Hyde Off and Running: Defeat NYA
North Yarmouth Academy scored the first two points of the game when Chase Gendron converted on free-throws due to a pre-game violation on Hyde Senior Ben Burlock.
Ryan Cassidy tied the game on the next possession and then the Phoenix were off and running. North Yarmouth tried to slow the Phoenix by pressing them. However, Hyde had no trouble with the full court pressure of the Panthers. Hyde converted on 3 consecutive baskets by Lenardson, Rowe and Cassidy.
Hyde led at half-time by a score 42-26. The Phoenix extended the lead to 30 points in the 4th quarter. Hyde got valuable contributions from Juniors Evander Lenardson who scored 8 points and Talin Rowe’14 who added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. NYA was led by Chase Gendron who scored 19 points.
Waynflete Outfly Phoenix
Portland- Class C powerhouse Waynflete outrebounded Hyde 2-1 on the boards. The Flyers avenged last year’s loss on the same court defeating the Phoenix by a score of 70-52 in Portland.
Hyde (Class D) gave Waynflete (Class C) all they could handle early, but the Phoenix were unable to match the size and length of the Flyers. The Phoenix had their opportunities in the first quarter but were 0-6 from the free-throw line and missed on 3 uncontested lay-ups. Hyde trailed by one point after the first quarter. Waynflete controlled the paint in the 2nd quarter and was able to extend their lead with a balanced scoring attack. Schnier, Nyirikamba and Cutler contributed on a 10-2 run. The Flyers were able to extend their lead in the 3rd quarter outscoring the Phoenix 18-13 in the third.
Hyde was led by Ryan Cassidy ’13, who tallied 21 points. Waynflete was led by Sr. Jack Cutler who had 18 points and Jr. Serge Nyirikamba, who scored 17 points. Hyde moved to 9-1 on the season. Waynflete moved to 12-1 with its victory over the Phoenix.
Cavaliers Protect Home-court With Late Game Win Over Phoenix
Bingham- Hyde fell short in the final minutes as the Valley Cavaliers defeated the Phoenix by a score of 60-54 on Friday January 25th, 2013. The Friday night home crowd was raucous. The floor was slippery. Hyde was playing its 2nd away game in as many nights. They all seemed to have an effect. However, it was the costly turnovers and missed opportunities down the stretch that got in way of the Phoenix. The game had all the dramatic elements of the first contest. Hyde won over Valley earlier in January in 2OT. However, this time it was the Cavaliers who were able to hang on.
The game was tied after the first quarter 10-10. Ryan Cassidy ’13 converted on 4 of 5 from the line in the 1st quarter. Evander Lenardson ’14 hit two 3 pointers and Talin Rowe ’14 scored six 2nd quarter points as Hyde and Valley were tied at half-time with a score of 29-29.
Valley standout Senior Carrington Miller scored seven of his game-high 25 points in the 3rd quarter. Valley hung on to a narrow 2 point lead. It seemed as though neither team could get any real separation from the other. Hyde was still without guard Wilson MacMillan ’14 who has missed the last 5 games due to injury. Valley extended its lead to 6 points in the 4th quarter, before Talin Rowe while pressuring the ball full court- made two consecutive steals. Lenardson ’14 drilled a deep pull-up jumper. And Rowe hit two key shots down the stretch as Hyde tied the game with less than two minutes to go. Hyde had the opportunity to pull ahead but missed 3 close shots in the paint on the next possession. Valley quickly turned the tables converting on a Miller drive and assist to West. The Phoenix failed to score on a back door play from the high post coming up just short. The Cavaliers attempted to run out the clock and Hyde was forced to foul as time winded down.
Hyde was led by Talin Rowe ’14 (12 points, 5 steals and 4 assists), Evander Lenardson ’14 (11 points) and Senior Ryan Cassidy (13 points, 7 rebounds). The contest had all the elements of an intense play-off game. Participants on both teams displayed good sportsmanship in this tightly contested game.