Game 1: Win
Hyde Woodstock: 65
vs. Putnam Science Academy: 63
Game 2: Loss
Hyde Woodstock: 49
vs. Kimball Union Academy: 52
The boys varsity basketball team participated in the second annual Prep School Basketball Tournament at Putnam Science Academy that started Friday 24, February and ended Saturday 25, February. The first game against Putnam Science Academy resulted in a dramatic, great win. The Hyde Wolf Pack has not beaten the talented PSA mustangs for several years. Earlier this season, PSA defeated Hyde in a twenty-point loss, but, in this game, Hyde turned the tables. The Hyde Wolf Pack came out tentatively and played inconsistently in the first half, ending with a fourteen point deficit. A couple minutes into the second half, that deficit grew even bigger to a twenty-seven point disadvantage. After two time outs in the second half, the team’s energy, motivation, and heart kicked in. Team Captain, Robert Lewis ’13 initiated the comeback. In less than nine minutes on the clock, the team managed to score over thirty points to tie the game. With the cheering support of the Wolf Pack fans, the team ended with a two point victory in the final seconds.
Robert Lewis ’12 led the team scoring twenty points with three defensive rebounds, one steal, and three assists. Christian Ejiga ’13 followed closely with fifteen points, five defensive rebounds, one block, one steal, and one assist. Guards, Nasir Ibrahim ’12 and Jahvaney Beckford ’13 both had eleven points and one steal each. Scoring key free throws to seal the deal at the end of the game, Chad Bryant ’13 had eight points, two defensive rebounds, one block, two steals, and one assist.
The team’s hustle and effort resulted in a victory against PSA for the first time in many years.
As the team went on to championship game on Saturday, playing Kimball Union Academ, the Wolf Pack ended with a tough loss. At the end of a see-saw first half, the Wolf Pack was only down by six points. The team managed to gain a small lead at the start of the second half but couldn’t maintain it over the last five minutes of the game.
Christian Ejiga ’13 showed effort, scoring fifteen points with three defensive rebounds and one steal. Robert Lewis ’12 had fifteen points, three defensive rebounds and one steal. Following, Jahvaney Beckford ’13 scored thirteen points with two defensive rebounds and one steal.
Even though the Hyde Wolf Pack lost the tournament, each of the players showed dedication to the sport.
The Hyde Wolf Pack was placed as fifth seed in New Englands and will play Green Farms Academy on Wednesday 29, March. Go Wolf Pack!