Strategy, hard work led to victory
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