Every year thousands of former college basketball players venture overseas to play professional basketball in hopes of competing at the highest level and growing their game to the next level -- former Valparaiso University guard Erik Buggs is one of those guys. After two seasons playing in Switzerland, Buggs will spend the 2015-16 season with U. Catolatica in Santiago, Chile, where he'll take you inside his life on and off of the court in pro basketball with his blog, "Inside My Pro Basketball Life"...
This season so far has been one of many ups and downs.
We have literally been at the top of the standings and have been at the bottom of the standings. I have seen my numbers at their peak and they have fallen some after my injury. With all of this being said, we are now at the end of the season with four games left before playoffs and we are tied with four other teams looking to make the eight team playoffs. Not only are we tied with those teams, we are only a few points out of one of the top 3 spots.
To say this season has been a roller coaster would be a definite understatement.
Since my last post, I’ve been rehabbing my finger trying to get the full flexion back and also checking it weekly with x-rays with to make sure the healing has not been disturbed during my playing through it. This has definitely been frustrating but the improvement I’ve seen is phenomenal. I’m back to full use of my left hand with all my fingers and back to shooting the ball as well as I had been before the injury! This is something that is just in time for the playoff push and definitely something that I am excited for.
Just talking about the last four games is something that has me ready to skip the week of practice and get into playing. The fact that every game could be a decider as to who enters and who is left out of the playoffs is something that any player dreams of.
This is where all the work that was put into the summer comes into play. We have played every team twice so we know what to expect but we also know that teams feel like they know what to expect from us also. We still are the surprise team of the league, mainly because of the exit of the top locals from the club the previous year, so many teams have us circled as a game to worry about. If we enter the playoffs, we have a team that could do some real damage and possibly win the whole thing.
The mental preparation for this point of the season is the most important thing in distinguishing the teams.
Those who are the toughest will see themselves still playing come the end of the season and those who are weak minded will most likely be the first out. The top players for all the teams will rise to the occasion and will be looked at to help push their team through into tournament play. The physical part has already taken care of itself during the summer. Everything you do on the court will be things you have worked on during the offseason. One thing about the game of basketball, your work when know one is watching will always show itself!
You definitely cannot cheat the grind!
Our hard work paid off as we picked up the win over Talca this weekend (17 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assist and was named Player of the Game). While we lost to Tinguirra SF, we are currently still holding a playoff position but this weekend is crucial.
It could put us anywhere from 4th place to outside of the playoffs.
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