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Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 10:47 am

Courage and integrity are cultivated through adversity. The Fighting Scots boys’ basketball game against the Knights of Rialto on Jan. 30 was such a lesson.

The Scots came out to take on an undefeated Knights’ basketball team and played with courage to the largest crowd this season.

In the first quarter, the Scots began their attack with ‘Gunner’ Josh Sharpe nailing a three-pointer, to score first (he scored a total of 13 points for the game). By the end of the game, David Center had scored four points, Michael Hust made two, Myles Wheldon sank a three-pointer and another field goal for a total of five points, Kent Smith made three field goals for six points and Alex Orlando finished with two points. We had hoped for the best, but we all observed that the match-up was destined to be a loss, with a final score of Scots, 34, Knights, 84.

To give credit to Rialto and their coach, they have a very good team and they were able to penetrate the Scots’ defense and score baskets almost at will.

It takes courage for an athlete, or anyone else, to step up and face a daunting challenge, especially when the odds are staked against you, and that is exactly the courage the Fighting Scots boys’ basketball team exhibited against Rialto.

The boys’ attitude displayed enthusiasm and determination as they battled against a skilled team; they played to win and never gave up.

This is a life lesson for the team as a whole, as well as for each player individually. These boys will continue to face challenges but, more importantly, our hometown boys played nobly and, although frustrated, played with respect for their opponents and the game.

This display of character during adversity is something that our community, parents, friends and teachers can all be proud of. To the fans in the stand and the cheerleaders and band, thank you for coming out to help support the team!

The final home game for the season is this evening, Feb. 8, against Jurupa Hills at 6:30 p.m.

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