Strat­egy, hard work led to vic­tory

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Edi­tor,

I would like to com­mend the (Glen­garry Dis­trict High School) Gaels ju­nior boys bas­ket­ball team on their vic­to­ri­ous play­off cam­paign lead­ing to the EOSSA cham­pi­onship last week. Al­though char­ac­ter­ized as a Cin­derella-type story I'm not sure the ca­sual reader will un­der­stand how big an achieve­ment this re­ally is.

The Gs were un­der-sized, short handed and the low­est seed in the tour­na­ment. They were not ex­pected to suc­ceed but some­how man­aged to tri­umph against stronger squads.

A great deal of credit is due to the coach­ing of Trish Brown who saw the only path to glory was to “scheme” op­po­nents with a 1-3-1 for­ma­tion con­sist­ing of an ul­tra-ag­gres­sive de­fence just short of an all-out full-court-press. This is a tac­tic that most teams nei­ther ex­pect nor plan for.

The re­sults are: turnovers, mis­takes, frus­tra­tions and fi­nally, loss of com­po­sure. This kind of tac­tic is hard to ex­e­cute and the Gaels de­serve credit for stamina, skill and the qual­ity we like to call “men­tal tough­ness.” It just means: “play hard and never give up.” Good job, lads. Thanks, Trish.

Ge­orge Kam­pouris, St-Isi­dore

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