By Christy Cain
(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) “This is ‘Grit week’ around the Westmont campus. They are talking about it in chapel and it is a focus in some class discussions. It is a term that is not used often enough in our society,” opened head coach John Moore when talking about Westmont’s 56-52 win over Vanguard (13-9, 5-4 GSAC). “I love grit. Our team has a large amount of grit and they showed it tonight.”
Grit is essentially ones work ethic and toughness of spirit when faced with obstacles and setbacks. It is keeping your nose to the grindstone when situations are hard and nothing is going your way. Ultimately, grit is the perseverance to continually work towards a long term goal, no matter how difficult circumstances become.
Anyone who watched this evening’s game, could see that it the first half was a bit scattered. As coach John Moore explained it, “The team came out of the gate great with Daniel (Carlin) scoring the first eight points and then they just sped up and played way too fast.” By this point in the season, the Westmont men know that in order to win games, they need to play at their level and find a consistent rhythm as a team on the court. The key to doing this is patience. Patience with each other, patience in regards to ball control and patience in knowing that if you take calm, collected shots, sooner or later they will begin to drop.