The 2017-18 Maine-Endwell boy's basketball team had almost no experience when it came to the postseason.
Only one player on the team had ever been there before, and he's my Athlete of the Week.
"So happy for him. The kid's so deserving of having that game, in today's environment. If you have a son, you want him to grow up just like him. And I could not be more proud of how he played," says Maine-Endwell Head Coach Bill Ocker.
Those were the words that Maine-Endwell boy's basketball coach Bill Ocker said on Saturday to describe how he felt about the performance he just saw from Tyree Brodley.
In the Class A section championship, a 77-69 win over Johnson City for the programs first section title since 2013, Brodley dropped 18 points, including going 4-of-7 from deep.
Tyree says that winning feeling was unlike anything he's ever experienced.
"It was a once-in-a-lifetime feeling. I felt like we came out there as a whole team. We've been working so hard, from over the summer. I feel like we became a family. And that moment really felt good for all of us," said Brodley.
Brodley, a senior, is the only Spartan having been on the team for four years.
With the team having failed to qualify for sectionals the last two, Tyree was also the only M-E player to have ever played in a sectional tournament game.
Now, he and this Maine-Endwell team will share a new first together, a state tournament game.
However, all the joy that Tyree is feeling now wasn't there a few months ago.
Brodley was also a wide receiver for the Spartans football team.
Midway through their season, he went down with a broken ankle, and his basketball season status was in jeopardy.
"I knew I had to work really hard to get back to where I was before. So, I managed to try to push myself to my maximum limits, and get back to playing."
Brodley eventually worked his way back onto the court, and coach Ocker couldn't have been happier.
Describing him as clutch in big situations and an intelligent kid, Ocker had some high praise for him off the court as well.
"He's the best kid you can find. Very, very fortunate to have been around him. His family itself is just unbelievable. He's got an older brother that played for me a few years ago. younger sister's in the same mold. Just comes from great stock, and does everything you'd want a high school student-athlete to do."
Tyree's family played a huge role in his recovery, and throughout his entire life.
"They've had a great impact. They've been there for me, helped me when I've been at my lowest moments. I can't thank them enough for everything."
The great job his parents, Kara and Terrence, did in raising Tyree has led to an incredibly gifted young man.
From the highs of a sectional championship win and beyond, to the lows of a devastating injury, Tyree has taken something away from it that applies to both athletics, and real life.
"It's kind of a wake up call that anything can happen. It can be taken from you at any given moment. So, you've got to leave everything you can on the court, or the field."
As far as after graduation, Tyree said he's not 100% sure where he wants to go to college, but has hopes of playing football wherever he ends up.
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