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Lions’ basketball learns father knows best

By Ashan Singh
Published: March 2009

Since he was six, senior Tyrik Wilson played numerous games of one-on-one with his dad, receiving continual lessons on the fundamentals of basketball.

After years of coaching from his father, Tyrik finally got the chance to prove himself as the Lions captain.

As luck would have it, his father, Dennis Wilson , coaches the Madison Park boys’ basketball team. On February 24th, Madison Park defeated the Lions 82-75 and advanced to the Division I South quarterfinals.

The win was not satisfying according to Coach Wilson.

“It was a very strange and awkward situation, being that it was the first time playing my son, having worked with him, and coaching him since he was young, Coach Wilson said.

Having watched every South game, knowing all the players and what to expect, Coach Wilson had a solid strategy to beat the Lions, specifically how to defend Tyrik.

“Even though he’s my son I told my players, ‘Ëœyou have to box him out. Keep both him and Alex O’Hagan, off the boards, and don’t come up with any weak shots’, Coach Wilson said.

Tyrik, who used to practice with Madison Park, also had an idea of what to expect.

“Coach [Joe Killilea] asked me who all the key players were, because I played with them for a while, so I knew what was coming, Tyrik said.

After dropping 13 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, Tyrik felt nothing but a sense of relief.
“This is the first and last time I’m ever going to play [my dad], so it was very emotional for me, Tyrik said. “But in the end, I was relieved.

“For both of us, I was glad it was over, Coach Wilson said. “It was bittersweet for me, and I had mixed feelings. I was happy for him because he still played a great game.

The game behind them, Tyrik and Coach Wilson look forward to impressive basketball careers as player and coach, respectively.

Recently accepted to Winston-Salem State University, Tyrik expects to walk-on the boys’ basketball team.

He was also recruited by Emmanuel College, and was very excited about the prospect of playing basketball in Boston.

Coach Wilson will continue to lead and improve the Madison Park squad.

The game last month was the first and the final time father and son will be rivals.

Although Coach Wilson won the basketball game, both left the gym with not only their dignity, but with a new sense of mutual respect that will stay with them.

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