It didn’t matter if they were the ones to play catch up the whole 4 quarters. It also didn’t matter that they were playing a team on form nor did it matter who the opposition team were. It was always going to be a tough, physically challenging match that they had to face up to.
Yet they kept on trying their best. Even if they fell to the ground defending, they got up. Even if they lost that rebound, they kept trying and trying. Tired and frustrated they may be, they never gave up.
Shots wouldn’t go in, set pieces intercepted, tired faces and Murphy’s Law happened. The referee calls for unsporting foul on an opposing player as the captain goes down. Hurt, pain, frustrated that he can no longer carry on as he is carried out of play, it is as though the whole world caves in.
Yet they pushed on. Every time their opponents scored, they pushed on to close the gap. Even as weariness creeps in, the temptation of defeat lingers close, they continue to push on.
There is an old saying that lightning never strikes in the same place twice but for this night the saying holds false as another one of them goes down. Medics run in, the doctor comes in and the stretcher goes out again. Things look grim for Team Singapore.
Yet the cheers from the fans grow louder. The encouragement grows and all around me my fellow countrymen got behind their home team. This is Team Singapore and no matter what and we will stand behind them, for better or worst.
The timer sounds to close the game. The Singapore Men’s basketball team loses 74 – 87 in the crucial semifinals. Tears flow, heads bowed down, the reality sets in. Yet here stood in front of me is a team that played their heart out. Through my viewfinder I saw players with an unbreakable spirit that never gave in through all 4 quarters.
Even though they lost, fans still gathered round to return the appreciation the players gave. Hugs, words of encouragement and that expression of care all around to the team could be seen. The scene warmed my tired heart and as I smile, the lyrics of Tabitha Nauser’s Unbreakable play in my head:
You’ll find your reason
You can’t give up
So don’t you give in
You’re searching for the strength to carry on
It’s just another hundred miles to go
You are a champion
You are the moment
Within your mental vision
You are unbreakable
By Kenneth Wong
© POPCulture Online 2015, All Rights Reserved.