doors because the old ones are covered in scratch marks from where the students tried to claw their way back in.
Why am I telling you this?
Because I went to the girls' basketball club today to play around and was made to look like a bitch. Japan's club system produces superhuman experts in their field. Did I have the height advantage? Sure. Did they have the proper shooting technique? Hell No. I still lost miserably.