Phoenix Take on Thornton
This past week in JV basketball, the young men focused much of their practice around working on offensive sets and tightening up their defense in preparation for a rematch against Thornton. Significant growth was made from the first matchup leading up to this Wednesday, and this was evident in the performance the JV Phoenix displayed.
The Phoenix worked hard in the first half, led by a balanced scoring attack from Nabil Eshraghian ’13, Andrew Kraai ’14, and Evander Lenardson ‘14. On defense, Harry Hu ’12 and Corey Beckman ’13 did a good job running the floor and collecting rebounds. Last time the Phoenix played Thornton they had given up over 40 points in the first half and were trailing by 11; this time the Phoenix entered halftime down by 3, only allowing 26 points.
The Phoenix started off the second half strong, but Thornton’s post presence was too much to handle. The Phoenix also found themselves in foul trouble and struggling to work together on offense. The team fought to the end but ultimately fell short, with the final score coming to 47-38.
The JV men continue to show impressive growth. Their perimeter defense was substantially better than the first contest against Thornton, as the Phoenix reduced their scoring from behind the arc by about 30 points, and their overall scoring by 20. As the Phoenix head into break they should be proud of the work they have put in so far this winter. The JV Phoenix get right back to action upon returning from break, with two games the first week of January.