Hyde Bath Boys Varsity Basketball vs Highview Christian
Highview Christian: 8
After an impressive home victory on Thursday over rival Valley Bingham, the Phoenix took the court Saturday afternoon, focused on building momentum in the New Year. The Phoenix played an undermanned Highview Christian team and used the entire roster in route to a 51-8 victory.
The Phoenix employed a different strategy in this game and played three groups of five players for about 4 minutes at a time. These groups were composed of starters and role players and created the challenge of building synergy on the court with different combinations. In the first half, the Phoenix were led by the work of Senior forward Frederick Lasson. Lasson who has struggled with his shooting in the past few games, established his game early by posting up hard and converting on all four field goal attempts. Lasson was also a force defensively, grabbing three rebounds and blocking two shots. It was fantastic to see the big man active and this sparked the rest of the team. Due to a passive yet compact 2-3 zone defense, the Phoenix built a large early lead going into the second half.
The story of the second half was the play of junior Evans Kagame and senior point guard David Wu. Both players have worked very hard in practice and this was evident on the offensive end. Kagame led the Phoenix in scoring with 10 points and more importantly, passed the ball extremely well. Wu organized the Phoenix in the second half and converted on two beautiful mid-range jump shots.
It is important to recognize the great sportsmanship the Phoenix showed in this game. They understood a difficult situation yet still played in a fashion that was respectable and also earned compliments from the opposing coach. Well done, guys.
The Phoenix were paced by Kagame ( 10 points ) and Lasson ( 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks). They take the court tonight in an important home tilt vs. NYA, celebrating and giving back to the American Cancer Society. Hope to see you all there!