Teary-eyed, Ethan Wilks walks out of the gym. His team, Wolf Pack Basketball’s Under-14 boys from Whitehorse, Yukon just kicked off Bballnationals with a heart-breaking 49-44 loss to the Shooting Stars Basketball Club. As Wilks walks back in, one of his teammates is waiting, immediately ready to console him. As the two boys walk together towards the rest of their teammates, all gathered in a huddle at the bench, Tim Brady looks on quietly.
“No, I haven’t talked to them at all,” said Brady, the boys’ coach and President of the Wolf Pack Basketball Club.
“We will,” he assured. “We’ll debrief the game, but I think they’re a little bit disappointed because they got themselves back into it.”
Despite trailing by eight points at half-time, the boys were able to tie it, but unable to seal the deal as the game waned on.