Thursday, 9 January 2014

Junior Boys Basketball

The Junior Boys basketball team at ODSS this year is nothing like before. In the last five years, the team won two games out of 70 games. This year we started off winning the two preseason games by 70 points combined. Once the regular season started, we won our first two games and then lost the next two games 65-63 both times against Ross and Centennial. After that, we just took turns winning and losing until we reached our current record of 5-4. We have five games left in the regular season and the record that we`re looking to end up with is 10-4.

The reason that our team is so much more successful this year is because of our off court chemistry. Everybody on the team just likes to hang out with each other so this makes the on court chemistry rise. Talent is obviously needed if a team wants to be successful, but being cohesive is so much more important. One player can`t score all the points for a team, get rebounds or play defense by themselves either. All five players on the court have to do this and this is the focus we have this season. What makes the Junior basketball team so successful this year rather than other years, is that everybody is willing to sacrifice their stats for the good of the team.

The worst loss of our season was against St. James by 14, but in the other three losses, we only had a deficit of eight points combined. Since we can stay in the game with every teams and potentially win against every team in District 10, this season, the Junior Bears are looking to win the District 10 championship. The last time the Junior bears won it was a very long time ago and I think we have all the pieces to get the 2014 trophy and then continue on to CWOSSA.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have had a reputation of being a very uncoordinated team for as long as any one can remember. Even though many franchise and hall of fame players like Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and Damon Stoudemire have played for Toronto, they never seem to do well. All of that could change in 2014. The players, the fans and the coaches might have found a way to be successful in the future.

The Raptors have and had a very multicultural roster which represents the population of Canada as a whole. This is the biggest reason that this franchise has one of the largest fan bases in the world. Players from all over Europe, South America and the United States have all contributed to the Raptors organization and continue do to so today. The Raptors currently have one player from Europe and one player from South America. The others played in various parts of the United States. In the 2011-2012 basketball season, half of the roster was from countries other than the U.S.

This season, Toronto is playing the best basketball it has since 2009. They're on a five game win streak and have won the last 10 of their 12 games. They've beaten the most threatening clubs in the league this year including Oklahoma City, Chicago, Indiana, New York and Los Angeles. In the last five games their point guard is averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 10.2 assists and 1.4 steals. Also, before trading Rudy Gay, this team was averaging about 15 assists per game. After the trade, Kyle Lowry himself is averaging 10 assists and the team is averaging over 23 per game.

Fans can't get too excited because this team still has a little bit of rebuilding to do and the biggest competition of all is Sunday night in Miami. If Toronto beats the Heat, then the league really has to consider Toronto as a contender and the Raptors fans will finally get what they wanted for a very long time: a winning team.