Fourth plays fifth tonight as the Leith Honey Badgers square up to the Pentland Tigers. Tigers sit on a slightly superior record of 8 and 7 whilst Leith’s black and white brigade have recorded 7 wins to 8 defeats in their maiden season.
An unforgiving Sarah Conner once said, ‘there are 215 bones in the human body, that’s one’. However every Badger in the pack felt a ripple of pain as Supreme shot stopper Mark Holden suffered a season ending broken arm three games back.
The team seemed unified in the wake of the break, recording a big cup win over the Steel one week later, only to then fall short to the Masters the following match.
Holden has thrown himself into coaching the team and is playing the long term game, valuing development over the quick win at any cost formula. When its working it makes for great basketball and the more the Badgers stick to what they are aiming to do, the more and more the pillars rise from their foundations.
Back last year when these teams met for the first time, the Badgers led throughout the first half only to have the Tigers chip away at them as the game wore on, eventually coming out on top. A lot of time has past since then and its a new opportunity for the Badgers to see the game through to the end.
Tonight, its very much about doing the simple things right, moving the ball well and trusting your team mates. With a solid defence and a commitment to hustle throughout the team, Leith need to just concentrate on playing their way and the results will take care of themselves. Right now the trip this team is making is about the journey, not the destination. That ain’t to say winning doesn’t feel good! So play hard Honey Badgers, the future belongs to those who are willing to get their hands dirty. Lets get it on…