Last week, the U13 CAIS Boys’ Basketball team were confronted with their league championship tournament hosted at St. George’s School. After a good couple weeks of practice since our trip to Toronto, the team was prepared for a great challenge.
Starting off against WPGA, the team jumped out to a good start, a few early shots lead to an early lead that was unfortunately short lived. The team found themselves in a tight back-and-forth battle against an improved WPGA team. In the end, it wasn’t enough as the boys lost the league semi-final by four points.
After the disappointing loss, the team was faced with a chance to redeem the tournament, and compete for the bronze medal. After a quick lunch, and a mental break, the team hit the floor for their final game of the year.
Once again, the team jumped out to an early lead in the first. As Collingwood battled back, the team competed together, getting contributions from a variety of players, and held on to a lead into the fourth. With a back-and-forth final quarter, and a tight nervous ending, the boys prevailed with a Bronze medal victory. A nice ending to the season!
As we reflect on this season, there are so many moments to be proud of. The team grew tremendously on the court, and learned a new system while competing against top competition throughout the year. This team experienced many valuable lessons, and moments of adversity throughout the season. These challenging moments will be the important lessons for the team as they grow and learn. Those challenging or disappointing games, ultimately, are the most valuable lessons for the boys to learn and grow from. I am excited to see the future for these boys as they continue to learn and grow as players, and as young men!
Thank you, players and parents, for the support throughout the season! Coaching is a true passion, and I learned so much from coaching this group of players!
Well done boys! GO STORM!
MYP Teacher and CAIS Boys’ Basketball Coach