On Tuesday evening, the Hyde boys varsity basketball team traveled north to Hinckley, Maine to face off against Rangeley. The game was at a neutral site—an important experience come playoff time. Despite a slow start, the Phoenix were able to build a comfortable lead and enjoyed contributions from the entire roster.
Early in the first quarter, the Phoenix were led by the energy of Junior Andrew Palermo. Palermo stole the ball on the first two Rangeley possessions and finished easily on the other end. Despite the quick start, the Phoenix seemed sluggish on the offensive end, sometimes overpassing and being indecisive against a solid 3-2 defense. By the end of the first, the Phoenix led by 6.
In the second quarter, the Phoenix enjoyed a fine stretch of play by Palermo and center Shamar Jack. Both were pressed into extra duty due to a minor injury to starter Greg Kidger. Jack controlled the glass and senior guards Antoine Montgomery and Kiefer Cundy passed the ball ahead with confidence. At the half, the Phoenix surged ahead by 17.
The second half was defined by the Phoenix defense. All nine players who played in the third quarter pressured the basketball and played strong help defense, leading to numerous scoring opportunities in transition. As the lead grew, the Phoenix bench enjoyed extended playing time. Senior center Bryan Wang, forward Lawson Lin, guard David Wu and Max Kaplan played with great energy and helped the Phoenix coast to the finish.
Palermo led the Phoenix with 17 points. Antoine Montgomery had 9 points and 8 assists. The Phoenix are back in action Saturday in a tough road tilt vs. Islesboro. Can’t wait to hop on that ferry!