Boys Basketball Team Has All the Right Ingredients for 3rd Place at ACAMIS
Every year SIS puts a team into the “pressure cooker” that is the ACAMIS basketball tournament. This year’s team came out in third place, against one of the hottest offensive teams of the whole weekend. What did it take for the boys to finish on a winning note?
2 senior captains, 1 junior point guard, 2 sophomore starters, 4 energetic and enthusiastic freshman, 7 games played, 1 dozen charges taken, and hours of fitness training
The players were very aware and mindful of the work they had to do and the different roles they were expected to play.
The two senior captains, Sok Hwan and Alex, had a lot of responsibility placed upon them by their coaches. Sok Hwan recalled, “In the last game, we had our lead but the other team (YCIS) was starting to catch up and part of my job was to keep us calm during that time.” Alex said, “To ensure that my teammates were playing their parts it was important to be supportive of them on and off the court.”
The other key starters: Matt, Henry, and Chris each had their own opinion about how they contributed to this season’s achievement. Chris stated, “I knew I couldn’t be a strong offensive player every game, but I could be a [great] defensive player every game.” His remarks were echoed by Henry, who said, “My role, defensively and offensively, was to lead and encourage my teammates with my play on the court.” Matthew reflected on the ability of five individuals playing in-sync, “I felt that the other veterans and I worked well together.”
The four eager freshman realized that their roles would be different. Regular sixth-man, Joe, remarked, “I was disappointed when I made a mistake during the game, but I realized that everyone makes mistakes and I’d get over it.” A positive attitude was a key trait in all the freshman, including Tiago and Brian, as they commented, ”I was on the bottom of the food chain, but I learned from my veteran teammates and also bonded with them,” and, “I think my teammates expected me to try my best [regardless of the outcome].”
Since all nine guys couldn’t be playing at once, Jared understood the value of the bench, “Most of the time, we were on the bench making a lot of noise and being ready to give our starters a rest if they were tired or injured.” Not all ingredients in a recipe are equal, but all are important for the final result to be great.
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