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South Valley Falcons Hoops — First Half of the Season

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      The South Valley Falcons’ first City League basketball game was on Sunday, January 15. We were taking on the Trinafour Cellars team.  Much respect for that team because they had us on the run early.  They were playing good offense and defense and were also handling the ball very well. Trinafour jumped out to an early lead, but South Valley was fighting back, we were not giving up that easy. South Valley went to a half court trapping pressure defense, and forced a lot of Trinafour turnover, which led to a lot of easy layups and South Valley took the lead at half. Trinafour handled the pressure better in the second half and South Valley got into foul trouble and Trinafour took advantage and scored from the free-throw line, otherwise South Valley would have pulled away. The game went back and forth right down to the end, but in the end, Trinafour’s height was too much as they kept grabbing rebounds for second shots and scored the final hoop with about 9 seconds left.  South Valley had a chance to win, but missed.  It was a tough first game and South Valley was devastated and disappointed about the loss. But South Valley was not gonna stay quiet and tremble in tears.

The next day of practice everyone was just working as hard as they ever did.  The team came together at practice and decided they had to work harder to avoid more losses throughout the whole season. South Valley wanted another shot at Trinafour, but that would only happen if South Valley got matched up against them at the end of the year tournament, so revenge would have to wait.  So now South Valley needs to pull through and get those wins throughout the seasons

The following week South Valley had their second game of the season against Frosty’s Ice Crusher. Everyone showed up, except for Coach Freddie, who had to attend his daughter’s gymnastics competition — family first. The game was never in question, South Valley just absolutely destroyed Frosty’s.  Frosty’s has a very young team, and the Falcons were just too much for them, winning by 40 points.

Third game of the season the Falcons were ready to play on the court against West Coast Mufflers. The Mufflers were a good team with some very good players. South Valley thought it’s going to be a tough team to face and we thought it going to be a close game at the end.  The game started out close, but the Mufflers jumped out to the early lead.  But just as in the first came, the Falcons’ half court trapping defense proved too much for the Mufflers.  Turnovers led to several easy Falcons’ hoops and saw the Falcons go up by more than ten points.  Unlike Trinafour, the Mufflers never really figured out how to handle the pressure, and South Valley ran away with the game in the end, winning by 14 points.  South Valley really really wanted to win this game everyone gave it 100% that day. It was a good game and a good win that left South Valley with 2-1 record early in the season; that means they have 2 wins and 1 loss.

The next game the Falcons had was against Rorabaugh Earthmoving, a team that had several players who also attend South Valley. Those kids had also tried out for the team for school, but decided to form their own team — partly not to deal with grades and partly to get more playing time. I ain’t going to lie but, the people that were on that team were good even had one of the best players in the whole town, Marcus Ram. The Falcons were missing a key player off the bench too. This was a “Bragging Rights” game and everybody wanted to win badly.  I showed up late, but still before the tipoff, but Coach Freddie didn’t let me play because he had handed out all of the uniforms already.  I was mad when he told me because I had been to almost every practice and one of the kids hadn’t shown up to practice for the past month but yet still got to play. I knew I was late, but still, that wasn’t right.  I was so mad I left the building and thought to myself that I am going straight home, but I took a moment and just sat there in my car thinking should I go and not support my fellow team mates or should I go back and show good character and cheer them on because I wanted to beat this team too. It took awhile of thinking and I told myself to go back into the building and support my team throughout the way. It was a really exciting game.  The Falcons started off down early, but came back to take the lead and were winning by six starting the fourth quarter.  Marcus kicked into high gear, not just scoring, but getting rebounds and steals too.  A few questionable calls by the ref went against South Valley, and the kid who had missed practice for a month, even though he had played well up to that point, made two critical turnovers and the Falcons lost by 2 points. It was such a disappointing loss, we were all bummed out.  The Falcons had played pretty well, but we were not thinking of that, only of how we lost.

The South Valley team had a tough day right after they lost against the Rorabaugh Earthmoving team. The kids from that team who go to the same school as the Falcons were just giving us a hard time and kept coming coming back with stupid insults day after day. The truth is, none of them did much to win the game, it was the two kids on the Earthmoving team who don’t go to South Valley that won the game for them.  At this point in the season, halfway through the season with a 2-2 record, the team was thinking that it’s been a tough year, partly because they went in with high expectations of winning the championship.  I’m not talking about just one person, I’m talking about every single person on the team. The team doesn’t like to lose; none of them do, so coach Freddie wanted to talk to all the kids on the weekend to talk about the game. He didn’t get to talk to us until the day of the next practice, telling us that he had made mistakes too, but that we shouldn’t give up…it’s about getting better every day so that at the end of the season, we are the team to beat.  That helped all of us to understand that if we step up and play hard as a team and build upon our mistakes and learn from them as well we can beat those teams. So we worked hard in practice and focused on playing together as a team. We know we can win our remaining games and compete for a championship at the end.

 

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