North Otago lost their 100 per cent record to Christchurch Black at the 50th anniversary of the South Island Primary Schools Tournament on Wednesday.
Former Black Caps' skipper Stephen Fleming's speech at the opening ceremony seemed to inspire the youngsters as they took a tightly-fought victory over West Coast on the opening day followed by an impressive win over Buller.
Despite day three not going to plan, coach Barry Matthews is confident his team can bounce back.
"The first two games were fantastic," he said.
"Christchurch Black are probably one of the toughest teams but it was a good effort, we just want to perform well in our last game."
North Otago finished bottom of the pile last year but rose to the occasion this week.
Kurow's Thomas Harding is the tournament's leading wicket taker and Henry Bell has also been a standout performer.
North Otago take on Mid Canterbury in their final fixture today.