Men’s Varsity Basketball, Week in Review (1/10/11)
With another two game week in the books, the Phoenix basketball team found out that their hard work is really starting to pay off. A big win over the JV prep team up at Hebron, and a close fought battle with a solid Gould team, players found that they are really starting to come together as a team and recognized some things they still want to improve upon.
Hebron JV: 29
Traveling up to Hebron, the men’s basketball team was in search and need of its first win of the season. After having a lack-luster performance against Valley a few nights prior, the attitude was determined to change as the Phoenix took the floor. In the first quarter, Hyde jumped out to an early lead, the first they had really experienced. Behind strong post play from Ben Burlock ’12 and strong defense from Robert Davis-White ’12 it looked as if it would be an easy win. Hebron made a run in the second quarter that cut the lead to one point at the half. This seemed to wake up the Hyde team and Jack Xu ’14 took over from there. Between great passing and being dangerous with the ball in his hand, he lead his team back out to a comfortable lead. Peter Higgins ’13, played very well in the post as did Peter Lin ’13.
Taking the floor at home for the first time in awhile, the Phoenix were excited to show the hometown fans what they were capable of. Wilson MacMillan ’14 led his team out on the floor with some early points. However, it was the slow pace of play and a few missed shots that stunned the home team early. With a score of only six points at the half, Hyde was searching for answers. Coming out with high energy and in a press, the basketball finally started to find its way to the bottom of the net. Conor Ketchum ’12 played well in the post opposite Peter Higgins. Between MacMillan, Xu and Davis-White, the Phoenix fought hard, trying to close the deficit. Ultimately, the lack of points in the first half caught up with them. No matter how hard they might try, they could not overcome. Nabil Eshraghian ’13 played very well off the bench for the Phoenix. The final score of this contest was not indicative of how close it actually was. Those who saw the second half saw an inspired Hyde team that can and will compete with anyone.
Athlete of the Week:
This week, the award goes to Peter Higgins for his hard work, positive attitude and adaptability. In a recent move on the court from a guard to a forward, Peter has found his niche in the offense and defense. He will battle for rebounds with taller competitors and plays his role unquestioningly. He has accepted all his teammates, and strives to make everyone better.
As a team, our goal is to continue the upward trend in both attitude and effort. Wilson MacMillan put it best, “Our goal is to get to the end of the season with a winning mentality, and to be competing with all the teams in our league.” We are well on our way to achieving that goal.