JV Basketball Making Progress
JV basketball had another busy week, playing two games and expanding their knowledge of team basketball. The week was a great learning experience, as the team endured moments of reward and pride while also being exposed to tangible areas to improve upon as individuals and as a team.
The team began the week with a home contest, as they welcomed Sacopee Valley to Bath. The Phoenix started the game solidly, swiftly moving the ball on offense and making quick rotations on defense. The Phoenix built a small lead, but Sacopee’s strong outside shooting kept the score close. Hyde went into halftime leading by 4, proud of their work in the first half yet aspiring for more. They began the second half with a full court press and did a terrific job working together as a unit, earning multiple offensive opportunities. Sacopee couldn’t adjust to the pressure and the Phoenix earned victory with a final score of 60-34.
This was a solid team victory for the Phoenix, as every member that suited up for the game saw significant minutes. Overall, 8 players scored for the Phoenix with Kiefer Cundy ’15 and Evander Lenardson ’14 both reaching double digits. Newcomers Wondo Shaw ’13 and Judah Maroun ’15 worked hard during their time on the floor, quickly finding their role on the court.
Two days later the Phoenix headed to Lumberjack country to take on Hebron. The first quarter was evenly matched with Hyde and Hebron exchanging buckets throughout. The second quarter saw Hebron take advantage of some poor ball handling and undisciplined play by the Phoenix, giving Hebron an eight point lead at the half. The Phoenix put the press on the second half but Hebron did a great job breaking it down. The Lumberjacks kept their lead around 8 throughout the second half, but due to the strong inside play of Ben Burlock ’13 and Wondo Shaw ’13 the Phoenix cut their lead to 5 with four minutes to play. The Phoenix continued with the pressure but Hebron did a great job advancing the ball and creating opportunities on offense. When the final whistle blew Hebron emerged victorious 48-40.
Although the Phoenix lost this game, it gave the team very specific aspects to work on in practice, specifically free throw shooting, finishing on offense, and playing as a team. Other positives from this contest were the emergence of Judah Maroun ’15 as a ball handler and play maker on offense and newcomer Jeremia Syska ’15 playing good team basketball and working hard during his time on the floor.
The rest of the week in practice was spent installing new defensive sets and working on the above issues. The team worked hard and made noticeable improvement. Hyde JV faces Kents Hill at home this Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30.