By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix boys’ varsity basketball team went 2-1 in its last 3 games and now has a 5-3 overall record.
On Dec. 20, the Firebirds topped Jordan-Elbridge in the opening round of The Cato Christmas Tournament 57-50.
On Dec. 21, Phoenix fell to county foe Hannibal in The Championship Game of The Cato Christmas Tournament 48-46. Phoenix escaped with a hard fought win over Bishop Grimes on Jan. 4.
In the Jordan-Elbridge game, the Eagles had a 2-point lead over Phoenix after the first quarter and added to its lead in the second quarter, taking a 28-22 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Phoenix outscored Jordan-Elbridge by 9 points to take a 3-point lead and then secured the win during the fourth quarter
Leading the way for Phoenix was Dylan Doupe with 14 points, followed by Connor Haney and Zach Sisera with 12 points each. Shaun Turner scored 8 points and Bryce Plante chipped in 5 points.
Hannibal escaped with a hard fought 48-46 win over Phoenix on Dec. 21 in The Championship Game of The Cato Christmas Tournament (see Hannibal basketball story).
Phoenix the came back with an impressive win over Bishop Grimes Jan. 4. After a competitive first quarter, Phoenix had a 1-point lead over Bishop Grimes. The second quarter also was competitive and the game went into the half with the teams tied at 26.
Phoenix built a 3-point lead during the third quarter and then maintained it down the stretch, holding on for the 55-52 win.
The Firebirds were led by Brian Sawyer with 14 points, followed by Connor Haney with 12 points, Dylan Doupe scored 10 points, Walker Connoly added 7 points and Bryce Plante and Zach Sisera scored 5 points each.