JV Basketball Defeats Kents Hill in OT Thriller
JV Phoenix Basketball had one game this week and continued to work on individual skills and playing together as a team in practice. With a game on Wednesday, the Phoenix spent the first half of the week working on their full court press and their press break. When game day arrived on Wednesday the Phoenix appeared focused and ready as they welcomed Kents Hill to Bath.
The first half was fast paced as the Huskies applied full court pressure on the Phoenix. The Huskies gained a few offensive opportunities off of Phoenix miscues, but the Phoenix adjusted well and did a good job advancing the ball. Most points for both squads in the first half were scored on fast break opportunities. However, the Phoenix did a decent job running their offensive sets and five different players found the bottom of the net in the first half including William Wu ’15 and newcomer Jeremia Syska ’15. The Phoenix entered halftime leading by two.
The Huskies made a surge in the third quarter, and did a good job pressuring the Phoenix and forcing them to rush shots on offense. The Huskies entered the 4th quarter up by four, but the Phoenix refused to give up and tied the game with under a minute to go. Neither team scored in the final minute and the game headed to overtime. In the extra frame the Phoenix did a great job of keeping their composure and working together as a team. Kiefer Cundy ’15 showed an outstanding individual effort, scoring all 8 Phoenix overtime points, most of them coming from the free throw line. The Phoenix defense allowed two points in overtime and secured victory, 44-38.
It was a great win over Kents Hill for the JV men. Nine players scored for the Phoenix. Areas we had worked on in practice transferred to success in the game. Free throw percentage increased from 29% in our previous contest to 60% against Kents Hill. It was the first game all season the Phoenix had less fouls than their opponents. The Phoenix also created and converted on numerous offensive opportunities generated from the five man fast break and the press break. Most importantly, the Phoenix demonstrated mental toughness; staying positive and working together throughout a very intense game. The Phoenix welcome NYA to Bath on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30.