Stories about past players who came through in the clutch can inspire current players and make a crucial point that abstract lecturing cannot.
Example (Based on an actual event)
“The On-Sets championship match was nearing its end. Four tables were finished, and our team led by four points over Central High. However, at the last table, Central’s player led and our player was in last place. We were resigned to a sudden death playoff since it appeared the team match would end in a tie. However, on the last shake, our player pulled into a tie for second place. So we lost the table by only 6-3 and won the championship by one point.”
Moral of the story: “Don’t give up. If you can’t win, finish second or tie for second. You never know when one or two extra points will make the difference in the match.”