Trust Your Name

  • CHAPTER 1

  • Stepping Down the Mountain

  • Bobby Byington

    There’s nothing better than playing for the district high school basketball championship.

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  • Of that I was convinced.

  • But I was wrong.

  • Winning your district championship basketball game, that would be better.

  • And we Panthers came so close, but close is never good enough.

  • Bobby Byington

    I still believe we could have won if Lloyd Blanton hadn’t been hurt.

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  • Lloyd’s ankle was badly sprained and he could barely walk.

  • He sat with his dad in the stands and watched our chances float away, with one bad pass after another.

  • With only a few minutes to go, I glanced at Lloyd in the stands.

  • He had his head buried in his hands, and what I saw next was worth the evening.

  • Yes, basketball is important— it saved my life.

  • Bobby Byington

    But if you have to choose between your favorite sport and family, the choice is easy.

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  • Lloyd’s dad looked to his son and saw his sadness.

  • He grabbed him around the shoulders and pulled him close.

  • I can’t read lips, but whatever he said showed a strong father-son bonding.

  • Something like,

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    Mr. Blanton

    “They’re missing you, son.”

  • Bobby Byington

    Lloyd gave his dad a smile and nodded,

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