Bath-In the first of two home games Hyde defeated Acadia Christian Academy by a score of 62-13 on Friday, January 31st. Led by Evander Lenardson (13 points, 3 assists) and Talin Rowe (12 points, 5 steals) who combined for half of Hyde’s first quarter points, the Phoenix were able to gain a 27-8 first quarter lead. Hyde extended its lead by holding ACA to one field goal in the second quarter and 0 field goals in the third. Hyde was able to control the tempo of the game with their defense. Reserves Omar Harris (6 points) and Evan Robish (7 points) contributed off the bench.
Wiscasset- On Saturday February 1st, Hyde traveled to Wiscasset and hosted Acadia the following morning in the second home game. Acadia got off to a good start leading 4-0 before the Phoenix roared back. Consecutive baskets by Zach Brandeis tied the game. The Phoenix led by a score of 11-7 after the first quarter. Both Brandeis and Cundy converted on outside 3pt shots to help Hyde take the lead. Hyde led at half-time by a score of 19-11. Aaron Leffert and Kiefer Cundy led the Phoenix with 14 points apiece. Zach Brandeis scored 10 points and brought some energy to the Phoenix back-court. Cundy got the chance to play some at the SG position which paid dividends. He was able to drive baseline which set up some of the other players. Leffert’s inside play continued to improve as he was able to convert on his shots. Hyde rotated its players throughout the game.
Hyde 6 13 13 17 49
Valley 9 12 7 10 38
Bingham- Hyde got off to a slow start against rival school Valley. The raucous home crowd and tight spacing in the gym seemed to have an early adverse effect on the Phoenix, who struggled with our play. Hyde did not score a bucket until midway through the first quarter. This was partially due to our shot selection where we settled for the quick outside shot. Hyde was 0 for 6 from long range before Wilson MacMillan converted on his first 3pt field goal. Valley led after the first quarter by a 9-6 score. Warsame Mohamed was in early foul trouble and played limited minutes in the first half. Valley led by a score of 21-19 at half-time. Hyde got going midway through the third and led 32-28 at the end of the quarter. Akim Sanni dominated the boards and had 20 rebounds to go along with his 16 points. Hyde outscored Valley 17-10 in the final period to close out the win. Wilson MacMillan contributed 12 points and had solid defensive play. I thought that our perimeter defense behind Talin Rowe and Wilson MacMillan was solid when we needed it. We seemed a step slow on the weak side of our interior defense that allowed Valley to convert on some easy hoops that we don’t usually give up. Kiefer Cundy went 5 for 6 from the free throw line. Evander Lenardson hit some big shots in the second half. His shots were created by our team successfully executing our offense. We moved the ball effectively from the high and low post and found the open man. Mohamed finished with 7 rebounds and 7 points.
Dylan Belanger led Valley with 18 points. Hyde’s record improved to 15-1 on the season with this hard fought victory.