Atoms basketball victorious on senior night

Jamileh Hamadeh, Staff Writer

The boys varsity basketball team has had a great season so far. Now, they are preparing for the postseason. The team has a current record of 13-9.
Recently, the boys had their senior night where they honored the seniors on the team and the managers. The final score of the home game against West Potomac game was 71-60.

“We all played really well during the senior night,” junior Junior Lotongo said. “It was a great team win and a big win against West Po.”

“At the end of the senior night game we let the other team fight back a little, but, for the most part, we played really good and had control of the ball,” junior Abbey Yared said.

Boys varsity basketball Coach Gilreath believes the team can improve on valuing the basketball every possession.

“I’m most proud of the way the boys are coming together at the right time. We have some swag now,” Gilreath said.
During the senior night game, the team played together as a team and they played with a ton of energy and emotion.

“They just really wanted to have a memorable senior night. The underclassmen wanted to see the seniors have a successful senior night,“ Gilreath said.
Even though Gilreath was impressed with the way his team played, there is, of course, always room for improvement. “Cutting down the careless turnovers is something I want to see. Those things can catch up with you in the postseason,” Gilreath said.

Since the postseason is coming up, the team is looking forward to seeing more wins like the one against West Potomac.

“The team is preparing for the postseason by remaining focused on our goal at the beginning of the season, which is to be district champs. We cannot be satisfied with what we’ve done so far,” Gilreath said.

The players have been preparing for this time of the year since November, they hoped for all their hard work to pay off.

“We are ready for the postseason because we have a lot of momentum carrying us into these next few games,” Yared said. “ We are currently on a five-game win streak, and we are not looking to break it anytime soon.”

The players are well aware of their room for improvement and pitch in to make their next game a win.

“Some things that we could improve on as a team is rebounding and playing on the offensive side of the court,” Yared said.

“The team needs to improve on communicating on the court and getting 50/50 balls,” Lotongo said.

Despite the abundance of things that the team could improve on, the boys have clear strengths in most areas.

“We are really good at playing like a team and we are really good at playing defense,” Lotongo said.

Each player recognizes what the team is doing right because they have to look at the positive in order to have the attitude to improve on their weaknesses.

After a successful senior night, the boys varsity basketball team is looking forward to having a really successful postseason and many more wins.