The buzzer went off, we all ran over to Mr. Bradley, looking for the game plan that would defeat our hungry opponent. I sat on the bench as our starting five got gobbled up by the powerful ginormous Pike team. It was late in the second quarter, and we hade already dug ourselves in a deep hole. Mr. Bradley walked over to me and exclaimed, "Lucas in for Patrick," I leapt to my feet and ran to the scorer's table, where I was going to be put in. The ball bounced out of bounds, the ref blew his whistle, and I stepped on the court for my first every varsity game.
I ran to the other side of the court, tasting the immense power of being a player on varsity. The ref handed me the ball and I passed it in to the point guard, Maahin. I trotted over to my position on the wing as Maahin called the play, Motion. As Mr. Bradley yelled, "go," I sprinted down to the block where I set a pick for Eddie Uong. He ran up to the elbow and received the ball. After he pivoted, he drove down the lane and easily dropped the ball in the basket for two points. Mr. Bradley had already told us that we were going to be in 2, a 2-3 zone. I jogged back to my spot on the top right elbow. Pike dribbled the ball up to half court and tried an extremely risky pass to the man posting up on the left block. Maahin, the man on the opposite elbow picked off the pass and I bolted down the court on a wide open fast break. Maahin saw me out of the corner of his eye and he launched the ball on a perfect, leading and one bounce pass. The ball landed in my hands, I took one step, let the ball roll off my hand, and bounce perfectly in the hoop. I had scored my first ever Varsity Basketball basket!
As the loud and annoying buzzer blasted it's sound, the half ended with a score that was highly in favor of our opponent Pike. We all traveled upstairs like wounded zombies, but when we returned to Mr. Sanborn's room, Mr. Bradley noted that this was a game, and we were supposed to have fun, no matter what the score was. As soon as Mr. Bradley said that, although we were getting demolished, I realized that I had the rare opportunity to play Varsity Basketball as a seventh grader. I also realized that I should cherish all the opportunities I get, because there is a possibility that they could only happen once in my life. You can't end an adventure without starting it.