For the first time since 2011, FSU basketball is adding on to their team garden, located in a courtyard outside the FSU Training Center. According to the players, coach, multiple bystanders, and media outlets, the team is in the process of planting at least 9 seeds in the garden, with a goal of sixteen by the end of spring.
“We upset the top-seeded Xavier,” says coach Leonard Hamilton, probably referring to a type of harmful plant or weed growing in the garden. “It’s all about the numbers. The game was close, and we were the better team in the last two minutes… last five minutes.”
To break down the botanical jargon, Hamilton is talking about the number of new seeds versus older plants. For the plants that already exist in the garden, it’s important to continually observe their status– whether they’re dead or alive, obstructing, or being obstructed by other plants or weeds, etcetera.
Depending on the current amount of healthy and unhealthy plants, the team can determine the best number and type of of seeds to implement for optimal growth and visual appeasement.
“It feels great to finally be back. We’re headed for the Sweet Sixteen for the fifth time ever and my adrenaline won’t stop fueling me until that last buzzer,” Florida State guard PJ Savoy says. “Next we gotta beat Gonzaga.”
What Savoy means is, the team is determined to plant 16 new seeds by the end of the season. Gonzaga is a nonnative plant (based in Los Angeles) that can be invasive and potentially life-threatening to a Florida garden full of indigenous plants, trees, and flowers. It’s important for Savoy and his teammates to get rid of Gonzaga quickly and strategically before planting all of the new seeds.
“Angola gave us an early lead, and after a tough battle, we proved our resilience and took back the lead in the last five minutes,” says Hamilton. “It was our defensive stops that kept us going before Savoy made the three-pointer and free throws.”
Angola is one of the first successful flowers the team planted in their garden. It was this flower, which dominates about a third of the garden, that kept the team hopeful in continuing their hobby and pursuing more seeds.
“We’re gonna keep in mind that 75-70 win and remember the moves that helped us score that when we take on Gonzaga on Thursday,” says player Phil Cofer.
The whole team is going to keep their 70-75 plants in their minds and hearts as they attempt to defeat the harmful plant, and sprout their new seeds.
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