the north face uk sale Golden Bears basketball program in good shape despite loss
HALIFAX When the University of Alberta Golden Bears walked off the basketball court Thursday night at the Scotiabank Centre after their devastating loss to the Ryerson Rams, there were a lot of broken hearts and dejected faces.
A watershed of different emotions were felt on the players that were part of a program with very high expectations this season.
The Golden Bears knew they missed out on another chance at a national championship, but if there were questions as to where the program may be headed next year after losing the the likes of all star Mamadou Gueye and veterans Geoff Pippus and Lyndon Annetts, they in great hands.
Brody Clarke was brought to the program to be an integral part of Alberta rebuild. Big expectations were placed on him and he reached those expectations.
He come in exactly as advertised.
The power forward has played a big role on and off the court and was put in a leadership role early on in his Bears career. Moving forward, this will be Clarke team to lead.
last two years were years where I been in a leadership role without the being the leadership guy, said Clarke, who was named to the U Sports first team All Canadian team and was nominated for the Ken Shields (student athlete, community service) award. losing a lot of older pieces on our team, I going to get an opportunity to step into that role of being the leader.
have to continue to draw on my experience and keep using it as leadership and fuel to make sure we capable of sustaining ourselves in this type of environment another year. There a lot I need to work on to continue to work on my game and I was happy with this year, but I have to use the experiences I had to positively affect my teammates. 4, 2016. MT), and despite missing out on a medal, they have plenty to prove.
no longer playing for the big one. That a let down, but at the same time, we want to prove to people that we do belong, said Clarke, who averaged 14.9 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Bears.
want to prove to people that we were in this argument for a reason and that we weren smoke and mirrors all year. We a good team and we play together. At the end of the day, we can still get something out of this experience. We need to learn and grow from this and not make this a sour part of our year. has been part of a resurgent Bears team that has now been to two straight national championships. He been front and centre in the program rise back up on the national stage, and he aiming to help propel this team to a different level after two disappointing results in back to back national championships.
feels like every tough loss I suffered in my career has been a different type of lesson, said Clarke. lost to Dalhousie (last year), we saw the nitty gritty, we knew what it would come down to and we knew what it was going to take when we come back. We took (this year) for granted. It felt like this year, we thought we were going to win. Instead of just going to play to win.
taught me a level of focus and perseverance that required to compete and win a national championship.
learned another lesson. We understand why Carleton has won seven (national championships) in a row. Why teams are getting here year after year and what it takes to perform in front of thousands of people when you not in your own gym.