The Basketball Match
While Xiao Tu was listening to the lecture that day, she felt someone poke her arm. She turned around and saw that it was Yin Zihan.
‘Strange, why was he poking her arm instead of listening to the lecture?’
After a closer look, she realized that he seemed to be holding something in his hand as if he wanted to give it to her.
Xiao Tu took it and opened it.
Heh! It was a piece of paper with the word Xiao Tu written on it.
‘Would you like to watch the basketball match this afternoon?’
Xiao Tu thought, ‘Why did Yin Zihan write her a note asking if she would go to the basketball match?’
However, she didn’t think too much about it. She nodded at him and turned around to listen to the lecture. On the other hand, when Yin Zihan saw her nod, it was as if he had won the lottery. His eyes behind his glasses were beaming.
There was naturally a reason why Yin Zihan was so happy.
Ever since Ling Chao announced his ownership of Xiao Tu at the classroom door, he had finally aroused Yin Zihan’s fighting spirit, and he vowed to take her away.
However, Young Master Yin had grown up in a wealthy family. He couldn’t confess to her in person, so he had no choice but to criticize her.
Fortunately, he had been beating around the bush for a long time and had realized that Xiao Tu didn’t seem to acknowledge Ling Chao’s relationship with her. Yin Zihan was overjoyed and decided to find an opportunity to show off in front of Xiao Tu and leave a good impression on her.
Yin Zihan’s chance soon arrived. On Friday afternoon, the school’s basketball team was scheduled to play against another school, and all of the main players, including him and Ling Chao, were there.
When it came to playing basketball, Yin Zihan wasn’t bragging. He played well. First, he was tall and had a strong jumping ability. He had good physical condition. Secondly, since he liked basketball, he had hired a coach to teach him since he was young, so his skills were even better.
Young Master Yin was confident that, under these circumstances, his performance in this match would easily surpass Ling Chao’s. His abilities would completely overwhelm the entire stadium, and Xiao Tu’s heart would undoubtedly fall for him.
At the thought of this, Yin Zihan couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Unfortunately, due to his loud laughter, the entire class stopped and stared at him blankly, seeing that he almost didn’t find a hole to drill down.
This matter was then neatly summarized by Jia Siwen. He said, “People with good results are generally under a lot of pressure. It’s easy to be abnormal if the pressure is high. It’s not easy for Yin Zihan!”
Yin Zihan: T____T
The game was held that afternoon. Because there was only one class that day, many students rushed to the stadium to join in the fun. Naturally, the four of them were no exception.
When they arrived at the stadium, they found that the two commentators had already begun speaking. It turned out that this match was the annual friendly basketball match between A and Z, another key middle school nearby. Because A and Z were both key middle schools, they were always competitive. They wouldn’t pass up an opportunity like the basketball game. So Middle Z even brought its support team, so it was highly supported that he was playing in the stadium.
Jiang Juanjuan was an expert at snatching seats. Coupled with the fact that there was a well-known martial arts expert, Ouyang Mei, beside her, the four of them quickly occupied a good row in the stands.
Jiang Juanjuan appeared to be particularly excited. She started to introduce herself like a yellow sparrow. What Z-school strikers were very powerful? They were nicknamed “Immortal Dao” and so on.
But when that brother ran out to take a look, Xiao Tu almost spat out.
This hairstyle, created with a few bottles of hairspray, was indeed comparable to the one in the comics!
After a while, the main members of the A school basketball team also came out. Before Xiao Tu could see the person clearly, Jiang Juanjuan held her hand and said, “Xiao Tu, your husband is out!”
Xiao Tu almost spilled blood on the stands.
Juanzi, stop shocking people with your words. T____T
This time, the A school basketball team wore a new white uniform. Xiao Tu recognized this uniform. She’d just washed it for Ling Chao the day before. She couldn’t help but feel sad when she thought about it. She didn’t know how long she had to wash it for Ling Chao.
Just as she was feeling extremely miserable, Ling Chao’s gaze turned towards her and he nodded at her.
For some reason, Xiao Tu suddenly felt a little lost. She did not respond to him. She hesitated again and again, and in the end, under Jiang Juanjuan’s ambiguous gaze, She waved her hand at him.
Ling Chao didn’t have much of a reaction to her wave. Yin Zihan, who was standing in front of Ling Chao, on the other hand, made a mistake. He thought that Xiao Tu was greeting him. Instantly, all the blood in his body boiled and he raised his hand to wave at Xiao Tu.
Ling Chao snorted behind him and turned to leave.
Seeing him turn around and walk away, Xiao Tu felt a little upset. Why did he not react when I waved to him?
As a result, she looked away gloomily.
Yin Zihan, who was trapped between them and desperately waved his hand, was ignored because Xiao Tu’s attention wasn’t that wide.
The competition quickly began. Ling Chao didn’t appear in the starting lineup.
This made Yin Zihan, who was in the starting lineup, very happy. He performed exceptionally well the moment he entered the field. Not only did he intercept the opponent several times, he even scored the first goal for the entire team.
A’s backup team immediately erupted.
He Tian said, “I didn’t expect Yin Zihan to be quite handsome.”
“That’s right, he doesn’t look like a top student who only knows how to read books.” Jiang Juanjuan stood by the side.
“I think he’s quite suitable for practicing martial arts.” Ouyang Mei was lost in thought.
Xiao Tu didn’t participate in these conversations because her eyes were fixed on Ling Chao sitting in the waiting area.
Strange, didn’t he ask her to watch him last time? Why didn’t he go on stage? Could it be that he was injured? These countless questions lingered in her mind. As a result, she didn’t pay much attention to the first two matches played by poor Young Master Yin.
It wasn’t until the third quarter of the game that Yin Zihan’s strength was almost used up that the manager suddenly said that he wanted to change the lineup.
Ling Chao finally went on stage.
From the cheers of the backup team, it was obvious how popular he was. As expected, as soon as he played, Ling Chao made a beautiful pass. Throwing off the opponent’s “fake immortal way”, made a relaxed jump shot and scored.
Xiao Tu saw the series of movements. For some reason, she had a special feeling.
After that, Ling Chao became the focus of the audience. He scored points repeatedly, and the cheers of the A-China backup team rose and fell.
At this moment, Yin Zihan, who had been so pleased with himself just now, became depressed. He had fought to the death in the first half, and his strength was almost exhausted. However, the audience’s enthusiasm for him had waned by the second half. How could he put up with this? If Young Master Yin had known that not only did the audience forget about him but that even Xiao Tu did not pay much attention to his shocking performance in the first half, he would probably have killed himself on the basketball court.
Even though the A-team was scoring points under Ling Chao’s leadership, the Z-team wasn’t far behind. That Stock Immortal Daolord had used two bottles of hair gel to fix his hair. He couldn’t let down these two bottles of hair gel. As a result, Team Z began to gain momentum in the fourth quarter. Towards the end, the two teams’ scores were even.
With such a reversal, the A-team players couldn’t help but feel a little depressed. Some of them also showed signs of fatigue. The most tired one was Yin Zihan.
First, he had exhausted his stamina by showing off before the entire arena. Second, he wanted to perform well in front of Xiao Tu at first, so he didn’t allocate his strength properly, resulting in a series of mistakes.
At that moment, the coach requested that he rest.
Only then did Yin Zihan begin to catch his breath. Unfortunately, even before he could take a
breath, Ling Chao suddenly approached him.
“If you can’t hold on, let the coach replace you.”
Hearing his cold tone, Yin Zihan was enraged. “Who said I can’t? Don’t underestimate me!”
“You’ve already had the other side snatch the ball three times.”
Yin Zihan’s face turned red as he said angrily,” Ling Chao, don’t go too far! Do you think you’re amazing?” After all, he was a young man, full of vigor. He almost wanted to wave his fist.
Before he could swing his fist, Ling Chao nimbly dodged. “I hope you won’t drag the entire team down later.”
After he said that, he left.
Yin Zihan was left behind. He clenched his fist, perplexed.
The whistle that continued the match sounded very quickly. In the last few minutes, the points of both sides were equal. At the last crucial moment, Ling Chao suddenly cut off the opponent’s dribble.
At that moment, everyone in the stands, including Xiao Tu, held their breath.
He turned around quickly and shook off his opponent’s guard before raising his hand to throw the ball.
At this moment, a shadow enveloped him. ‘Shanzhai Immortal Daolord’ used his height advantage to block him.
It wasn’t like he couldn’t score even if he insisted on throwing the ball. However, Ling Chao didn’t fight head-on. With a swing of his hand, he passed the ball to Yin Zihan.
Although Yin Zihan was shocked, this was a critical moment. He jumped up without thinking much about it.
“We won!” The stands were filled with cheers, and the audience was boiling. Yin Zihan stood there in disbelief. The last ball was scored by him, it was him! At this time, his teammates also surrounded him.
Amidst the celebrations, Ling Chao turned and left.
Seeing Ling Chao leave the stadium, Xiao Tu didn’t follow the crowd to celebrate. Instead, she followed him out of the stadium.
She stopped him on the way out of the basketball court.
“Are you alright?” Xiao Tu looked at Ling Chao worriedly. For some reason, she felt an indescribable emptiness when she saw him turn around and leave.
“It’s nothing.” Ling Chao looked calm.
“You just… Why didn’t you just throw the ball?” Xiao Tu didn’t understand. With Ling Chao’s skill, it was very likely that the ball would enter the basket.
“70%.” Ling Chao suddenly said.
“What?” Xiao Tu was a little stunned.
“The probability of me scoring was about 70%.”
“And then?” Xiao Tu looked at him in confusion.” Is there a 100% chance that you’ll score after passing it to Zihan?”
“It’s almost the same.”
“Then why did you pass the ball to him?”
“Since the chances of scoring a goal are the same, why should I bear the 30% risk of losing?” That’s right. Since there was a risk of failure, it was better to let Yin Zihan bear the risk.
Xiao Tu suddenly came to a realization. At the same time, she cursed herself in her heart. What are you worried about? No matter what, he would never let himself suffer.
Who told him to be Ling Chao?