Lessons Learned in Victory and Defeat
There’s a phrase that coaches have repeated to their players in all sports, “Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.” The SIS boys high school basketball team had the opportunity to learn that important lesson over the course of the 2011 ACAMIS tournament in Xiamen, China.
A young team from SIS: 5 freshman, 1 sophomore, and 3 juniors took to the hard court against another young team, from TEDA. The SIS boys had not experienced victory much in their build-up to ACAMIS. So, when the Geckos began to assert their dominance over TEDA they were in unfamiliar territory. A twenty point lead was quickly established and maintained for the rest of the game. Throughout the duration the boys played hard, but did not showboat. They demonstrated superior team and individual skills, but they did not gloat. When it was clear that TEDA could not change the way they played, even though SIS was exploiting their strategy, the boys accepted the challenge to play a different way and respect their opponents limitations.
For the rest of the tournament, the roles from the first game were reversed. SIS experienced gut-wrenching, close losses and a pair of blowouts to more experienced and seasoned teams.
Young athletes carry a lot of emotion with them into games and the Gecko boys were no different. While emotions ran high and low, the boys maintained a focused giving their best effort first and foremost. The never-give-up team attitude shone above the momentary lapses in emotional control. The boys demonstrated consistent respect for their opponents in the way they handled themselves against more talented teams. They did not let their game-play devolve nor let their attitudes sour. Constant cheers of “Together” and “We all we got, we all we need” could be heard from the SIS bench throughout the entire gymnasium.
Even though, the tournament did not go as well as hoped in terms of wins and losses, the SIS boys can carry their heads high into next season. As the awards were given out during the tournament banquet, the boys team was called up one last time to accept their TEAM award for showing the greatest level of sportsmanship amongst the other five participants. The SIS Geckos will be back next season ready to return to the winners podium and they will do it with great team sportsmanship.
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