The World of Sports

The RGV Vipers were nothing more than mediocre during the first part of the season. Some nights they looked like world beaters, other nights they looked like a beaten world.

First-year coach Joseph Blair, though, kept preaching the same words. He talked about culture and defense first and playing Vipers basketball. He had little concerns about his team’s offense — offense is something they can do in their sleep with a deadly combination of slashers, big men and 3-point sharpshooters.

After a 9-9 record to start the season, however, his broken-record teachings started to sink in. The Vipers won 13 of their next 14 games. In seven of those games, they kept their opponent under 100 points, a massive achievement in a league where it’s fire all rockets at all times. During a six-game stretch, the Vipers held opponents to 89.1 points per game.



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