Hyde Defeats Rangeley
Bath- The Hyde Phoenix (1-0) opened our basketball season with a 64-16 win over the Rangeley Lakers (0-2) in Boys Class D action on Tuesday, December 10th. Hyde took a 4-0 lead behind the heady play of Kiefer Cundy ‘15 who scored on the first two Phoenix possessions. Cundy has been demonstrating some strong leadership in the back-court this season.
The score was close in the early going, until the Phoenix went on a 15-2 run in the second quarter behind our trademark full court pressure. I thought that our defensive intensity was excellent. One of our goals this year is to play every play. Our energy unit of Talin Rowe ’14 (10 steals, 8 points) and Wilson MacMillan ’14 (9 points, 4 assists) have great defensive chemistry on the court. As impact players, they are making it difficult for the opposition’s guards to execute an offense.
Wes Miller ‘14 continued to shoot the ball well, hitting on two 3 point shots. Omar Harris ‘14 provided some strong defensive rebounding off the bench. Akim Sanni’16 (12 rebounds, 5 blocked shots) and Warsame Mohamed ‘14 led the scoring with 10 points apiece, in limited action. All of the Phoenix players saw significant playing time.
Tim White led the Lakers with 6 points.
Hyde Sets The Pace In Win Over Seacoast
Bath- The Hyde Phoenix moved to a 2-0 record with an impressive win over Seacoast defeating the Guardians by a score of 55 to 28 on Thursday December 12th, 2013.
Hyde got out in front early and went on a 12-0 run half-way through the first quarter. Successive baskets by Akim Sanni ’16 and Talin Rowe ’14, along with a Wes Miller ‘14 pull-up jumper, and the Phoenix were rolling. Hyde was successful at exploiting the Seacoast 2-1-2 and 1-3-1 zones. Wilson MacMillan’14 (15 points) converted on two 3 point field goals. He also hustled the length of the court to break up a fast break. Hyde led by a score of 34-15 at the half. We were focused on executing our offense. As my assistant coach Corey Begley noted, “It was nice to see the team making the extra pass tonight.”
Seacoast made a run in the second half. Hyde scored only 2 field goals in the third quarter. We were outscored by the Guardians 11-5. Hyde’s lead was reduced to 13 points before the Phoenix made adjustments. Hyde went on a 12-2 run and the game was never in question. The Phoenix hustled at both ends of the court.
Akim Sanni led all scorers with 16 points. He also had a thunderous dunk. More importantly, his presence was felt on the defensive end of the court. Sanni blocked 7 shots! Frederick Lasson ’15 and Omar Harris ’14 contributed some quality minutes in relief of the frontcourt.Point Guard Kiefer Cundy converted on all of his free throws (4-4). This game marked the return of senior Evander Lenardson (5 points). The Phoenix competed without stand-out swingman, Warsame Mohamed. He did not play due to injury.
Isaac Lacroix had 14 points to lead the scoring for the visiting Seacoast Guardians.