Nail Bitter Calvin Coolidge was the 30th U.S. president and the lead the nation during the roaring twenties that was full of dynamic social and cultural change. He mentioned that nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated black sheep. Persistence and determination alone are enough to reach the success of all levels.
Persistence is defined as a firm continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. The Mavericks have lost three of the last four in the 4th quarter. Often times having the lead but not executing down the stretch to pull out the win. “To be honest, I thought we were going to be in the same position again,” said Coach Thompson. “We went up by two points and once again we did not get back on defense to close out the game. That left Houston Heights open for a pull up three that they nailed. My heart was racing, and I was thinking how would my players respond and how would they take another close lost if that occurred.” However, the Mavericks kept their composure.
The Mavericks executed down the stretch by limiting second-chance points, going 5 of 6 from the free throw line, and securing the win with a steal and clutch free throws by Kenny Small. “Kenny was not having a good game in the first half, but I told him I will need him in the second half”, said Coach Thompson. “He came in provided us a spark and help us get this win. He is not afraid of the moment.” Senior Cameron Jacobs had a strong comeback game with 16 points.
Travis Ealy lead the team with 23 points 6 rebounds.