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Fight or Play Basketball: every shot counts Kindle Edition
High school senior Jack Scratch is the star player for the North Providence Cougars basketball team and is seemingly on the fast track to a scholarship from Providence College (PC), and perhaps a career in the NBA. Jack rides his bike every morning through the rough streets of North Providence, Rhode Island, USA until he reaches his destination- the PC outdoor basketball court. There he works tirelessly to perfect his already superb basketball skills. During one of those early mornings, Jack also attempts to romance Mindy Kim, a Women's Volleyball player who advises Jack about campus life as a "scholarship victim.”
Jack's journey takes a detour after his protective and strong single mother Janet Trap is saved from a mugger by two boxers; Karl "Sweet Sugar" Brown, a former heavyweight contender who now trains young fighters in his own gym, and Paveli "Punch" Pangora, a Slovenian slugger who has traveled many miles to be mentored by Sweet. After Janet befriends the two boxers, Jack decides to check out "Sweet's Sweat Box Gym" himself.
Jack discovers that he has a natural ability for "the sweet science of boxing" and he finds the sport's individual nature refreshing after years of carrying his basketball teammates. Jack endures a bit of hazing from the resident bully of the gym, "Bruiser" Bobby Studd, a silent but brutal kid about his age. Jack decides to enter a local boxing tournament to test his mettle. Things go sideways when an "old buck vs. young buck" rivalry between Sweet and Punch splits the gym, as both men envision themselves filling the role of trainer to Jack and, perhaps by association, as a romantic partner to Janet.
The bruised hands and sore wrists that come from sparring upset basketball Coach "Quick" Rick Steele and Jack’s teammates, especially after the Cougars are invited to participate in an annual Hall of Fame game that always attracts college scouts, and possibly job opportunities for Steele himself.
When the Cougars' big game is scheduled to take place on the very same day as the finals of the local boxing tournament, Jack must make his choice: to Fight or Play Basketball.
- ASIN : B09VL87KC2
- Publication date : March 14, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 2548 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 207 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B09V37ZJ78
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,749,823 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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‘Fight’ kept my interest throughout. Mr. Messier does a marvelous job of introducing and interweaving all the significant characters. I particularly liked Janet Scratch, Jack’s protective and very scrappy Mom. We are introduced to Karl ‘Sweet Sugar’ Brown, the owner of ‘Sweet’s Sweat Box Gym’. Brown is a former boxer who years earlier came oh so close to capturing boxing’s coveted world heavyweight championship. ‘Quick’ Rick Steele is Jack’s basketball coach at North Providence High. We also meet Paveli ‘Punch’ Pagora, an up and coming boxer who is quite smitten with Janet. These characters are superbly developed, with each playing an integral role in this great story.
This is a quick and fun read, which I truly believe everyone will enjoy.