Brazil. The fast-paced basketball shooting drill designed to help the Ketchikan High School Kings zip off as many 3-point shots as possible, at game-speed, within a five-minute span.

Player A passes the ball from the baseline, to Player B, at the top of the key.

Player B flips the ball to Player C, at the wing — on either the left or right side — and Player C eyes the shot from behind the arc, as teammates zig zag between lines taking turns at each point.

A basket is one tally — the goal is 50 in the five minutes, and when the goal isn’t met, the Kings run.

The Kings have been doing a lot of running these days.

“On Monday, we shot 32,” Kayhi head coach Eric Stockhausen said after Tuesday’s practice. “That’s probably the best we could’ve done. We haven’t shot in a long time; we’re out of shape, (and) we’re still missing a couple of our shooters. So (I was) totally not upset with it. I understood that’s part of where we’re at.

“And today we had another good practice, mentally — and physically it was much, much better,” he continued during a phone interview with the Daily News on Tuesday night. “All things considered, our kids are fighting adversity; they’re exceeding expectations, and the expectations are always set high.”

Kayhi certainly has been facing adversity in the early-going of a season amid the era of the novel coronavirus. After hosting the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic, the Kings rested for a few days before jumping into a new week — and a new year — with practice on Monday.

“We took three days off and we came back (Monday), and our bodies looked like we took two weeks off,” Stockhausen said.

Sometimes that happens over the holidays.

“We were in worse physical shape than we were at the start of the season — or so it looked, based on our expectations,” he continued. “But mentally, the kids were fantastic. They were absolutely trying to do the right thing.”

And that’s the stuff a coach can’t teach — the intangibles necessary to succeed on the basketball court.

And this season’s squad is chalk full of Kings with that all-in attitude.

“I’m 51 years old, and I’m using the word giddy,” Stockhausen said. “But I’m giddy about the direction our kids are propelling themselves from a competitive standpoint.

“It may not mean wins this weekend or next weekend up in Anchorage,” he continued. “But you can see the wheels turning. You can see the competitive juices flowing. You can see if we continue on this path, we will maximize who we are, and that’s all you want to do as a coach. And I feel like our kids are giving themselves a chance to do that.”

At 4-3, the Kings are staying afloat. After opening the season with a five-point loss against Colony High School in Anchorage on Dec. 16, 71-66, the Kings rattled off a pair of victories against Bartlett and Wasilla high schools, by nearly identical scores — 73-48 and 71-48, respectively.

“(We) we’re shooting the ball well; playing really well,” Stockhausen said.

But since then, Kayhi has struggled to get the same group together on the basketball court at the same time, going 2-2 in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic. However any unwanted results during the tournament are easy to shake off when there is more than what meets the eye.

A win-loss record in the affirmative is nice and all, but the internal drive within this group of Kings is stronger than any opinion in the stands.

“That’s the difference between everyone and coaches,” Stockhausen said. “Everyone bases their concept on outcomes, where (coaches) base our viewpoint on process.

“So if we have a bad week of shooting it’s, ‘Oh, you guys are terrible,’” he continued. “Except if we are doing all the right things, eventually the results will come.”

The Kings’ state championship team in 2018-19 had a sub-.500 stretch in January 2018, and flipped the script, eventually winning a state title.

“All of those games made us competitive at the end because we didn’t get (too) high or low based on a win or loss, or make or missed (shot),” Stockhausen said. “We knew it was the right thing, and just kept doing the right thing.”

And a pair of losses in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic doesn’t faze this group of Kings either.

“On the outside, looking in, they are two losses,” Stockhausen said. “But from our standpoint, our competitive level was good against good teams. The execution, which is why you practice every day, was obviously lacking. We got killed on the boards. We shot 30% — which up in Wasilla, we were shooting 40% from three, over 50% from two — and now all of a sudden we’re at 30%. That has a lot to do with practice. … What I loved was our effort. The results weren’t there.”

But if the Kings stay steady, the results will come.

“If you’re doing the right thing over time it’s going to pay off, and that’s what we’re focused on,” Stockhausen said. “Just trying to get a little bit better every day.”

A test against TMHS

The Kings host the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons this weekend at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium, with varsity action beginning at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. The two teams will square off again at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“I think it’s a great test,” Stockhausen said. “I’m confident our kids are going to compete. And regardless of what it looks like on paper, sometimes you actually have to make baskets and play well, and if we do what’s expected, we’ll be OK.

“Again, it’s process over results,” he continued. “But there is a scoreboard and referees, and results matter too.”

Thunder Mountain enters the First City with a competitive squad whose offense centers around Thomas Baxter. Baxter has the ability to score more than 20 points any game, and did so against Kayhi a couple times last season.

“(He is) the best player in the league, arguably,” Stockhausen said. “He scored 25-plus on us twice last year. He’s a 6’2”, 6’3” athlete (who) shoots it, (and is a) physical specimen.”

That said, the Kings are looking forward to the matchup.

“It’s a conference game, so a lot of the on-paper stuff goes out the window because it’s one of the eight games that matter for region seeding,” Stockhausen said. “If we go out and don’t show up, it’s going to hurt us in March, and that’s not OK. So these are big games.”

JV and C squads

The Thunder Mountain and Kayhi C teams will jump start the action at 4 p.m. on Friday. The JV squads will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s action starts at 10:30 a.m., with the C teams going head-to-head, and the JV teams will lock up at 12 p.m.