Every time you stop the other team from scoring, you should look at that as a score for you team. Many players, especially young player focus on scoring more than they should. Always remember than defense is just as important as offense. And if you consider it as more important, then you’re doing yourself a favor because players struggle with this idea.
Focusing on the importance of defense can also greatly improve your leadership skills. Many of the best defensive players on middle school, high school, or college teams don’t get enough credit. As a leader on the court it is your responsibility to make sure these players know how important they are to the team. Give them a complement or a job well done. This will keep their motivation strong.
Similar to Ben Franklin’s saying “a penny saved is a penny earned”, “A defensive stop is an offensive score”.