It says a lot about the players on the Portables that even after being flatly told that they won't ever move up to Varsity level as long as Daimon is in charge, they still practice hard, attend the games of the Varsity players and work hard at everything about the game. There's a dogged determination about them to overcome everything but also to do what they feel is right, even as Daimon's team racks up some victories and continues to gain publicity. Amusingly, they do mots of their training out of the sight of Daimon and the varsity players, so they're wholly unaware of what's going on, figuring that the Portables have simply given up and gone home.
Even more amusing is when Aoba is questioned about it and she tells the varsity players that the Portables are off on secret training, even though she's just making it up so as to make herself feel better about it. When she discovers from Ko's parents that they actually are doing special training, she takes advantage of a situation to bring him a bag that he forgot so she can see exactly what's going on up and there and whether they really are training or not. Aoba's interest in Ko continues to grow, though she denies it readily enough, even though it's becoming more and more obvious to those that know her and have known her for many years.
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