JV Basketball Takes on NYA and Waynflete
JV Men’s basketball started off the week with a rematch against NYA. The Phoenix got off to a quick start, leading 8-0 and holding NYA scoreless throughout most of the 1st quarter. The Phoenix continued to push the ball in transition and make smart passes on offense in the 2nd quarter, giving them a 33-11 halftime lead. In the 2nd half the Phoenix focused on execution and getting every player on the team significant minutes. The highlight for the 2nd half was definitely Marley Dutton ’13 scoring his first basket of the season. Overall, nine players scored for the Phoenix as they emerged victorious with a final score of 60-25.
The following night the JV men headed down to Portland for a game against Waynflete that was rescheduled due to weather. The Phoenix came out strong and took a quick 6 point lead as Luis Allen ’15 had some nice finishes on offense. Waynflete responded with a run of their own and the Flyers and Phoenix began a battle that would last all game. Kiefer Cundy ’15 and Zach Heatley ’14 kept the tempo up throughout the first half and Wondo Shaw ’13 controlled the paint down low giving the Phoenix a 6 point halftime lead. The Phoenix and Flyers exchanged baskets throughout the 3rd quarter, but Waynflete hit a bucket right before the buzzer, giving them a 1 point lead heading into the 4th quarter. In the final minutes of the game the Phoenix played strong defense but couldn’t convert on offense. Waynflete hit a few key free throws in the last two minutes of the game sealing victory 37-33.
The loss to Waynflete was tough, but overall it was a productive week. On Thursday the team met to identify areas they need to work on. Each player established and committed to improving an area of their game. The team also discussed ways to increase spirit and unity. The squad currently carries a .500 record, with 5 wins and 5 losses, with 5 games to go. The last third of the season is shaping up to be an exciting time! The JV Phoenix’s next matchup is a rematch against Waynflete at home on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4pm.