Fast-paced offense keeps Atoms undefeated


Senior Dontae Johnson goes up for a lay-up against Madison Ridgeland Academy.

Jude Nanaw, Sports Editor

As the Spartan offense cut into the Atoms’ lead late in the fourth quarter, the teams defense made a stand and denied Broad Run any more points to claim victory 98-86.

The victory put the boys at a record of 4-0 as the team has yet to lose this season.

Prior to the match-up the team had won by blowout margins in two of their three victories, defeating the Jeb Stuart Raiders by a score of 76-37 and cruising to victory against against the Falls Church Jaguars 90-55. The Atoms also slid by the Fairfax Rebels in their season opener, 47-44 in a nail-biter.

The boys came out of the starting gates strong once again against the Spartans, taking a 25-17  lead by the end of the first quarter with sophomore Junior Lotongo having 11 first quarter points. The team would continue an offensive assault during the second quarter, expanding their lead to a commanding 57-39.

With just a minute remaining in the half, McKiver delivered what was the most memorable play of the night with an ankle-breaking crossover move on Anthony Cooper of Broad Run followed by a three point shot.

The Atoms refused to let up in the the second half and maintained a 78-60 lead going into the final quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Spartans made an effort to cut into the Atoms’ lead but their efforts would stall with the Atoms’ defense stepping up to lock up the victory.

The Atoms defeated the Spartans with a final score of 98-86 and picked up the fourth consecutive win of the year.

“The season is going exactly how we want it to so far,” McKiver said.  The team’s 4-0 start this season is one of the best starts to a season there has been under the current coaching.

“As a team we are feeling great about the season, we are off to a 4-0 start which ties the best start under Coach Behne,” senior Jordan Adams said.

The team looks to keep the win streak alive in coming games and avoid losing.

“We want to keep our loss total at zero for as long as possible and to do that we need to be working as hard as we can in practice,” Adams said.

Despite the undefeated start, the team recognizes areas for improvement for upcoming games.

“To keep winning, we need to have fewer turnovers and focus on finishing our shots and making our layups,” McKiver said.

“As a team we need to improve our defense, letting a team score 80 plus is not good enough,” Adams said.

The Atoms are set to go on the road and take on the Marshall Statesmen next on Dec. 15.