On Monday, the Phoenix took the court atNYA in an attempt to avoid snowmageddon‘Juno’ ( I still haven’t dug out my car… maybe that will be a team activity! ).
With the playoffs just two weeks away, the Phoenix played with their best energy all season and earned a statement win. After an uneven performance at Islesboro, the Phoenix were hungry for another chance to take the court. In the first quarter, they exemplified the play that has gotten them to second place in the Heal Point Standings (defense and rebounding ) and also showed a developing secondary break that will be critical as the schedule increases in difficulty. The Phoenix excelled in transition and converted on easy layups. Senior point guard Antoine Montgomery played his best game of the season and had 10 points and 4 assists in the first quarter, impressive stats for a player who is coming into his own. Sophomore forward Greg Kidger returned from a difficult game over the weekend and controlled the paint for the Phoenix. Kidgerscored 10 points in the first half and played a key role in the 20-0 run to start the game. At half, the Phoenix led by 25.
The second half was a great example of a team keeping their concentration and focus despite a lopsided score. Senior guard Kiefer Cundy controlled the pace of the game and shared the ball well with his teammates. A key player in the second half was senior center Bryan Wang. Wang has worked hard to improve over the season and has accepted his role as a back up “big.”Wang scored on back to back post moves, bringing the bench to their feet and earning a smile from the head coach ( that’s me… we spend a lot of time on these moves! ).
The Phoenix had four players in double figures ( Andrew Palermo 14 points, Cundy 10 points, Montgomery 13 points and Kidger 10 points ) and Montgomery had a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists. The Phoenix had an impressive 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio and limited their team fouls. Next up are Pine Tree on Thursday and then a major test vs Class C power Old Orchard Beach.