To say day #3 (Tuesday July 31) was disappointing would be an understatement. As I’ve stated before, we spent a lot of time talking to the team about being the best at the “controlables” and all indications leading into yesterday’s game against Saskatchewan was we were physically, mentally and emotionally ready to play our best. In another words, our plan was solid.
Unfortunately it would appear we left that game plan in the locker room. It would be easy to make excuses but I think the Mike Tyson’s quote basically sums up what happened yesterday…”Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth“. Saskatchewan was able to jump out to a early lead and then put together a very strong second quarter which put our guys on their heals, especially on offence. Although we played better defensively in the second half, our lack of team play lead to poor shot selection and costly turnovers preventing us from cutting into the Saskatchewan lead. The game ended 86-71 for Saskatchewan U17.
On Wednesday we take on PEI at 1:30 pm EST. This will be our finals placement game. Obviously today’s game has lots of importance. No one wants to start the tournament 0-2, but we need to prove to ourselves we can play to our full potential on the biggest stage.