The emotional high of Williamsburg High School’s first region championship since 1946 led to a bunch of tired basketball players the next day.
Yellow Jackets Coach Patrick Robinson gave his guys the day off Tuesday after they defeated Clay County 70-61 to clinch the 13th Region title the night before.
“We went from so excited and emotional,” Robinson said, “and then the next day, everybody was so tired.”
The Jackets returned to the practice court Wednesday, and Robinson said the coaches could tell from the get-go that their players weren’t focused.
“They were kind of goofing around a little bit, having a lot of fun,” he said. “Most coaches would have probably stopped practice and kicked the ball in the stands. But I did the exact opposite.”
Instead of throwing a fit, Robinson let his players enjoy the moment just a little bit longer.
They lowered the side goals in the gym so the entire team could participate in a dunk contest. They laughed, they joked around, they spent the whole practice having fun. They even made a video of the players dishing circus passes all over the gym that ended with a dunk and some goofy celebrations.
On Thursday, it was back to business. “That’s kind of how we handle the pressure – just have fun with it,” Robinson said. “It’s been a neat experience the last three days. Now we’re just trying to get ready, and we know it’s going to be a new experience. It’s going to be neat. I’m really proud of these guys.”