Phoenix Ring in the New Year with Victory:
The Hyde Phoenix picked up where they left off in December with back to back wins last weekend to ring in the new year with victory. They fought back and rallied for an impressive double overtime win over rival Valley Bingham on Friday, January 4th. The Phoenix travelled to face Seacoast Christian School in Elliot, Maine on Saturday, January 5th. Hyde again emerged victorious against a scrappy Seacoast team. Follow the Phoenix on game coverage from the past four wins. The Hyde Phoenix are back in action against Islesboro and rival North Yarmouth Academy this week!
Phoenix Off and Running: Hyde Defeats Islesboro 72-25
Hyde 21 22 16 13 72
Islesboro 9 7 3 6 25
Bath- On Tuesday December 12th, Hyde faced the island school of Islesboro.
The Phoenix were off and running early against Islesboro. Hyde never looked back, winning by a final score of 75-25. The Phoenix were able to establish their inside game early. Hyde’s pressure defense in the 1st quarter put the game away early as they converted on 16-2 run late in the 1st quarter and early into the 2nd.
Wilson MacMillan ’14 hit a pair of 3’s off the bench in the first quarter to help extend the lead to 12 points. Hyde led 43-16 at half. Ryan Cassidy ’13 scored 10 of his 15 points in the first 2 quarters as the Phoenix coasted to their 3rd win of the season. Talin Rowe ’14 and Evander Lenardson’14 contributed a combined 14 points, 10 rebounds and some strong defensive play from the bench. Warsame Mohammed ’14 scored 12 points and reserve Nabil Eshraghian ’13 also was in double figures.
Phoenix Keep On Flying: Play Tough Defense to beat Seacoast
Bath- On Thursday December 13th, Hyde defeated Seacoast Christian by a score of 49-25. Hyde moved to 4-0 to round out their December schedule in schoolboy action.
The Phoenix were able to score at will in the first quarter and led 12-9. Warsame Mohamed ’14 scored 7 early points. Mohamed posted a double/double, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Ryan Cassidy had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Hyde (4-0) to a 49-25 win over Seacoast in Boys Class D West basketball. Evander Lenardson ‘14 contributed 8 points and some strong play at both ends of the court. He finished with 6 rebounds and 3 steals.
Wilson MacMillan added 10 points off the bench. Hyde played a slowdown game in the first-half but was able to extend their lead to 15 points in the 2nd quarter.
Hyde held Seacoast to one field goal in the second half behind the pressure defense of Wondo Shaw ‘13, Talin Rowe’14 and Kiefer Cundy ’15.
Silas Thomson led Seacoast with 7 points. Isaac Lacroix finished with 6 points.
(Sr. Ryan Cassidy continues to dominate the paint against the opposition.
He is averaging a double/double in points and rebounds.)
Phoenix Won’t Quit: Hyde Rallies To Victory over Valley in Double Overtime!
Bath- The Valley Cavaliers arrived in Bath on Friday, January 4th. Seeded first, having defeated Forest Hills earlier in the week, the Cavaliers thought to catch the Phoenix unprepared.
Hyde got off to a slow start missing early lay-ups and easy shots. Warsame Mohamed ‘14 proved to be a lethal threat, scoring on some drives to the basket. Valley led after the first quarter by a score of 16-13. Ryan Cassidy ’13 scored 7 points in the 2nd quarter and manhandled the Valley defenders to keep the Phoenix close. Wilson MacMillan ‘14 chipped in 7 points in the 2nd quarter as well but Valley managed to maintain a one point lead and the score at half-time was 29-28.
In the 3rd quarter, Valley’s captain, Carrington Miller went to work on the Phoenix and scored 9 of his game high 26 points. Valley was able to extend their lead to 11 points on an 8-2 run.
However, Hyde refused to quit. Sophomore Kiefer Cundy ‘15 was able to successfully direct the Hyde offense. The Phoenix were able to exploit the Cavaliers outscoring them on a 6-0 run late in the 4th. Valley had a very difficult time stopping the Phoenix when Hyde implemented their offense. Hyde had a chance to end the game in regulation but the Cavaliers made some big plays in the final minute.
Hyde outscored Valley 15-8 in the 4th quarter. The Phoenix defense picked up in the last 4 minutes of regulation behind Mohamed ’14, Rowe ’14 and MacMillan ’14. MacMillan had back to back steals as the Phoenix had extended their pressure beyond half-court. The score at the end of regulation was 53-53. Valley took an early lead in the 1st overtime period. Hyde trailed 58-55 when Ryan Cassidy fouled out of the game. Cassidy finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Valley missed two free throws and an opportunity to extend the lead. The Phoenix thought they had come within one point on a fast break basket by Evander Lenardson ’14, however the hoop was waived off and Lenardson called for charging with 1:52 seconds remaining in the first overtime. Valley’s Carrington Miller was fouled by Cundy and he proceeded to hit one of two free throws. This is when Hyde again rallied. Warsame Mohamed scored on a baseline drive. Hyde forced Valley into a costly turnover. Lenardson then hit a jumper to tie the game. Hyde’s defense again forced Valley into a travelling violation. MacMillan attempted a 3 point shot to ice the game and missed. He then fouled out while diving for a loose ball. Valley’s Josh West hit two free throws to put the Cavaliers up by two. Hyde pushed the ball up the court and Evander Lenardson hit another shot to tie the game. Lenardson was the show late in the game converting on 9 of his 13 points in the overtime periods. Mohamed attempted the final shot in the first overtime but missed the game winner by the narrowest of margins. Hyde outscored Valley 11 to 8 in the 2nd overtime and gutted out a sensational action packed win. Warsame Mohamed led the Hyde scorers with 20 points. Wilson MacMillan finished with 12 points and 5 steals. The victory vaulted Hyde into the number one seed in Class D West in Maine High School Basketball. The Phoenix got valuable contributions from their bench. This will go down in Phoenix lore as a gutty and gritty comeback win.
Hyde 13 15 10 15 8(1st OT) 11 (2nd OT) 71
Valley 16 13 16 8 8 (1st OT) 8 (2nd OT) 69
(Evander Lenardson scored 9 of his 13 points in the two overtime periods against Valley)
Hyde Slows it Down to beat Seacoast
On Saturday January 5th playing the 2nd of a back to back schedule, Hyde travelled to Eliot, Maine where they faced Seacoast Christian School.
Hyde won by a score of 41-35, moving their record to 6-0 on the season.
Hyde led 14 to 7 after the first period. The Phoenix were able to score at will and extended their lead to 12 points early in the second. Seacoast fought back and narrowed the margin to 9. Hyde led at half-time by a score of 26 to 17. Hyde was never seriously challenged, though the Guardians seemed to be the aggressor.
Hyde ran clock in the 4th quarter and stalled for four minutes in a motion offense. It was a great opportunity to work on ball control. Ryan Cassidy’13 led Hyde with 12 points.
Evander Lenardson ’14 finished with 10. Ben Burlock ’13 had 6 block shots for Hyde.
Jr. Logan Archer and Sr. Isaac LaCroix paced the Guardians with 12 points apiece.