Success is a sum of small failures.
That’s the quote coach Peter Benoite shared with members of the Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s varsity basketball team after failing to pick up a win in six pre-season games.
Corner Brook’s Chris Dobbin took the words to heart.
Dobbin admits the Sea-Hawks didn’t have a good showing in the pre-season, but with six losses he is going to look at it as a step towards success like his coach wants the team to do.
“Basically, you have to learn to lose before you can learn to win,” Dobbin said Monday from St. John’s.
No wins to show for their efforts, but that’s fine with Dobbin because he believes the team has learned what they have to do to be better on both offence and defence and have been working hard in practice to correct them.
Dobbin, a sophomore who saw limited playing time last season, was focused on earning a starting gig with the Sea-Hawks this season.
He put in a lot of training over the summer to prepare for the challenge and it appears coach Benoite has taken notice.
Dobbin played an average of 20 minutes in pre-season games, a big jump in the amount of floor time he got last season when he and Corner Brook’s Nathan Barker joined the team after decorated high school basketball careers.
“My coach told me I was going to have a bigger role this year. It’s exciting,” he said.
A chance to prove himself on a regular basis is all he wanted so he’s ready to earn his way.
The Sea-Hawks will open the season, on the road this weekend, with a two-game series against the Acadia Axemen.