January 25th, 2014
The Hyde boys JV basketball team improved to 6-0 with a 70-22 victory over Thornton Academy. The Phoenix were sluggish in the early goings, struggling to gain momentum in a ( near ) empty gym and an early start time. The Phoenix were sparked in the second quarter by the play of captain Eric Stone ’14 and Greg Kidger ’17. Stone and Kidger combined for 12 points in the quarter, effectively controlling the tempo of the game. At the half, Hyde led 29-11.
The Phoenix were much improved in the second half due to the leadership of Andrew Palermo ’16. Palermo picked the pocket of a Thornton guard on two consecutive possessions that led to layups. Kidger continued to impose his will on Thornton defenders, controlling the offensive glass and getting to the foul line. However, the star of the second half was the Phoenix bench. Evans Kagame ’16 impressed the six spectators at the game with a lovely spin move baseline and a deep three pointer. Duncan O’Rourke ’16 played with confidence as he slashed to the basket on numerous occasions and found cutting players like Luke Brawley ’16 and Chris Baldwin ’16. The Phoenix scored 41 second half points and played well together.
The Phoenix were led by Greg Kidger ( career high 14 points, 8 rebounds ), Eric Stone ( 14 points, 4 assists) and Evans Kagame ( 7 points, 3 steals ).
January 28th, 2014
The Hyde boys JV basketball team improved to 7-0 with an impressive 62-16 victory over NYA. The Phoenix were led by a career day from Evans Kagame ’16. The Phoenix started the first quarter in a state that can best be described as ‘on fire’. See image below.
Unlike the video game, NBA JAM , the net did not combust as the shots fell from all over the court. However, it certainly seemed like it. The Phoenix poured in 31 first quarter points with all 14 players entering the game. The highlight of the first quarter was back to back to back three point field goals from Kagame, Duncan O’Rourke ’16 and Chris Baldwin ’16.
Kagame continued to lead the Phoenix with 5 points in the second quarter and provided energetic play on both ends. Forward Lawson Lin ’15 had a solid quarter, compiling 5 rebounds and two free throws. Lin is the ‘glue guy’ for the Phoenix and his contributions go beyond the stat sheet. At the half, the Phoenix led 38-6.
The second half continued to provide opportunities for the improving Phoenix bench. All 14 players scored in the contest, highlighted by a silky give and go from Sam Valentine ’15 to Luke Brawley ’16. Valentine made his debut for the Phoenix, providing smart play and leadership on the court. He also may be the only player coach in Maine JV history—Valentine is the assistant coach for Hyde’s third’s team. Go third’s!
The Phoenix were led by Kagame ( 14 points, 6-7 fg). The boys play tomorrow in a back to back at Kent’s Hill.
January 29, 2014
Kent’s Hill: 43
The Hyde boys JV basketball team improved to 8-0 with a 58-43 victory over rival Kent’s Hill. The Phoenix had an uneven first quarter and were plagued by foul trouble. Starters Eric Stone ’14 and Greg Kidger ’17 were called for personal fouls early and had to go to the bench. Senior Sam Valentine ’14 was ready to answer the call. Valentine played out of position yet provided great leadership the entire contest, rebounding hard on both ends and serving as a capable playmaker. Aggressive play from Valentine and center Bryan Wang ’15 helped the Phoenix build a 24-14 advantage after the first.
The Phoenix were bothered in the second quarter by Kent Hill’s effective trapping defense. Poor decisions and passes resulted in turnovers and easy baskets for the home team. The Phoenix ended the first half frustrated as they saw their lead cut in half.
The story of the second half was the sharp shooting of first year player Alec Chapman. Chapman ( who is expected to be moved up to varsity this weekend ), scored eight points in the second half and handled the ball well under pressure. Chapman sealed the game with a triple from WAY downtown with two minutes left in the contest. As time ran down, fellow first year Greg Kidger provided one of the highlights of the season. A Kent’s Hill guard picked off a Phoenix pass near half court and drove hard to the opposite basket. Kidger ran down the player, rose and empathically blocked the attempted layup. As the Phoenix bench rose to their feet and cheered, Kidger calmly walked back to his position on defense. That, ladies and gentleman, is Hyde Phoenix basketball.
The Phoenix were led by Chapman ( 12 points ), Valentine ( 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists ) and Kidger ( 9 points, 9 rebounds, 1 very large block ). The Phoenix will spend the week preparing for their biggest test yet: an away game at regional powerhouse Wayneflete. Only three contests remain… can they finish with an unblemished record?