Freshman Basketball Team Dribbles to the Top

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The CHS freshman basketball team at a game at Columbia High School.

Mallory Reid, Staff Writer

As Chamblee’s basketball season comes to a close, the freshman boys team look back at their season, proud of how it ended and excited for the future. The junior bulldogs placed second in the East Metro League Championships and won first place in the Atlanta DeKalb Showcase. 

Freshman Eli Richy (’25) describes his experience playing on the team. 

“It’s a culture and a family. We play basketball together, we have fun together, and we like to win. I had a great experience and it was just a really fun time overall, we played pretty well too. [I] don’t know our exact stats, but we won a lot of games, definitely more than we lost. We got second place in the region,” said Richy. 

The team went all the way to the championships, but unfortunately lost against Arabia Mountain High School, placing them second in metro Atlanta.

“We ended up going to some high school and playing a metro team, and then we ended up playing Southwest DeKalb High School and we ended up playing Arabian Mountain. The only team we lost to was Arabian Mountain,” said Cequel Knolton (‘25).

Knolton also shares his take on the season.

“[The freshman basketball team] is [usually] just a developmental team for Chamblee, but this year, we had actually a lot of really good players that played a lot of freshmen and JV. So we went pretty far in the season,” said Knolton.

Most players have high expectations for themselves for the future, hoping to improve and win a state championship .

“I mean, I think over the season, I improved a lot. I did pretty good, but I think next year, I’ll be better. I want to get more aggressive and try to score more points,” said Andrew Wiles (‘25).

Ari Meyer (’25) has similar goals.

“[Next year], I want to make varsity and then win a state championship,” said Meyer.

Along with improving each year, the players’ main goal is to continue pursuing basketball even after high school.

“[I want to] win a state championship that puts Chamblee on the map. I’ll go wherever basketball takes me, and I want to definitely play college [basket]ball and see where that takes me,” said Jonathan Sin (‘25).