Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Diary Of A Baller: Otis "General" Livingston (NJ Got Game) Entry # 23

What’s up everyone?

This past week has been full of ups and downs, unfortunately more downs than ups. It’s a tough diary to write. There were disappoints for our team and personal loss as well.

We started the week with practice in preparation for our first state game against F.A.C.E.S. We practiced real sluggish and made a lot of mistakes on Tuesday. Coach Pete wasn’t having it so he left. On Wednesday we came back with a much better attitude and we focused a lot more. We have a new addition to the Got G.A.M.E family, Jamir Harris, so we ran over all our sets numerous times trying to get him up to speed. It’s great to have him on the team because he’s aggressive and he brings a lot of energy. On Thursday we just took it slow and ran over all our sets to make sure we had them down pat before the game. My great grandmother didn’t understand this and kept yelling at us to go faster and work harder lol.

Friday was finally here. My Grandfather got into town and he and my dad picked me up after school. We got some shots up then went to the barber shop to get my hair cut. The whole family was excited for the game. We loaded up in the car and headed out. We didn’t get very far though. My great grandmother had a heart attack and passed away. It was real sad because she loved to watch me play and even got mad at my mom if she didn’t take her to my games. We will all miss and remember her forever. Before the game it was hard for me to concentrate, but I had to do my best for the team. We came out hard, but we weren’t really doing that well on the boards and boxing out. We were up basically the whole game but they made a late run. We held them off to secure the victory. It felt good to beat them because it’s always a battle. I couldn’t really enjoy winning though.

The other team in our pool withdrew so on Saturday I just chilled with my family after a light practice. My brother Marcellus had a baseball game and JR Lynch and Coach Luis from St. Michael’s came to support him. It’s always cool to chill with them.

Sunday we played the Pirates. We started off just okay. We didn’t do a good job on the boards and boxing out. We weren’t hitting many shots. We were up two at half time though. We came out of halftime and they went on a run. We couldn’t score inside, we couldn’t score outside, and they were getting easy looks. We made some stupid decisions with the ball and it cost us. We ended up losing by 21, and we didn’t make it out of pool play due to points. It didn’t seem real. The only thing we can do is keep working, I know I am.

I want to give a shout out to Owen, who is injured and can’t play, and Kyle, who hasn’t been able to play as much as he wants due to illness. Also, good luck to everyone taking the NJASK!

That’s it for this week, tune in next time.

The General is OUT!