Last night we played our first game of the year. There were the usual emotions before a game of excitement, nervousness, but mostly I felt confident and prepared. We struggled to shoot the ball early even though I felt we were getting great shots. Our guys were relentless throughout the game and effort was not an issue. We lost by 29. I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t surprised about the final outcome. I thought we played will in our previous scrimmages, had a great week of practice, we watched film, and have 9 guys on the roster that all bring something unique to help us win. In the locker room after the game, we discussed how this was a journey and that what is most important is that we grow and individually reflect on how each of us could be better. The 24 hour rule I talked about last week couldn’t be more fitting.
Each year the makeup of our team is different, much like each year as a teacher is very different. Our biggest strength at the JV level is that we have great character guys who respond after failure, mistakes, and 29 point losses. I’m excited for practice today. The great thing about basketball is we don’t have to wait long to get another chance to respond to a big loss. I tried to find some inspiration on The Google and found this quote that is probably inside a fortune cookie somewhere but fitting to this post. “The humble man makes room for progress, the proud man believes he is already there.” I know as the year goes on we will have some great wins and some more bad beats. I also know we have players that no matter what will be relentless in practice, games, and off the court. It’s time to learn from yesterday’s failures and be better today.