The Hamilton Heights Boys Basketball program has been lighting up the courts in the first half of the 2023-2024 season, showcasing an impressive 14-2 record and a team effort that has fans and opponents alike taking notice. Despite facing early setbacks, the Hawks, under the leadership of Coach Stephen Cook, have rallied and grown stronger, building a culture centered around teamwork and making the most of every moment.
The journey for the Hawks this season has not been without challenges. Losing the very first game of the season to TSF and enduring a heartbreaking one-point overtime defeat to rival Christian Heritage School could have derailed their momentum. However, the team rallied, learning valuable lessons from these experiences and emerging stronger. Coach Cook’s motto, “Anything Lost can be found again, except time wasted,” reflects the team’s resilience and determination to make every moment count.
The Hawks have seen standout performances from several key players, contributing to the team’s success:
- Bryson Andrews: The sharpshooter not only helped the team achieve a remarkable 14-2 record but also broke the school record for the most made 3-pointers in a career. Andrews has sunk 251 threes in his career as a Hawk, shooting at an impressive 39% from beyond the arc this season.
- Viktor Mikic: Making history with a single-game record of 23 rebounds against TSF, Mikic leads the Hawks in rebounds, averaging 10.9 per game. His dominance on the boards has been a crucial factor in the team’s success.
- Kevin de Kovachich: Leading the team in scoring with an average of 16 points per game, de Kovachich is not only a scoring threat but also contributes with 5 assists and 3 steals per game, showcasing his versatility on the court.
- Habeeb Yusuf: A defensive force, Yusuf leads the Hawks with an impressive 50 blocks on the season, averaging 5.6 blocks per game over the last 8 games.
- Vito Perkovic: The 6’10” forward has been a key contributor, averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds per game while showcasing his shooting prowess with a 37% accuracy from beyond the arc.
- Kamai Samuels: The sophomore guard has been an all-around player, averaging 15 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals per game, demonstrating his impact on both ends of the court.
The Hawks are on an impressive 6-game win streak, outscoring opponents by an average of 83-65. As they head into the second half of the season, their sights are set on maintaining the momentum. With upcoming events like the FriendshipCars.com Virginia Invitational and the Dr. Pepper Classic, the team has opportunities to further solidify their dominance on the court.
The first half of the 2023-2024 season for the Hamilton Heights Hawks has been a rollercoaster of challenges and triumphs. With a resilient spirit, exceptional individual performances, and a strong team ethos, the Hawks are not just winning games; they are making a statement in high school basketball. As they continue their journey, fans can expect more thrilling moments and impressive victories from this dynamic and determined team.