Victor Rivera

by Stars and Stripes

Winning might not be everything, as the cliché goes. But it’s definitely something.

In a 38-21 win Nov. 21 over Osan, the Daegu girls basketball team snapped a 30-game losing streak, dating back to the start of the 2015-16 season. The Warriors followed with a 58-53 loss Saturday to Seoul American before edging Taejon Christian 32-29 on Wednesday.

Before this season, the Warriors’ last win was the ninth-place game of the 2015 Far East Division II Tournament, 50-30, over E.J. King.

The Warriors’ new coach, Victor Rivera, stepped off the plane in Daegu just four days before the Osan win after transferring from Puerto Rico, his home, which had been devastated by Hurricane Maria in September – forcing him to leave.

“The girls were crying in our meeting room after the game. They couldn’t believe they won,” Rivera recalled. “I was so happy for them. I am so thankful to be blessed with such a wonderful group of young ladies.”

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