Our team, the East Lansing Trojans boys varsity basketball team lost last night to Grand Ledge 59-53. It’s the first regular season loss for the Trojans since March, 5, 2015. We had won 45 straight. In the CAAC Blue, we were riding a 34 game win streak. Pretty impressive, I know.
But losing a game in the regular season, well, it’s okay. With all due respect to our opponent, we’re still tied for 1st place in the conference. We play them again and there’s also 10 more conference games to play.
Anything can happen.
That’s why we should all take losing as a lesson. A very important one at that.
Losing helps you understand what you need to improve on. Losing makes you hungry. I’m not sure if they wanted it more than we did last night but I thought they had a little more energy and juice. But that’s okay, because now we know we have to bring the juice every game.
The great thing about high school basketball is that there’s another game; in two days we take to the road for a conference game vs the Holt Rams. But before the game we will watch the game film from last night, hit the weight room and then practice on Thursday.
We will not feel sorry for ourselves nor will we pout and sulk. We’ll handle our business and get back at it.
David Schwartz once said, “How you think after you lose determines the next time you win.”
We have a growth mindset at East Lansing. We’ll work harder. Try harder and study harder. We will confront these challenges and develop into a better basketball team. We will make our best effort in the next few days. No one will feel sorry for us.
Just because you fail, it doesn’t mean you’re a failure.
To close, Michael Cain’s character in “Batman” had a great line.
“Why do we fail? So that we can learn to pick ourselves back up.”
When you fail at something, you have to go back to work.
And that is a valuable lesson.