The other options you may have considered, were you to go to the ground with the Noah 9 is to pitch it low low low. I tried to find a picture, but this was the best I could come up with:
See how the back end is up? Try staking this down to the ground and have this pointing into the wind. If you don't have a pole to keep the end up, you could always tie this out to a tree (obviously you had at least two).
I assume you ended in another scout's tent, which is fine, but just remember to keep an open mind to trying new things. You did what you had to do, and that is not always an easy choice for your pride. You did just fine.