Phoenix Have Strong Showing in 25th Annual James Roman Tournament
Wolfpack Outlast Phoenix
Bath-The Hyde Phoenix got out to a strong start in the 25th Annual James Roman Basketball Tournament. Battling its sister school and eventual tournament champion Hyde-Woodstock in the opening game of the 2 day affair, the Phoenix played hard against the much taller Woodstock team. Hyde-Bath trailed by two points at half-time as the score stood at 29-27. The Phoenix harried the Woodstock backcourt behind the defensive pressure of Wilson MacMillan’14 and Talin Rowe ’14 . The Phoenix forced Woodstock into some early turnovers. The defensive energy and hustle of the Phoenix negated the size advantage of the Woodstock team early on. Hyde-Bath had its share of opportunities in the game. However, the Phoenix converted only 9 of 22 free-throws in the first half. Woodstock pulled away midway through the 3rd quarter when the Wolfpack went on a 10-2 run. Woodstock outscored the Phoenix 13-6 in the third quarter. Hyde-Bath was able to successfully manage the 1-3-1 extended half-court pressure of the Wolfpack. However, Hyde-CT wore the Phoenix down on their extended pressure which continued until the final minute of the game. Woodstock won by a score of 67-41.
The Phoenix were led by Warsame Mohamed ’14 (18 points 10 rebounds) and Akim Sanni ’16 (13 points, 5 blocked shots). Woodstock stand-out, 6-10 forward, Kenny Grant, led all scorers with 21 points. Dexter Thompson contributed 13 points for the Wolfpack.
The James Roman Tournament is an annual event that commemorates the life and memory of Hyde student James Roman, who tragically passed away in February of 1988. Roman was a dedicated honors student who loved the game of basketball.
Phoenix Outrun Huskies
The Hyde Phoenix got out to an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back defeating rival Gould Academy 69-25.
Zach Brandeis’14 (11 points) and Talin Rowe ’14 (10 points) were the leading scorers of a well-balanced Phoenix scoring attack. Hyde led 43-15 at half-time. Hyde went into a ball control offense in the 4th quarter and cleared its bench early. Jon Adams led Gould Academy with 20 points, hitting 6 three point shots. Aaron Leffert ‘14 contributed some solid low post play with 6 rebounds and 5 points. Kiefer Cundy ‘15 tallied 5 points and 5 assists. Warsame Mohamed ’14 had 8 points.
Phoenix Upend Kents Hill
Kent’s Hill: 53
Hyde-Bath defeated Kents Hill School by a score of 62-53. It was the second game of the day for both teams. Hyde got out in front early, leading 35-24 at half-time. The Phoenix were able run, converting on 6 field goals in the first half from fast break points.
Sharpshooter Wes Miller ‘14 hit consecutive baskets as the Phoenix wisely rode his hot hand on return trips down the court. Miller’s outside shooting extended the Phoenix lead to 15 points midway through the third quarter. Kents Hill was able to rally and close the lead to 8 points in the waning minutes of the game. However, Hyde executed its half-court offense down the stretch and the lead was never in question. Wilson MacMillan ‘14 and Kiefer Cundy ’15 shared the point guard responsibilities. They were able to successfully direct the Hyde attack. The Huskies were short-handed as Head Coach RJ Jenkins along with several players attended the memorial service of Kents Hill alumni and former player, Cam Dow. Miller had a career high of 10 points for Hyde. Akim Sanni ’16 dominated the inside game. Sanni contributed 20 points and led all scorers.