When Travis Ealy joined the varsity team as 8th grader last year, many worry about how he would adjust to players being faster and stronger. How would he find his game with seniors that has been leading the team the past two years? He had trouble fitting in but soon adjusted to being a big part of the team. However, his season was cut short due to a broken ankle. I would never forget that day. He refused to come out of the game. It reminds you of the quote from Any Given Sunday, “never underestimate a heart of a champion.” He displayed that during the offseason by committing to a rigorous workout routine to come back this season stronger.
White Oak only had five players and jump out to a quick start. They were patient on offense and control the pace of the game. Our goal was to speed up the game to attack them in transition. We missed several easy buckets early and took unnecessary 3s that caused our offense to become stagnant. Don Smith and Julius Wilson provided a spark on both ends of the floor to get us back on track. I excited about our improvement for our 2nd game of the season.
On this team, we must fight for every rebound, steal, and every inch of opportunity. On this team, we must fight amongst ourselves, and everyone around us to pieces for that opportunity. This may sound troubling, but it is the only way we can get better by challenging our teammates as we challenge our opponents. Cause we know when you add up all of those opportunities; that is going to make the difference between WINNING and LOSING between GETTING BETTER and BECOMING WHAT IF.
Travis Ealy lead the team with 20 points 7 rebounds 5 assist 4 blocks 3 steals