Hyde: 78 Avalon ( MD )- 62
Due to the weather, we planned our trip for the final game in December a day early. We left school on Friday and traveled to Woodstock CT to stay overnight. I’d like to take the time to thank all the faculty and staff at Woodstock for having us on two trips. You made this one possible and our guys had the opportunity to meet a variety of college coaches at the showcase. Thanks again!
Late in September, we accepted a rare offer by Coach Mike Hart to attend the Saint Andrew Xmas classic—one of the premier holiday showcases in New England. We knew we would face stiff competition. Avalon is a school from Maryland who has college ready players and a ton of firepower. It was a great game to schedule before break.
We started the first half with solid defensive energy, as Junior Serge Mudogo had an impact early on with his physicality and rebounding. Serge did a fantastic job the first two positions on Avalon’s best player, a rugged 6’5 G/F. This set the tone for the game, especially as we struggled on offense. Junior Edwin Ezeondwen had a solid first half, converting two three point FG and anchoring the top of our zone. Edwin has been such an addition to our squad and continues to improve. Despite struggling at the end of the half, we led by 4 at the whistle.
We knew Avalon had firepower, especially from three. They showed us a different look with 4 three’s in a row to start the half. We found the game tied at 41 and in a tough situation—give in or put one final effort before break? The story of this one was the homecoming feel for guards Miguel Prieto and Noah West. The guards combined for 56 points and 11 assists in this one and took control of the game after the timeout. Fellow senior Khalil Depass had his best game of the season, adjusting his cuts to beat Avalon’s 2-3 zone and converted all of his layups. It was great to see Khalil return from a tough situation and show his skills in front of college coaches.
We pulled away with about 2 minutes left and earned one of our best victories of the season. The Phoenix improved to 4-2 with 4 wins in a row before break. We are excited for what Jan. brings and are dreaming big!