Tonight was the final game in our church basketball league. It just so happened to be the equivalent of a Championship Game (we abolished an actual playoff years ago when things got too competitive). Our opponents had gone undefeated for their season, and were clearly the better team all year. With youth, precision passing, unselfish play, and swarming defense on their side it was even fun losing to them. And they were our only loss this season, so we were relatively clearly the next best team.
Tonight was unique for two reasons:
First, our team only had 5 (five) guys show up to play: Trent VanDenberge, Kyle Ambrose, Dustin Larsen, Mark Puhlman, and myself. I was our center, standing at roughly six feet nothing (I am aging so it's probably closer to 5'11" nowadays. (The other team had 10 guys so they were subbing constantly and running us ragged).
Second, my parents were in town from Arizona and despite the 10:00pm start time, they came out to cheer on their son.
I'll skip to the end of the game because it's late and I'm exhausted, but suffice it to say that we only lost by 2 points: 79 to 77. I was so proud of my teammates who hit clutch shot after clutch shot and never gave up hope that we could win.
My dad, ever being the statistician, kept my "line" for the night and I am very grateful because it was arguably my best game ever. 37 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and only 2 turnovers. My favorite shot was a running three pointer from just beyond half court that beat the buzzer in the first half, tying the game at 38 apiece.
So in honor of my awesome parents, whose presence always seems to coincide with my best games, I pose today's blog post title question. :)
Love you mom and dad!
Song Of The Day:
I've recently become quite a fan of Imagine Dragons (thanks Jordan for suggesting them!) and their newest song "On Top Of The World" is fantastic! It describes how I am feeling this evening and is a great tune to end the day on. Thanks again to all of my teammates (and competitors) tonight! That was the most fun I've had in a long time playing basketball! Y'all are fantastic friends and everything that is right with semi-competitive sports!