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Scott leads by example

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge varsity boys’ basketball coach Bob Christensen has said unselfishness has helped his team off to a 10-0 start this season. What team leader and top scorer Bryce Scott did Saturday epitomized that characteristic and team rallying cry perfectly. After being selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Mesa Verde Tournament, Scott told Christensen he didn’t want the award, and instead gave it to teammate Will Findlay. “Basically, Bryce just thought his teammate was more deserving,” Christensen said. “I thought Will had a very good tournament and deserved it,” Scott said. “Usually they give the MVP to the leading scorer, but there’s a lot more to the game than that. We couldn’t have done it without Will.” The 6-foot, 8-inch Findlay is not only the team’s tallest player, but also arguably their most important. “Will is our defense,” Scott said. “Because of him we can press and if we give something up he’s there to block everything. He also rebounds everything. He’s just an all-around great player.” For Findlay’s part, he was grateful to his teammate. “It meant a lot to me that he felt that I deserved it,” Findlay said. “It was all him and I thought it was a nice gesture. I appreciated it.” Scott did indeed do it on his own, passing on the award to Findlay because he felt he deserved it, but he hopes his act of unselfishness has another impact on the team. “I hope it shows that we shouldn’t be playing for ourselves and instead playing for each other and the team,” Scott said. “Findlay added, “When a team captain does that, it shows his leadership and shows the importance of doing things together and not individually. I think that will rub off on the rest of the team.”