On Friday, December 11th, the Hyde Phoenix took an undefeated record into Babson College to face league opponent Pingree in the Coaches versus Cancer tournament. The Phoenix jumped out to an early double digit lead, but Pingree was able to keep their composure and ultimately hold the lead at halftime. Gatouch Pan had a solid performance in both halves, amassing a double double along the way. Pingree was able to build a double digit lead in the second half, but the Phoenix never quit and were able to battle back to within 3 points with just under 5 seconds to play! The Phoenix were able to score on an Antoine Montgomerry layup, but it was too little, too late as Pingree was able to pull out the 1 point victory.
Saint Paul’s: 45
On Wednesday night, the Phoenix traveled to Saint Paul’s school in Concord New Hampshire to take place in their first annual holiday tournament. The Phoenix started off against St. Paul’s on their court for their home opener. The Phoenix played their most balanced game of the season, getting strong contributions from their “Big 3” of Gatouch Pan, Antoine Montgomerry and Miguel Prieto. Each player scored in double figures while also energizing and leading the rest of the team on defense. Kahleil DePass had a solid contribution of the bench on both offense and defense, leading the Phoenix to a double digit half time lead which they never looked back from.
On a quick turnaround, the Phoenix followed up the win against St. Pauls against a tougher opponent in Brewster academy, last years league champion. The game started slow, each team showing obvious fatigue, but as the first half continued on, key contributions from Greg Kidger and Serge Mudogo energized the Phoenix, stifling Brewster on defense and hitting the glass hard on both ends of the floor. Serge and Greg shot over 70% from the free throw line, and although Brewster fought all the way to the end, the Phoenix held on for a ten point victory.