John Wooden once said, “Sports doesn’t build character. It just reveals it.”
The Falcon Cup was our second tournament this year and we are proud to say that we emerged as winners. Held on the 16th of December 2019, it was a one day tournament for basketball. The tournament itself was conducted for 4-5 days and students got to play many other sports like cricket, kabaddi, volleyball and so on. It was hosted by CMR PU. We, the CMR NPS basketball team were looking forward to this tournament. It was the perfect opportunity to come together as a team and put forward our abilities and skills.
The tournament started of with an encouraging speech given by the Director of CMR Law College. He motivated us and reminded us to give our 100 percent and not to worry about the result. After all, at the end of every game, we don’t have losers. We only have winners and learners.
Keeping this in mind, we stepped onto the court to play our first match against Ekya Schools. We knew that this was going to be a tough game as even Ekya Schools had set their minds on winning the cup. Nonetheless, our spirits were not dampened. We had to play to our full potential and we knew it. The match started and both teams played fiercely. At the end of the first quarter, we had a decent lead but we knew better than to slack off. The other team could always make a comeback. Determined to increase the gap between the scores, we played the second and third quarters with equal fervor. At the end of the third quarter, we were satisfied with the gap between the scores. The juniors then played the fourth quarter, learning and enjoying the game.
We won the first match but we still had one to go.
Our second match was against Jyothi Nivas PU College. Even though they were older than us, we silently vowed to win the cup. That was what we were going to do. The match started off and we played a good game. We managed to slow down and score on our offense and we played tight defense, making sure that we didn’t let them score a basket. Jyothi Nivas put up a tough fight but it wasn’t enough to stop us. We were on a mission and we weren’t going to stop until we successfully accomplished it. Relief and happiness flooded over us when the whistle blew, signaling the end of the game. We had won! We had won the cup in the under 19 category and it was our first gold medal this year. Words couldn’t describe what we felt when we won. All that hard work had paid off!
Our boys played really well too. The under 19 boys A team won silver, coming second to Claret. The under 19 boys B team put up a strong fight against Claret but were unfortunately unsuccessful.
It was an amazing experience and we want to thank all our teachers for supporting and believing in us all along. We thank Swati Ma’am for giving us this opportunity to shine. We want to thank all the coordinators and teachers for supporting and encouraging us. Last but not the least, we want to thank our coaches, Naresh Sir, Kishan Sir and Tejas Sir for guiding us. Without them, this win wouldn’t have been possible.