GAME 1: Hyde (ME): 68 Hyde ( CT): 39
Friday’s game was the final matchup between Hyde and Hyde. 20+ years of intense matchups and great sportsmanship would come to an end in front of a huge crowd Friday night. The intensity and emotion was evident from the tip as both teams searched for a signature win to begin the season.
Our preparation for this game was key. After having to experience two losses in a row, our guys were extremely hungry for two home games and this showed in practice. This preparation also translated to the game. The ball was zipping up the court, we defended with intensity and shared the ‘rock’. Miguel Prieto 17’ brought his trademark home energy to this one, hitting from deep and delivering well timed passes to big man Christian Beeke ’19. In the first half, we went on a 16-2 run to start the game, prompting Woodstock to call a timeout and the crowd exploded! What a great atmosphere. Beeke stole the show towards the end of the first. He ripped by his man and through down a monster dunk. Exciting!
The Phoenix kept up the attack in the second half. Senior Noah West was electric again and key Junior Edwin Ezedonmwen hit a variety of three pointers. Edwin gives us a different level of play this season and is also a dynamic defender. We are lucky to have him.
The bench in this game was also key for the Phoenix. Seniors Greg Kidger, Jerry Wright and Aman Wisdom all played quality minutes and proved that they were ready to play at any time. A great result for the Phoenix and we wish our friends at Woodstock the very best the rest of the season.
Game 2: Hyde: 70 Kents Hill: 49
The 11:30 tip for the title game in this matchup proved to be a bit of a challenge for fans and players. However, the Phoenix brought the defense and offensive explosions from Noah West and Christian Beeke allowed us to control the game from the tip.
Kents Hill is always a well coached, tough opponent. We knew we’d have to play hard and together and we will see them a few more times this season. The Phoenix defense was impressive in this one, getting a number of deflections from Junior Edwin Ezedonmwen and energy from Junior Serge Mudogo and Senior Greg Kidger. Senior Noah West continued his tear, scoring 28 points including 4 three pointers. Noah continues to catch the eye of college coaches with his play.
The development of big man Christian Beeke 19’ was also on hand for this one. Our point guard Miguel Prieto had 6 assists in the contest, 5 of them to Beeke on well timed offensive sets. Beeke scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Our bench also came to play with good minutes from seniors Aman Wisdom, Jerry Wright, Se Jun Kim, and Parker Ward. Great to see everyone get minutes and a chance to contribute. We were very proud to take home the title and gain some momentum for our final week in December.
We finish Dec. with matchups on the road against St. Georges and a tough test vs Maryland power Avalon at the Saint Andrews XMAS tournament, Dec 17. Hope our fans continue to follow along and support our hard working, and tons of fun group of young men.