The 32-Minute “Run” That Decided the Conference Championship


In sports, there are times when a team may go through a stretch in which it totally takes over the game, grabs the momentum, and seems to score in bunches either wiping out a deficit or increasing a lead.

In football, we may call it scoring “unanswered” points. In baseball, it is putting together some at bats and having a “rally.”

In basketball, it is called making a “run.”

In a sport that forces you to play both offense and defense in a matter of seconds, the ability to make a run when absolutely needed can do several things. One, it gives your team the confidence that scoring in spurts is possible at anytime, especially when the team can ride the momentum for a while.

Secondly, it always makes the other team feel like they have to “weather a storm” at any given time. It is always in the back of their minds.

But the best aspect of making a run is that it really takes a total team effort. Five players are on the court, but one team is making it happen.

Five moving parts. One entity. Synchronicity. Extreme effort appearing effortless.

“Runs” in a basketball game seem to come when the defense generates instant offense, when hustle breeds more energy, when enthusiasm becomes contagious, when potential gets realized, when all of the conversations in the huddles make sense, when players put team ahead of themselves, and when scoreboard means more than stat sheets.

“Runs” show both heart and mind, involve dedication to executing every fundamental, and giving your teammates better chances at helping the team.

A “run” shows the fans and your supporters that you fully embrace the desire to win.

Rarely in a championship game, does one witness a “32-minute run” – not when the two teams playing know each other so well from multiple competitions and are as highly ranked.

But that’s what happened tonight.

Well done, ladies and coaches.

Malcolm clapped a lot tonight. He sensed you were on a “run.”

Keep it going.