Hilltoppers 2017 Season Review
by Jason Cordova, Head Coach
You hear the word a lot, thrown around casually through the course of a conversation. It is often used to describe the morale and character of an individual who overcomes hardships and does not waver from their goals. In an individual it is easy to see the results of meeting the challenge. For a team it is much, much harder.
The Boys Home Basketball Team just wrapped up their season with a 10-19 record. While this does not compare well to last season’s breakout year, it did show how well the team overcame a lot of obstacles to get to that point. It wasn’t a tale of one season, but of two.
The first half of the season saw a losing streak that seemed to sap the will out of the boys. A string of close losses almost demoralized them completely and at the midway point of the season they had only managed two wins. Standing at the brink of the edge and looking down onto a lost season, the boys reached deep within themselves and started playing with heart and confidence, working more as a team instead of individuals.
They became a team, working together and trusting one another. They won more games and even in their losses they were competitive and played well together. This culminated into the NLCA Invitational Tournament, where they quickly became fan favorites and received the loudest cheers of the weekend while displaying sportsmanship and camaraderie. They finished 3rd overall there and one of our players was named the Tournament MVP.
While 10-19 isn’t great, I couldn’t be prouder of the effort put forth by the members of the team. Each one of them gave their all game in and game out. They showed grit, hard work, and sportsmanship. It was, as they say, a perfect example of how we all strive to overcome obstacles and to never, ever, give up.