Phoenix soar into 2017, take down Winchendon
Hyde: 80 Winchendon: 71
After a week of work and a trip to Eustis, we had circled this matchup on our schedule: a tilt on the road vs a very talented Winchendon squad. We prepared for size, skill and a real test and in this one, we got all three and were pushed to our limits.
We started extremely slow in the early goings and found ourselves down, 16-5. After two quick timeouts, the offense began to improve due to the play of captain Miguel Prieto. Prieto orchestrated a solid attack and defense energy from Noah West and Prieto led to tough finishes in transition by fellow senior Khalil Depass. Depass led us into halftime with 8 first half points and we led 37-36.
The story of the second half was our pressure defense and an offensive explosion from Prieto, Junior Edwin Ezedonmwen was extremely solid on the defensive end, shutting down a talented player on the Winch. Squad. Prieto scored 14 points in a row to close down the second half and subsequently, the game. A great win for our program!
Prieto led the way with 30 points and 7 steals. West was solid with 18 points and 7 rebounds, Ezedonnmwen chipped in with 14 points an 4 steals. Great leadership by Serge Mudogo, Greg Kidger and Depass. We improve to 6-2!
Phoenix take care of business in MAISAD, earn easy victories.
Hyde: 78 Hebron: 37
It has been a point of emphasis this season to control what we can. We enjoy playing at THE JOE and Friday’s performance certainly was one the home fans enjoyed.
The story of this game was the play of JR Christian Beeke 6’7 and Haris Layn 6’5. Layn has returned to the Phoenix after a lengthy football related injury. It is great to have him back. Our big men controlled the paint on offense and defense, and combined for 30 points, 25 reb and 6 blocks. Impressive!
The highlight of this one came from our senior Providence born backcourt. Senior Miguel Prieto stole an inbound pass and lobbed it up to Noah West for a massive jam. West seemed to float in mid air which is quite a site, especially for a person who gets excited when he grabs the rim ( THAT’S ME! ).
Solid victory in front of the home fans. All 13 players on the roster played and contributed. Se Jun Kim and Marlon James had great energy off the bench, and kept on the pressure.
Next up? New Hampton B on the road. Go Phoenix.
Hyde: 77 New Hampton B: 47
To end our four game week, we took to the road, traveling to NH. 4 hours on a bus before a game is a challenge and we showed tired legs in the early going’s. New Hampton played very tough and we found the game tied with 10 minutes gone.
Noah West and Miguel Prieto led the team in this one. West was exemplary, cutting, dishing and swishing throughout. He had a season high 30 points and a number of impressive jams. The Phoenix were also sparked by the solid play of center Haris Layn. Layn had 7 points, 8 reb and 2 blocks including an impressive and one.
Senior Khalil Depass also made a big impact off the bench, scoring 15 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. We closed out NH in the second half and Jerry Wright impressed as the point guard the final 6 minutes. Solid road win.
The Phoenix improved to 8-2 and have won 8 in a row. We return home to the JOE next week, looking to keep the momentum up.