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Boys Athlete of the Week: North Hall's Griffin Olson
Trojans senior averaged 21 points in two games last week
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Honor roll

Isaiah Williams, Buford: Led the team with 20 points in a loss to Westlake on Saturday.

A.J. Davis, Buford: Finished with 18 points against Westlake.

Kyle Doyle, Buford: Chipped in 15 points against Westlake.

Keelan Passmore, Chestatee: Finished with 22 points in Saturday’s win against Northview.

Justin Jones, Chestatee: Chipped in 19 points against Northview.

Montrell McKenzie, Johnson: Scored a game-high 20 points with 15 rebounds on Monday in a win against Providence Christian; had 14 points and 13 rebounds in a win against Cass on Tuesday.

Carter Cagle, Johnson: Scored 15 points against Providence Christian; had 16 points in a win against Cass.

Ty Cockfield, Johnson: Tallied 14 points against Providence Christian; finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Cass.

Drew Dunham, Johnson: Scored 12 points against Providence Christian.

Roderick English, Johnson: Scored 15 points against Cass.

Austin Montgomery, Lakeview Academy: Recorded 24 points against W.D. Muhammed on Tuesday.

Johnathan Gilreath, Lumpkin County: Chipped in 17 points in a win against Hiwassee Dam on Monday.

Austin Holman, Lumpkin County: Scored 17 against Hiwassee Dam; finished with 12 points in a win against Andrews, N.C. on Tuesday.

Jacob Haskell, Lumpkin County: Finished with 16 against Hiwassee Dam; scored 13 points in a win against Andrews, N.C.

Ebo Smith, North Hall: Finished with 19 points in a win against Cass on Monday.

Tyswon Cantrell, West Hall: Scored 20 in a win against Cambridge on Monday; scored 19 against East Jackson on Tuesday.

Grayson Tyler, West Hall: Chipped in 13 points against Cambridge.

Hunter Atkinson, West Hall: Scored a game-high 25 points against East Jackson.

Jordan Eggerton, White County: Had a team-high 17 points in a win against East Jackson on Monday.

Eddie Hurst, White County: Finished with 15 points against East Jackson.

Rand Rowland, White County: Scored 13 points against East Jackson.

North Hall boys basketball coach Benjie Wood was eager to find a No. 2 scorer to take some pressure off senior Ebo Smith this season. Through two games, it looks like senior shooting guard Griffin Olson might be that guy.

Olson scored 20 in a win against Providence Christian on Monday, followed by 21 on Tuesday in a win against Cass. For his efforts, Olson is The Times Boys Athlete of the Week.

“It felt great to have a pair of games like that,” Olson said. “It’s good to have my hard work paying off.”

Both games for Olson were a result of a fast start. Against Providence, he scored about 12 points in the first quarter; then against Cass, it was a layup, and a steal and layup on the other end early that snowballed into another quick start.

Olson said that he was shooting 3-pointers equally well each night, hitting about three in each game.

Wood said that in his time as a starter, Olson has become a well-rounded player. He understands the game plan and what the team expects from him. On top of that, Olson’s confidence has grown. North Hall’s coach says that Olson is much more valuable on the floor now than when he came into the program as a pure shooter.

“His confidence has really grown,” Wood said. “He really understands what’s happening on the floor now.”

Now with Olson getting off to a fast start, Wood knows it will be much more difficult for the opposition to simply key in on Smith (19 points, four rebounds per game last season). Olson says with the entire starting five back from last season, one of the only things they desire now is more depth from the younger players.

“I feel like we’ll definitely make it back to the playoffs this year,” said Olson, who averaged 10 points and four rebounds a game last season. “How far we go will depend on our execution and playing well in the tight games.”

Wood is not at all surprised that Olson has emerged as such a great complement to Smith. North Hall’s coach knows his development is a by-product of Olson’s work ethic. Olson is in the gym in the morning, then again during lunch and one final time again in the afternoon.

“Griffin’s a very competitive player,” Wood said.

It’s the kind of schedule that Olson kept during the fall and was able to keep as he transitioned into basketball season.

Olson, who is already signed to play baseball at Piedmont College, would also like to play basketball at the next level. While that opportunity is not on the table yet, Olson says that his coach is going to try to have Piedmont’s coach in house to watch him play in person.

“I’d love to play both sports in college,” Olson said. “If the chance is there, I’ll take it.”

North Hall plays host to Lanier tonight. The Trojans were the region runner-up last season in 8-AAA last season.
The Trojans host East Hall on Dec. 7 to open Region 7-AAA play.

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