Pheonix Varsity Boys Basketball Rings In the New Year with Victory

Phoenix Defeat Guardians

Hyde (4-0) opened the New Year with a dominant victory over the Guardians of Sea Coast by a score of 61-28. Led by the stellar play of Akim Sanni ’16 (18 points 11 rebounds, 6 blocks) we were able to take an early lead. Akim has been putting in extra time on his low post game and it has been showing. As assistant coach Begley remarked, “he has come a long way already, he works hard and is a gifted learner”.

The Guardians are a scrappy team and their home floor in Eliot always poses a challenge for visiting teams.  Hyde was able to hold the Guardians to 4 first half field goals.

Evander Lenardson ‘14 converted on 3 field goals in the first quarter to give Hyde a 15-4 lead. Evander shot the ball well and finished the game with 13 points. We continued to get heady play from point guard Kiefer Cundy ’15 (6 points, 5 assists) who is emerging as a floor general for the Phoenix. Talin Rowe ‘14 (8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) continued with some strong defensive work. Wilson MacMillan ‘14 (6 points) led two outstanding fast breaks that resulted in conversions each time.

In the 3rd quarter we played an excellent stretch of half-court offense which lead to a 12-0 run.  Hyde converted on a Wes Miller ’15 jump shot, a Sanni dunk, both plays came from great passes from Frederik Lasson ’15. There was excellent ball movement. Hyde led Seacoast by score of 45-15 after 3 quarters. Zach Brandeis ‘14 who is one of our energy guys, scored 6 points off the bench.  What’s great about Zach is that he tries to bring spirit and positive enthusiasm whether he is on the court playing ball or on the bench leading the cheers for his teammates.

Sea Coast cross country star Isaac LaCroix led the Guardians with 16 points. Hyde was missing two of its players due to weather delays.

Phoenix Run Over Cavaliers

Bath-The Hyde Phoenix (4-0) got out to an early lead and never looked back defeating its rival the Valley Cavaliers (6-2) of Bingham by a score of 59-36 on Tuesday in Boys’ Class D basketball action.

Hyde was able to establish the inside game of sophomore center Akim Sanni who scored early.  Point guard Kiefer Cundy ‘15 converted on a 3 point play to give Hyde a 6-2 lead. The Phoenix forced the Cavaliers into some costly turnovers as Valley could not handle the pressure defense of the Phoenix. Hyde went on a 12-2 run and ended the first quarter with an 18-4 lead.  Valley rallied by scoring 14 2nd quarter points.  However, Hyde led at the half 31-18.

Wilson MacMillan ‘14 scored a career high 19 points to lead all scorers.  MacMillan also converted on 2 deep three point shots. More importantly, he served as a sparkplug.  We got out and ran the court well.  There were times when we had all five guys running on the break.  Akim Sanni ‘16 tallied 15 points, 4 blocked shots and one thunderous jam in limited action.  Sanni only played a quarter and a half due to foul trouble. Defensive stopper, Talin Rowe ‘14 scored 8 points and had 8 rebounds off the bench for Hyde. The Phoenix also got valuable contributions from Aaron Leffert ’15 (5 rebounds)and Warsame Mohamed ’14 who passed the ball well and had 6 assists.

Teagan Laweryson led the Cavaliers with 11 points.

Coach Rowe