“Our success will ride largely on our mental toughness and selflessness,” he said. “If we can establish ourselves as a strong-minded team where each guy is working his tail off for his teammates, we will be in a position to have a great season. Selfishness and a lack of discipline will always kill a team, and our guys have battled and shown tremendous growth in these areas already.”
Helping the Patriots in those aforementioned areas are a group of seven seniors, including Gates, Bethesda’s point guard and captain.
“(Gates) has set the bar very high through his dedication and ability to motivate, unify, and communicate with the rest of our team,” Cook said. “The other seniors have embraced their role as leaders and trend-setters for our program.
“Our seniors have just been terrific up to this point. They have bought into our message of mental toughness and selfless play. Their buy-in is already paying dividends as they’re learning to have fun by working hard and pushing each other.”
Bethesda has adopted an acronym to define its season and Cook hopes it will properly motivate the team for the entire year.
“Our goals for the year center around the acronym WASH, which stands for ‘What’s At Stake Here?’” Cook said. “Our goal is that our team would emphatically direct people to the Glory of God whenever we take the court through tough-minded and aggressive play. We’re going to give an account to God for the talents he gave us, so we must demand exceptionally high standards from ourselves in order to represent Him well. From a more physical standpoint, our guys have set a sectional championship as a primary goal of theirs.”
New Brownsburg boys’ basketball coach and former Butler standout Ronald Nored will guide the purple and white Bulldogs in the 2012 season.