John Wall and Lucas Hudson
Hello basketball world! I had another busy week. So here we go!
Last Sunday, I played in the SCBL high school league and had a solid game with 13 points. I like how my three ball is connecting and my drive and kick game is coming into play as I compete against older teams.
On Monday, I had off for Columbus Day. After I practiced my ball-handling drills, my friend and I went to the Tannersville Outlets in the Poconos. We both got really nice shoes from the Nike Outlet and they were cheap. We got a great deal on the Nike Lunar Hypergamers. The price was originally $110.00, but we got them for only $31.00. My mom really liked that! On Monday night I had a 1st round playoff game at the Chester League with Team Final. We came out strong and dominated the game, winning by a large margin.
On Tuesday, after school, our soccer team made banners for the homecoming game and had a pizza party. On Wednesday, we had our homecoming game. During half-time, the eighth grade players presented a rose to their mothers. All the mothers had big smiles. We won our game 6-0. I had a ton of saves. After the game, my parents drove me to the Team Final Chester League game. This was a semi-final playoff game against the Chester Boys and Girls Club team that earned the number one seed. At one point in the game, we were down by twenty points. We fought hard and with two minutes to go in the game, we came back and were down by only two points. Sadly, at the end, we lost by six points. If we had a few more minutes, I know we could have won. So now Team Final is finished with the Chester Fall League. It was a competitive and fun league and I’ll miss playing there.
Thursday after school, I had another soccer game. We played the number one team in the league and won 1 - 0. After that I worked out with Coach Derrick Mims for two hours. It was a very intense workout and we worked on a lot of pick ‘n roll plays, and situations. Friday, our middle school went on a field trip to the Franklin Institute to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. The museum was very interesting and we all had a great time.
On Saturday, we had our soccer playoffs. We won the semi-final game (3-0), my third shut-out game. Then we played the championship against our big rivalry. We heard they were talking a lot of trash on Facebook about our team and our coach. So we used that as fuel to go at them hard and we won the championship 2 -1! I’m really proud of my teammates winning this championship and was honored to be chosen to play in the all-star game this coming Tuesday.
Today was the showdown between Team Final Blue and Team Final Yellow at the Competitive Edge Fall High School league. For this league, Coach Orlando split up our team into a Yellow and Blue unit. Each team had players from last year and also some new players that are trying out for our team. The game was very close throughout with neither team going up by more than 6 points at any time of the game. At the end, my Yellow team made 8 out of 8 free throws in the final 2 minutes to hold on for a six point victory. Our coaches tell us all the time how important free throws are to win the close games and today really proved the point.
It was hard playing against my fellow teammates today and we all look forward to being one team again when we open the AAU season at the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic in December.
That’s only seven more weeks to get ready. So work hard; play hard!
See you guys next week.