These were Jesus' last words (John 19:30), as he hung on the cross, knowing that he was paying for the sin of the world. It is finished.
These are my words as we wrapped up the last of a 9-game, 2 tournament basketball weekend. It is finished.
Unfortunately for Avery, he actually finished mid-way through game 7, although truth be told, there were signs of an early finish during game 5.
Thursday - 1 game: 1 hour ride to NH for 6:30p game.
Friday - 2 games: 1 hour ride to NH for 6:30p game, followed by 1 hour ride back to ME for 2nd game 7:00p (already in progress, the coach literally split the team into 2 teams because of the overlap in games!. The first team arrived in time to play the 2nd half of the 2nd game!)
Saturday - 2 games (8:30a & 4:15p)
Sunday -4 games (9:30 in ME, 11:30 championship game in NH (1 hr away), 2:30 ME, & 4:00 2nd championship game)
The championship game in NH on Sunday morning was so stressful, two boys broke down into tears and Avery got hurt and needed to be carried off the floor by the coach. He had given up the will to move. They won by 3 points in overtime.
That's when the season officially ended for Avery. He did an FBI in the 2nd quarter of game 8 and within the first minute of game 9. FBI = Fake Bad Injury. He sat on the bench with an ice pack on his knee so that he wouldn't have to play again. It was a sad way to see such a great season end, but he's 9, and 9 year olds have their limits.
Overall, Avery had an amazing season. He's a talented basketball player with a great leadership on the court. He has great ball handling and ball placement. He sometimes needs to be reminded that he's not Chris Paul, but overall, he's a lot of fun to watch. He led his team in steals and assists. His team won 2 championships with undefeated records, and came in runner up in 2 championships.
This is how I found him at 5pm on Sunday afternoon:
We're so proud of you Avery!