Hyde Boys Varsity Basketball traveled to Providence, Rhode Island to play Wheeler, the number one team in Class C. It was a big game that was also a statement win, proving that Hyde is once again one of the elite teams in our class.
Wheeler came out strong right from the start, doing more than just meeting their reputation as a terrific shooting team. They maintained mostly all of the first half with a very small lead, although it still felt like Hyde had the upper hand. In the middle of the first half, Damon Gomes ’15 threw a perfect pass to Dexter Thompson ’15 who came out of nowhere to throw down a thunderous alley oop that drew massive cheers from our JV Basketball team as well as some of Wheelers own fans. Another highlight of the first half was Eamonn Joyce Jr. ’16, who received a pass from Damon Gomes yet again. Joyce Jr. proceeded to throw down a powerful two-handed dunk, once again drawing cheers from everyone.
Despite these strong plays, Hyde only had a two point lead going into the half, 30-28.
Being a strong second half team, Hyde looked to come out from the locker rooms to extend the small first half lead. However, Wheeler refused to go away, hitting all shots necessary to keep them one to two possessions away.
- Damon Gomes continued to attack the basket en route to 21 points in the game, as well as more than a handful of assists.
- Dexter Thompson was his usual self, hitting shot after shot and also using his almost laughable athletic advantage to score from under the basket.
- Towards the end of the game, Gomes was able to hit free throw after free throw, carrying the team to a much needed big victory.
- Damon Gomes finished the game with 21 points and so many assists, as well as leaving a presence defensively, blocking many shots.
- Dexter Thompson had an aggressive 16 points, playing in the post, hitting mid range jumpers, and making free throws.
- Eamonn Joyce Jr. finished with 9 points before fouling out on some extremely questionable calls.
- Kris Carroll ’16 was very quiet in the first half, although he had 8 points in the second half, including two key three pointers.
- Khalil Johnson ’17 finished with 7 points, having a three and making his free throws. It was a very important game for him just needing to see his 3 ball go in.
It was a strong win against a talented and gritty team. Hyde looks to continue their success tomorrow, February 4th, against Class C opponent, Winchendon at 3:30pm. If you are on campus, it would be greatly appreciated if you could come to the game.
Chris Baldwin ’16