JV Basketball Springs into Action
Similar to Men’s Varsity Basketball, the JV Phoenix have gotten off to a quick start this winter. Containing a roster of some experienced players, and others brand new to the game, the JV Phoenix have displayed a strong desire to learn the game of basketball. Less than two weeks into the season they have seen significant game action.
The first contest of the season the JV Phoenix traveled to Saco, ME to take on Thornton Academy. After two practices, the JV Phoenix had very basic knowledge of the offensive and defensive sets, nevertheless, they were eager and motivated to hit the court and gain a firsthand understanding of the game at a live pace. In the first quarter, both teams ran the floor hard. Nabil Eshraghian ’13 set the tone on offense with strong drives to the basket while Andrew Kraai ’14 dominated the boards down low, earning some points on strong offensive rebounds. Ryan Scioli ’13 also showed impressive energy and intensity in the first half, earning eight points. However, Thornton’s lethal outside shooting in the second quarter gave them an 11 point lead heading into the half. In the second half there was an improved team effort from the Phoenix as the team began to work together and communicate. Unfortunately, Thornton continued to find success from behind the arc, converting at a very high percentage. Towards the end of the third quarter, the Phoenix made a run, cutting Thornton’s lead to single digits, however, the Phoenix were unable to get it any closer. The young men played hard until the end, but Thornton walked away victorious with a final score of 68-53.
Overall, it was a great learning experience for the JV Phoenix. Every person who traveled experienced important time on the floor. The team also gained a deeper understanding of what the game is all about and the importance of staying positive when things get tough. The team also walked away with tangible issues to work on in practice, specifically, defensive execution and communicating on offense.
For their second contest of the season, the JV Phoenix traveled to South Berwick, Maine to take on Berwick Academy. The Phoenix worked hard in the first half, running the floor, making good passes, and converting when earning the opportunity. The Phoenix took a big lead into halftime, in large part due to solid guard play from Nabil Eshraghian ’13 and Luis Allen ’15. The second half saw significant minutes for younger, newer players to the game. William Wu ’15 showed strong effort on offense and defense while Brian Zuo ’14 demonstrated great energy working for rebounds. The final score came to 49-10 and the Phoenix earned their first victory of the season!
It was another great afternoon for learning the sport of basketball for the JV Phoenix. Again, all who traveled played significant minutes and 12 of 13 players scored! Moving forward, the JV Phoenix look to install more offensive sets along with a pressure defense. Their next contest is a rematch against Thornton this Wednesday. It looks to be, yet again, an excellent afternoon for learning the great sport of basketball!