SUWANEE, Ga. — Matt Coleman is on the verge of making history; and not the good kind, either.
His BWSL (Va.) squad, which failed to qualify for the Nike Peach Jam last year for the first time in 20 years, is on the verge of falling short again.
BWSL is sitting at 3-7 in league play, which means it has to go at least 3-2 this weekend at Suwanee Sports Academy to qualify for a wild card spot; four wins and they’re in.
On Saturday, BWSL lots its opener 73-66 to Seattle Rotary (Wash.).
“I’m not worried,” said Coleman, a point guard who is ranked No. 21 overall in the ESPN 100. “I’ve been here before.”
Back in November, during Oak Hill Academy’s (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) season opener, just as Coleman and the Warriors were going on a run, Harry Giles III, the No. 1 overall player in the country, went down with a torn ACL that sidelined him for the season.
Eleven days later the then-No. 3 Warriors lost to unranked 22 Ft. Academy (Greenville, S.C.), eliminating any lingering faith that the Warriors could still make a national title run.
“I learned a lot from the situation,” said Coleman, who is averaging 14 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals a game in league play. “Everyone was writing us off, but we knew what we could do. We believed in each other and we got it done.”
The Warriors never lost again and went on to win the DICK’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals title.
Coleman is “confident” BWSL can write a similar story this weekend.
“We just have to play together and value every possession,” Coleman said. “That’s my message to my teammates. I’m gonna do everything I can to lead my team. We’re gonna leave everything we have on the floor this weekend. There isn’t any other option.”
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