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The score is tied.
We head back out to thebattlefield.
I am the point. I'm the one who leads this team like a five-stargeneral.
I'm the one they count on, depend on, rely on.
If we mess up I getthe blame. If we win I get the credit.
I am the powerful point.
The refblows his whistle. The ball is thrown into my holy hands.
I dribble downcourt. My hand raised signaling the play.
I look right, look left.
I bustout a crossover dribble to my defender.
I look down at the post, no way of anefficient entry pass.
I break down to the top of the key to look for anotheroption.
The time ticks down, got to make a decision.
No one is open, Isignal for one of my teammates to screen my man.
I go around the pick and
STOP, POP and DROP.
The buzzer sounds and the ball swishes through the




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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