Passion, Heart, and Commitment: Newman Basketball

30 seconds left, overtime on the horizon. The team has battled from behind all night, even down as much as 14, but the score is now tied. Running a Jimmy Tillette classic, “Open”, the clock winds all the way to 10 seconds and Riley Demps makes his move. He makes the contested layup, and Newman wins. Captain Meyer Winsberg sums up the intensity of the game with his post-game celebration when he lets out a scream and immediately shoves fan, Schaeffer Rees. What an incredible moment.
There is something different about this Newman basketball team. They may not be the biggest or most talented, but they fight their tails off. Anyone at the Lusher or Shaw games can tell you that this team will not give up, and they will fight to the very end. This team even brought national power, Arlington Country Day, to double overtime in an epic game. Newman was the clear underdog, and even though they ended up losing, they battled. Thanks to a career high 48 point performance by Riley Demps, Newman was able to show that they can stick with anyone.
This is not to say there haven’t been struggles this season. This team is not perfect. There have been games where Newman has come out flat and not ready to play, but when that happens you can bet on one thing. Coach Jimmy Tillette and Captain Meyer Winsberg will be on top of everything making sure that everyone on the team knows that that is unacceptable.
When asked, senior leader Bo Marcus said: “We want to finish this season strong. We have a variety of personalities that I believe have meshed together to create a fantastic unit, and that can lead us to some big wins down the stretch.” As we stand now, the Newman Basketball team is 13-10, with huge district games against Riverside, Country Day and St. Charles left to come. Yes, these games are tough games, but I’ve watched my fair share of high school basketball, and if there is any team that can pull off big upsets, it is this team.