Hyde Phoenix – 27
Hyde Woodstock – 50
Coming off of two successive wins against Chop Point (29-23) and Kents Hill (28-23), which saw stingy defense and grit being the key to the JV Boy’s success, the Phoenix loaded onto the bus for a long drive to the den of the Wolf Pack of Woodstock. Highlights from the previous game included three threes from AMAN WISDOM ’17, and some big plays on the boards from ELLIS BUTLER ’15 and AIDAN SPERRY ’15 in the Phoenix’s win against Kents Hill.
As the game at Woodstock got under way, it was clear that some of the rust that had gathered over the long winter break was having a hard time being shaken off. Initially, the Phoenix took an early lead after a nice pass from AMAN WISDOM ’17 to newcomer MIKE SIBEN ’16 who added his first basket of the season with a long range three. But after some strong defensive stops by JESSE HIGGINS ’16, AIDAN BRISTOW ’16, and BRANDON NELSON ’16, Woodstock responded swiftly to take control of the first half, ending 23 – 13 in their favor.
With the second half underway, the Phoenix seemed to lose their way on their offensive transition as a tight Woodstock press saw the boys giving up unnecessary turnovers and lapsing in their composure. Meanwhile, Woodstock began finding their form as threes began to rain down on the Phoenix’s defense. However, in the last minutes of the game, the Phoenix finally put together the offense they knew they were capable of, moving the ball, and running the sets effectively, with DEAN TIEN ’15 and THOMPSON UPHAM ’16 bringing energy off the bench, and MIKE SIBEN ’16 making all 14 of the Phoenix’s points in the second half including two threes and ending 2 for 2 from the free throw line.
Up next, the Phoenix travel to Hebron Academy to rejuvenate their efforts on the road, and find their rhythm once more.