Not Bad, Joe ... This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   I am on the foul line. Sweat streams down my face. I hear coaches screaming whatto do, and not do. There's a lot of excitement in the air. I smell the sweat ofthe other players, panting from running up and down the court. We're ahead by onewith seven seconds left. As I glance to my right, I see the look in Coach Matt'seyes. We both know I could sink these two shots in my sleep. But when there areseven seconds left and you're up by only one, the pressure starts to get to you.I taste a mouthful of opportunity. This game definitely bestows bragging rights.The ref hands me the ball.

Wow, this thing feels like a boulder, I'm sonervous! Get a hold of yourself, Joe, I tell myself. I take a deep breath andconcentrate on the back of the rim. Bounce ... Bounce ... Bounce ... I shoot, andwatch the ball fly out of my hands and through the air; there is dead silence.The ball hits the rim once and falls through the net. Yes! There are some cheers,and some groans. My teammates keep cheering me on. I receive the ball from theref with the opposing team trying to get in my head. We're up by two, I think. Isink this in, we win. Bounce ... Bounce ... Bounce ... Oh, no! It went off myright pinky. It seems I have taken a bad shot. But before I can decide whether itis good or bad, the ball soars through the air and goes straight through the net.Yes! I say to myself. There is a burst of cheers. I drop back to play defense.Five seconds left.

Someone from the opposing team drives through the laneand lays the ball through the basket. Up by one, I receive the ball. There'ssomeone down court, I say to myself. I heave the ball to him. He then lays it infor two, game over. We win! I jog off the court in happiness and notice CoachMatt. He congratulates me with the rest of the team in a very pleased way andsays, "Not bad, Joe, not bad."

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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lilweezie said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 2:30 pm
not bad but i could do better!
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