Book One: Pregame
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The buzzer rang. The ball crashed into the rim, hovering for a moment as if gravity had taken a holiday, lingering…lingering…and then down it went, hitting the floor with a sickening slap of rubber against parquet floor.
No basket, no points, no win. The Hudsonville Malamutes were going home yet again this season. It was like Casey at the bat if the titular king of the strikeouts was the only batter on the entire team and never once got that hit the Mudville folk needed to win the game and whatever glory came with it. 103-80, victory so far away you could only smell it when the opposition left their windows open for a second. But that’s all any of those players got to do. There’d only be humble pie on the table tonight.