Phoenix Boys JV Basketball Remains Undefeated with Three Consecutive Victories

January 8th, 2014

Hyde: 59
Hebron: 36

The Hyde boys JV basketball team improved to 3-0 with a 59-36 victory over the Hebron Lumberjacks. After an extended break and limited practice time, the Phoenix were noticeably rusty in the first quarter and struggled on offense. Hyde showed improvement in the second quarter due to the play of Cole Faulkner ’15. Faulkner forced three turnovers with well-timed traps and scored 8 of his 12 points in the quarter. The Phoenix went on a 13-2 run to close the half, highlighted by unselfish play from Chris Baldwin ’15, Greg Kidger ’17 and Lawson Lin ’15.

Hebron cut the Hyde lead to 15 with impressive three point shooting to start the third quarter. However, the Phoenix answered with aggressive drives from captain Eric Stone ’14  and great effort on the glass by center Bryan Wang ’15. Wang contributed with 6 points and 6 rebounds, continuing his progression from the start of the season. All 13 players on the Hyde roster played meaningful minutes for the third consecutive game.

The Phoenix were led by balanced scoring from Andrew Palermo ’16 ( 14 points, 5 rebounds), Stone ( 13 points, 5 assists) and Faulkner ( 12 points, 3 steals). Hyde looks to stay unbeaten tomorrow in an afternoon tilt against NYA.

January 9th, 2014

Hyde: 60
NYA: 31

 The Hyde boys JV basketball team improved to 4-0 with a 60-31 victory against NYA. After a quick jaunt down the road to North Yarmouth and a lack of parking spaces (certainly frustrating as the coach/bus driver ), the boys took the court looking to build on their early season momentum. The Phoenix were fueled early by their press, forcing 8 NYA turnovers in the first quarter. Hyde was led early on by the play of Cole Faulkner ’15. Faulkner provided energy off the bench, resulting in two steals, three tipped passes and a willingness to share the basketball. In the second quarter, the partnership between point guard Eric Stone ’14  and forward Andrew Palermo ’16 was especially evident. The pair combined for 12 points in the quarter and harassed the opposing guards into 4 turnovers. At the half, Hyde led by twenty.

The second half was marked by contributions from the bench. Bryan Wang ’15 continued his strong season with tough rebounding and a beautiful spin move on the baseline. Lawson Lin ’15 and Chris Baldwin ’16 also provided a spark, playing great defense and rebounding on both ends.

The Phoenix once again showed their balance and willingness to play team basketball. Palermo led the charge with 14 points and five rebounds. Stone ( 6 points, 6 assists ), Faulkner ( 9 points, 4 steals ) and Alec Chapman ’17 (10 points) were key contributors. All 13 players played a role in the outcome.

January 15th, 2014

Hyde: 57
Kent’s Hill: 36

The Hyde boy’s JV basketball team improved to 5-0 with an impressive 57-36 victory over rival Kent’s Hill. Andrew Palermo ’16 had a career high 25 points, a performance that exemplifies his progression on and off of the basketball court.

From the opening tip it was clear that the game was going to be a physical matchup. The Phoenix built a modest 18-12 first quarter lead primarily due to their hustle and grit. Despite being outsized, the Phoenix were often the first to ’50-50’ balls, leaving their effort ( quite literarily ) on the basketball court. Freshman Greg Kidger ’17 had his best game of the season, controlling the boards and playing unselfish basketball. The combination of Kidger and Palermo was crucial in the first due to foul trouble by Eric Stone ’14 and Alec Chapman ’17. The highlight in the first half was a buzzer beating pull-up jump shot by Stone as he elevated and connected from the elbow. At the half, the Phoenix held a 31-18 advantage.

The Phoenix pulled away in the third quarter due to their pressure 1-3-1 defense. Well timed traps forced the opposing Huskies into 5 turnovers and easy baskets for the Phoenix. Evans Kagame ’16 was instrumental in this run, compiling 2 steals and 3 tipped passes. The third quarter also provided one of the highlights of the young season. Chapman caught the ball on a sideline out of bounds play and delivered a beautiful lob pass to a cutting Palermo near the basket. Unselfish basketball equates to winning basketball.

The Phoenix were led by Palermo ( 25 points,10 rebounds ), Stone ( 9 points, 5 assists ) and Kidger ( 6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks ). The Phoenix also took 4 charges, which lightens my coffers (charge taken = 1 candy bar ). The Phoenix look to remain unbeaten next week.

Coach Begley