Bittl Named PV Invitational MVP
lead.er.ship n 1: exerting influence 2: motivating and inspiring 3: selflessness and the ability to make a difference.
All definitions for Mountain Ridge's senior guard JD Bittl, this years Most Valuable Player of the Paradise Valley Invitational. You could have entered the gym at 5:30 pm for the start of the second half of Saturday's championship game against Deer Valley to see why. Bittl's Mountain Ridge Lions began the game more like lambs falling behind the Skyhawks 17-2 to begin the second period. It wasn't much better going into the locker room at the half with a 27-17 deficit. MR could have easily succumbed to the heavily favored and more talented Deer Valley Skyhawks, but.....
Enter the second half! A new half and a new Mountain Ridge team. It was then when Mountain Ridge finally transplanted the heart of their beloved mascot. Led by Bittl, the team showed their quickness, stepping up their defense, ball control, and shot selection, closing the deficit at the end of the third to five. Those that were in attendance were treated to a final eight minute display of heart, hustle, and guts. This could not have been more evident than in the play of Bittl. His excellent ball handling, passing, and clutch shooting lead his team back from what looked like a sure blowout. Standing at only 5'10" he appeared to be a boy among men. But remember, looks can be deceiving. This 5'10" senior guard played more like a power forward scoring inside against players almost a foot taller. There was absolutely no fear in this kid and his team rallied behind him. It was this no fear spirit that brought the Lions from a 15 point disadvantage to a 4 point victory. (41-37) If you could have seen the celebration. It looked as if they had won the state championship. Bittl finished with 15 points, most in the second half making him the top scorer for the contest. But it was his play that inspired!
What can this writer say, "It was if I had just witnessed David slay Goliath."