Phoenix Down Eagles
Isleboro- On January 16th, 2014 The Hyde Phoenix made the trip to Lincolnville and took the ferry out to the island of Isleboro, off the coast of Maine.
Warsame Mohamed ‘14 (14 points) led Hyde (7-1) to a 54-39 win over Isleboro (5-5) in Boys Class D West action. Warsame continues to make some big plays for us. As my assistant coach Corey Begley noted, “When Warsame is focused on his role on the court, he is tough to play against”.
Akim Sanni ‘16 had 13 points and 4 blocked shots in limited action for Hyde. Conte led Isleboro with 15 points.
The game was close early and the Phoenix led 13-11 after the first quarter. Our defensive intensity picked up in the 2nd quarter and we held the Eagles to only two field goals. However, they shot 10 free throws and remained within 6 points at half. Our defensive pressure proved to be too much. Behind the efforts of Talin Rowe ‘14 (6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals) and Wilson MacMillan (4 points, 5 assists) Hyde was able to successfully force the Isleboro back-court into some costly mistakes. Hyde pulled away early in the third quarter and controlled the game in the second half. Andrew Palermo ’16 (7 points, 2 steals, 2 assists) provided a spark for the Phoenix off the bench.
Phoenix Dust off the Snow to Down Hawks.
Hiram- The Hyde Phoenix (7-1) continued their winning ways with a road win against the Sacopee Valley Hawks on Saturday by a score of 69-34. Hyde got of the gate early behind the hot shooting efforts of Evander Lenardson ‘14 (16 points) and the balanced play of Warsame Mohamed ‘14 (7 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds) and led 17-5 after one quarter of play. Evander was on fire and made some really good plays on both ends of the court. The Phoenix led by a score of 40-18 at half.
Hyde was able to successfully apply full-court and half court pressure.
Leading the defensive charge for the Phoenix was Talin Rowe ‘14 (10 points, 7 rebounds) and Akim Sanni ‘14 (12 points, 6 blocks).
We also got some solid play out of Evan Robish ’14 who knocked down a jump shot and played well in the 2nd quarter.
Alex Fenderson led all scorers with 20 points for the Hawks.
Hyde Travels to Rangeley: Phoenix Skate on Improving Lakers
Rangeley, Maine- Hyde traveled to Rangeley, Maine north of Madrid, Phillips and Strong to face the Lakers on Tuesday. The sun was setting as we journeyed into the mountains.
The Phoenix were able to secure a win early taking a 17-4 lead and then extending it to a 27-9 after the first quarter. Andrew Palermo ’16 scored 8 points in the first quarter and Wilson MacMillan’14 had 6 to lead the fast breaking Phoenix.
Wes Miller’14, while contributing 8 points, hitting 2-3pt field goals from outside, played his best defensive game of the year. Kiefer Cundy ‘15 (7 points, 3 assists, 3 steals) added some heady play off the bench.
Rangeley had no answer for Akim Sanni ’16 (16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks) who continue to dominate the paint. Akim brought the opposing crowd to their feet on 3 occasions with some spectacular play. Some of the Rangeley fans and team invited us to return for a ski trip on Saddleback Mountain.
The Phoenix continued their unselfish play as 9 of the 12 players who suited up, scored. Hyde won by a 65-31 margin.
Michael Haley led the ever improving Rangeley Lakers with 14 points. Tim White had 12.