Welcome to NESPAC class C: Phoenix Soar Over Wolfpack in League Opener

On Friday evening, the Hyde boys’ varsity basketball team took on Woodstock in Connecticut. This was both teams first game of the season and it was highly anticipated by both campuses. The Phoenix took control of the game in the second half and earned their first victory over Hyde Ct. in more than a decade, winning 75-65.

A key to the game early on was withstanding the early attack of Hyde CT. With a front line featuring a 6’8 player, the Wolfpack were certainly more athletic and had much more size. Bath had to take the fight to them and the guys came out by attacking the basket. Timely drives by the dynamic backcourt of Antoine Montgomery 15’ and Miguel Preito ’17 resulted in the opposing big getting in foul trouble which changed the first half. Throughout the first, the Phoenix moved the ball well and ran the floor, highlighted by steal and finish by Andrew Palermo ’15. The Wolfpack roared back with three minutes remaining, hitting 4 of 6 three pointers and dictating the pace of the game. At the half, the Phoenix trailed by one.

In the locker room, the focus was getting back to our style of play—ball movement and organized defense. The guys responded very well and were sparked by a three point barrage by Miguel Preito. Prieto poured in 20 of his game high 32 points in the second half and put the game away with a deep three pointer with 6 minutes left. The play of forward Gatouch Pan 17’ was also extremely impressive as he battled inside and played his first game in 2 years due to injury. Pan had a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. An unsung hero was our defensive ‘swiss army knife’ Serge Mudogo 17’—guarding posts and guards throughout the game and the energy of our bench!

All in all, this was a signature win for our young program. Hyde CT. has a number of future college players on their roster and are always a contender in the NE class C tournament. The Phoenix were paced by the play of Preito ( 32 points, 5 steals ), Montgomery  (14 points, 6 assists ), Pan ( 13 points, 15 rebounds ) and Palermo ( 12 points, 3 rebounds ).