Wolfpack JV Basketball in 44-38 Heartbreaker vs. Wheeler

The Hyde Boys JV Basketball team faced off against a talented Wheeler team on Saturday, losing 44-38 in one of the most exciting games of the year.  With a number of key players still absent from the team due to illness and injury, all nine active players contributed in a significant way.  Co-captains John Nelson ’14 and Sam Valentine ’13 played their best games of the year, defending well, and scoring 12 and 14 points, respectively.  After jumping out to an early 8 point lead, the Wolfpack then found themselves down 8 at the half.  In the second half, Hyde came out with a full-court press led by aggressive play from Joey Fan ’13, Kevin Ding ’13, and Kenny Zhang ’14.  This led to plenty of forced turnovers, but the Wolfpack were too-often unable to convert on these fast break opportunities.  Down by 10 points with 4 minutes to go, Hyde showed a determination and resilience it has not shown enough of this year.  Boosted by Valentine’s vocal encouragement, the boys kept pressing until the final whistle.  Though it was tough to swallow a second loss in two days, the Wolfpack walked away from this contest with their heads held high, and looking forward to a rematch at home in February.

Coach Gaines