APEX, N.C. (WNCN) – Apex Friendship High School head basketball coach Kevin Wills admits his team will face a huge hurdle this season.
“It’s almost like boys playing against men,” Wills lamented.
Physically speaking the Patriots will be outgunned in every game they play.
“We are going to face kids that are bigger than we are, faster than we are, quicker than we are and more athletic than we are,” admitted Wills.
That’s just the reality of a first-year basketball program. Apex Friendship will have freshmen and sophomores on the court while the more established teams will counter with juniors and seniors.
“I’ve already had my parent meetings and explained to them what could happen this year and that we need to stay positive,” Wills said.
Parents do have a tendency to worry about their kids.
“They were very nervous earlier in the season,” Patriot freshman guard Cole Bouquin admitted. “They were talking about how they don’t want me to get hurt but I’m not really worried.”
Far from worried. In fact this young fledgling team is excited to build a program from scratch.
“I look at it as building a legacy, starting a foundation you know doing big things here and setting goals,” said Patriots sophomore forward Kasim Cosgrove.
Victories this season for the Patriots will not be measured by what’s on the scoreboard at the end of the game.
“We’re not too concerned about what the score is,” said Wills. “We’re more concerned about our effort, energy and encouragement. “Those three things we can control and those are our points of emphasis.”
Still, Wills does worry about his team taking on what he calls a “losing atmosphere” in the wake of anticipated mounting losses. But if the Patriots can avoid that, the future could be bright.
“Yeah, I certainly think so,” said Bouquin. “In a few years we could become really good because we’re going to create a bond together.”
A bond toughened from bumps, bruises, and bloody noses.
“We’re going to go out there, we’re going to fight, we’re going to try to compete and get better every day,” said Wills.
Getting better every day is a victory in itself.