Phoenix Thirds Basketball vs Waynflete

Hyde vs. Waynflete

Boy’s Thirds Basketball

December 6, 2016

Final Score: Waynflete 51, Hyde 35

The Hyde Thirds basketball team took on Waynflete Academy Tuesday evening in front of a large crowd at the Joe in their first game of the season. Hyde Thirds are looking to build off their success from last year, which saw them win their season series against rival Hebron, among other victories. The team is filled with mostly new faces. The first game promises to give everyone a look at the opportunities and challenges the team will face this season.

Hyde started the game well with senior Michael Siben ’17 draining the first basket of the season from beyond the arc to make it 3-0. Wayneflete quickly responded, adding a couple baskets of their own to make it 4-3 midway through the first quarter. Hyde had difficulty finding their range throughout the first quarter, with many good looks refusing to go in. But a tough defense led by Alex Crawley ’18 (4 rebounds), Lucas McCabe ’18 (2 rebounds, 6 points), Kyle MccInnis ’18 (2 rebounds), and Michael Meunch ’17 (2 rebounds) kept Hyde in the game. At halftime, Hyde trailed by eight points but Coach Collinson was hopeful better ball movement and defensive rebounding would turn the game around.

Hyde came out strong in the second half, immediately cutting the deficit to just four with baskets from Michael Siben and Lucas McCabe. But Wayneflete recovered the momentum with two baskets of their own to shift the game back in their favor. Hyde kept it close throughout the third quarter but was never able to cut the deficit to less than five. Again, good scoring opportunities refused to find the bottom of the net. Going into the fourth quarter Hyde trailed by ten points.

Key contributors off the bench included Emmitt Lane ‘17 (4 points, 6 rebounds), Jack Gao ‘18, Michael Lazarone ’17 (2 rebounds), Nolan Berry ’18, and Leo Zhao ’17. Michael Siben led all scorers with 25 points. Wayneflete ended up pulling away late in the fourth quarter and winning the game 51-35. Strong work by Wayneflete on the offensive boards gave the visitors many second chance opportunities to convert missed baskets. Although the Hyde boys were not able to pull out the victory, it was not due to a lack of effort or desire. Rather, missed baskets and a lack of ball movement and rebounding were what ultimately led to the defeat. The team has only had three practices and these are all things that can be improved through repetition and hard work. Hyde Thirds basketball is looking forward to practice this week and getting a result the next time out on the court.