Quisqueya Christian School took their basketball team to the Dominican Republic to play in a tournament at the end of April. We were hosted by the awesome people at Santiago Christian School. The Santiago tournament featured 8 teams: 7 Dominican teams plus 1 Haitian.
I am not an unbiased observer. I am something of an assistant coach/water-boy. I clearly have a rooting interest. However, I believe I am being honest when I say that the QCS Eagles owned that tournament.
We won our group play and then faced two more teams in the playoffs. And. We. Won. Every. Game.
ChampionsI could tell you about how we won most games by more than 20 points. About how the Eagles played a better transition game than the other teams, or how the Eagles out-rebounded them. I could tell you about how our seniors showed tremendous leadership. But, I would rather tell you about how the players were viewed by their opponents.
We played Santiago Christian School first and beat them handily. They have a new coach and some inexperienced players, but they are building a great team. The game was a near blow out, but after the game their coach was complimentary of our team. "Gentlemen" was the word he used to describe them. He praised the team for not trash-talking. "Business-like" was his other comment. He said our players were not showing off, or rubbing the victory in the face of his players. After that game the Santiago coach and their players were giving us scouting reports on the other Dominican schools we would be facing. Our players' character had won them over.
I have taken for granted the type of young men our players are. However, I can imagine what type of players his team faces. Despite the fact that (or maybe because) the Quisqueya Eagles are undefeated, we regularly face teams that have a player who runs his trap. The fans of the other teams constantly harass our players.
John Wooden quote to share with them.
|Coach Art and his wife Miquette|