Lessons Learned On A DLSZ – SBC Game

I arrived at the game and the end of the 3rd quarter and the game in full heat. SBC was turning it over far too often and by 1:56 left in the 4th, was ahead by only two points against DLSZ, 77-75.

DLSZ’s #12 eventually tied the game followed by DLSZ’s # 11 causing an impressive block that unfortunately was too strong for his own good as he went out of the game after that clutching his shoulder.

An action – packed series of events transpired quickly afterwards. SBC’s #10 sank 1 of 2 freethrows followed by DLSZ’s #21 sinking a scintillating jumper on top of the key to forge ahead 78-80.

SBC tied it back up at 80 all with 1:02 left then SBC’s #21 is fouled on the inbound with 44.4 seconds left, and is promptly fouled. He sinks 1 of 2 freethrows, the score now 80-81.

With 12 seconds left SBC calls a timeout, and in two consecutive driving layups fail to score.

And here’s where it gets really exciting, as if it weren’t already.

On a final DLSZ inbound where they had to score, DLSZ’s #21 has a chance to tie or win on freethrows. Unfortunately, he misses both, and SBC goes on to win. I’m sure even SBC wouldn’t discount the fact this win was handed to them based on those two missed freethrows, and their sense of relief was palpable.

But the highlight of the game for me was this: Despite the heartbreaking and rather unfortunate manner in which they lost, DLSZ’s boys were still smiles all around, high – fiving each other and looking like they were all having a good time. Even SBC wasn’t pounding their chest or displaying some form of silly and excessive victory dance, as one would expect from boys of that age.

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Above is the 7th blogpost I have submitted to the Nike.com.ph/nsl2009 re the Nike Summer League. Other posts here.