Blocking Out the Offense
Tigers blocking to win the game
Block out, rebound, fast break and teamwork were what won games. It was not all about the points on the score board but the teamwork and sportsmanship these boys had. “Sportsmanship means everything to me, honestly. The more respect others have for you and the team shows good sportsmanship. Growing up, my parents have always taught me to treat others how I would want to be treated on and off the court,” Cayden Aldridge, 10, said.
The Basketball team worked their hardest to come out successful and on top, hoping for a trip to State this year.
“I want this year’s team to be remembered as the team that made Tahlequah great again,” Evan Gurule, 11, said.
The talent the boys had didn’t just come naturally. It took a lot of practice and good coaching to make this team the team they were. Coach Ricky Bruner 2nd year head coach for the Tigers, said, “I really enjoy coaching this team. I get a lot of joy from being a part of this process of helping these young men learn life lessons through the sport of Basketball.”
Not only did these boys have a great coach to help them win, but almost all of them had some type of good luck charm that they relied on.
“My good luck charm is a quote by Ray Lewis. I listen to it before every game. It motivates me, and I always keep a dime in my shoes,” Corbin Simpson, 10, said.
Aside from all the hard work and dedication these boys put into the game, they liked to have fun. The Basketball team was one of the biggest supporters of the Lady Tigers Basketball team. They are at every game cheering the girls on.
“I love watching the girls play. If we support them, they will support us. It’s teamwork off the court,” Jayce Luna, 11, said.