The Velma-Alma Comets have played in two regular-season tournament finals this season. They have been runner-ups twice, dropping their own tournament and the Black Diamond Tournament in close games.
There is a reason teams play in these regular season tournaments: To learn how to play tournament basketball. Being able to play one night, turn around the next night and play a team with no practice isn’t easy, and it takes practice.
It’s hard to doubt the Comets’ talent this season, but the one area that could be brought into question is their killer instinct in tournament championships.
Perhaps, after losing two finals, Velma-Alma will have lost confidence and will be nervous in close games. Or, perhaps they will play with a chip on their shoulder, learning from their failings and taking out their frustration on any team that takes the floor against them with a title on the line.
Greg Crews is sports editor of The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.