My Top Five Sport Moments Of 2015
- Shaniqua Benjamin
It was another exciting year in American sports, with plenty of titles to be won Shaniqua looks back at her favourite moments from 2015
1. Georgia State’s Cinderella Story
If you’re familiar with American college basketball you will know all about March Madness. This year, I was gripped by the upsets, buzzer-beaters and emerging heroes that made it a tournament to remember.
For me, one of the standout moments was Georgia State’s ‘Cinderella Story.’ The 14th-seeded Panthers knocked out the third-seeded Baylor Bears with a dagger three-pointer by R.J. Hunter. What made this moment so special was the reaction of Ron Hunter, R.J’s father and coach.
Ron tore his Achilles tendon less than a week before, celebrating his team’s conference tournament win. He fell off his wheely-stool in excitement after his son’s game-winning play, to everyone’s surprise and amusement.
2.Tyus Jones’ National Championship Performance
March Madness had the perfect ending, with my team Duke Blue Devils taking the win in an exciting National Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers. The Freshman, Tyus Jones,’ performance had a big part to play in the win, after getting his team back in the game when they met trouble.
Tyus made tough shots at the right time, and who can forget his face when he showed some rare emotion, after making another three-pointer.
3. UConn Wins Number 10
The UConn women are my favourite basketball team of all time, so you can only imagine my joy when I watched them win their third straight title! It was a repeat of last year’s National Championship game, with the Huskies playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, however this game was very messy.
Nevertheless, it was a special moment because history was made. Geno Auriemma is one of sport’s best ever coaches and winning his tenth title at UConn solidified his place in sporting history. His teams have never lost in a championship game and winning his tenth title, meant that he’s now tied with one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time, U.C.L.A’s John Wooden.
4. Maya Moore’s Buzzer-Beater
Maya Moore’s game winning three-pointer in the WNBA Finals had to receive recognition. Moore is my favourite basketball player and her historic shot helped the Minnesota Lynx become champions, against the Indiana Fever. It was great to see another one of my favourite teams winning a title (the LA Lakers didn’t even make the NBA playoffs).
Moore proved why she is one of the greatest players of all time adding to her legendary status in the process.
5. Kobe Bryant’s Retirement
On the last Sunday of November, Kobe Bryant shared a poem announcing his retirement to the world. The internet went into meltdown and the sports world was shocked, when they learned that one of the NBA all-time greats (and one of my favourite basketball players) was retiring at the end of his 20th season.
Kobe dedicated himself to basketball; earning five NBA titles, an NBA MVP award, 17 NBA All-Star appearances and two Olympic gold medals. However, this dedication has taken its toll and Kobe’s body is breaking down on him. My heart is broken, but now is the time for Kobe to bow out of the NBA.
Lets hope 2016 can live up to these great sporting moments!