A Battle of Wills

Winning is always a matter of will. I remember long battles in one-on-one basketball when I was younger. Every basket was worth one point, we had to win by two and the winner got the ball. It required a tremendous amount of will to win because we were never guaranteed to get the ball back. I remember the battle in my mind that told me to either let my opponent score because I was so exhausted or to fight for just one more chance to score another point. My skill and endurance mattered but my opponent usually matched both so in a close game, the deciding factor was always the will of the mind. Someone had to choose to outlast the other. These games were first to eleven but because of the win by two rule, they were often decided in the thirties. How many times do we give up when we could win if we had the will to outlast our opponent?

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