Hoops, They Did it Again: Dubs Men’s Basketball Superlatives

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Senior Charlie Hamilton and Junior K’hamani Olivacce prove to be powerful forces for the Dubs basketball team.

It’s been an amazing season so far for the North Atlanta basketball team, who have started the year off with a superb 13 and 2 record, and are currently riding an eight game winning streak at the time of this publication. These wins have included an emphatic 38 point drubbing of Heritage where they held the Hawks to just 26 points, and a gutsy one-point victory over Langston Hughes. The Dubs have blown by everyone’s expectations, and have had fun doing it. Here is a look at some of the team’s most memorable moments so far on the season, superlative style.

Most Clutch Shot: The aforementioned 66 to 65 victory over Langston Hughes has been a signature win for the ‘20-’21 Dubs campaign, and you may or may not see it appear multiple times on this list. The Warriors mounted a furious comeback (more on that later) against the Panthers, capped off by this pick for the most clutch shot of their season thus far. Trailing by one with the ball, Dubs junior point guard K’hamani Olivacce blew by his defender and nailed a short jumper to put the Warriors up by one with less than a second remaining. It gave North Atlanta a huge win and one of the years’ best moments. 

Best Dunk: Another moment from the Langston Hughes game, the Warriors’ most electrifying dunk of the year came when, on a fast break, senior forward Kaleb Johnson got the ball off a bounce pass from senior Montavious Myrick and dunked all over a Langston Hughes defender. Upon witnessing this live baptism, the Warriors bench erupted and this play gave them plenty of momentum as well as a nice highlight during the win over the Panthers.

Best Defense: Every basketball team needs a guy that they can trust to guard the other team’s go-to scorer. North Atlanta senior wing Tyson Motton is that and more for the Warriors. He is the team’s best one-on-one defender and has come up big this season for North Atlanta with his defensive ability. The Warriors’ premier two-way threat can score and lock people up, and Motton consistently makes big plays on both ends.

Best Comeback: Ok, I know we just talked about Olivacce’s shot to beat Langston Hughes. But that shot doesn’t tell the whole story of the Warriors’ improbable comeback victory so I added this category. The Warriors trailed by seven with less than three minutes to play. However, they weren’t quite done yet. Junior Cam Ratcliff helped the Dubs made some big stops on defense, and Tyson Motton caught absolute fire on the other end, dropping in a bucket and hitting back to back threes to give the Dubs the lead, and after a go-ahead basket by the Panthers, Olivacce delivered the game-winner we discussed earlier.