As Phil Jackson has learnt after his time with the Knicks, building a basketball dynasty is no easy feat. While I am in no ways comparing the ATC Basketball Program to that of an NBA Franchise, we too have faced challenges in trying to build a basketball program that the boys can be proud of. After inheriting the Basketball Coordinator’s role this year, it was evident early on that we had a number of extremely talented basketballers at the College who would thrive in the Club program. The challenge comes with getting boys to early morning training sessions in an effort to get them to work together collectively towards a common goal. Thankfully I also inherited fantastic and reliable coaches to lead our program through the Southwest Pirates Club Competition and mentor our boys as they developed and matured as basketballers.
Through the first three quarters of the club season our five teams have seen fantastic results. As the ladders currently sit, we have two undefeated teams (15A and 15 Green) surging towards finals and our 17A team also right on the fringe of a consecutive finals berth. Our 17B team have played some exciting basketball, with several late comeback efforts from almost impossible margins while our 15 White team has seen a number of boys who are new to the game develop and become comfortable running an offensive and defensive system on the court. The commitment of the boys and the coaches have been the overriding reason for the success we have seen and it is great to see our club basketballers constantly shooting around on the courts every morning and afternoon.
As we enter the final stretch of the basketball season it is important for all boys to uphold the high standards they have set with training attendance and intensity to ensure we can get the very most out of the remaining games and even possibly take out a couple of Premierships. 2018 promises to be even bigger for basketball with ATC entering the Queensland Champion Schools Basketball Tournament and the possibility of an EREA Basketball Tournament. 2018 will also see the opening of our indoor basketball court which will move all training back to the campus. Thank you to everyone for your commitment to this point and I look forward to a strong finish to the year.
Nathan Burgess, Head of Sport