Hyde-Woodstock Boys Varsity Basketball Team Wins NEPSAC Championship

March 4, 2012
NEPSAC Class C Championship Game at Avon Old Farms, CT

Hyde Woodstock (#5) 64
Hebron Academy (#7) 53

Hyde-Woodstock captured the NEPSAC Class C championship with a 64 -53 win against Hebron Academy in a bracket-busting tournament. After defeating the number one seed Hamden Hall Hornets, the Wolf Pack lined up against Hebron’s competitive squad for the third time this season. Like the Wolf Pack, Hebron had come together late in the season, using effective outside shooting and skilled athleticism to find their way into the championship game. The Wolf Pack would enter the contest with a size advantage in the interior, Christian Ejiga ’13, and a host of players who could cover multiple positions, including Wolf Pack captain, Rob Lewis ’12, who earned recognition as the tournament’s most valuable player.

The game opened with an impressive run by the Wolf Pack, which continued the hallmarks of its late season success: aggressive defensive pressure and improved offensive ball movement. Ejiga established Hyde’s interior game with six rebounds, two assists, and nine points in the first half. Lewis and Chad Bryant ’13 added assists to stretch the lead as well. However, the team grew over-confident and played sloppily in the waning minutes of the first half, allowing Hebron’s resilient squad to demonstrate the tenacity which had gotten it to the final. Hebron barraged the Wolf Pack with three point shots and driving attacks to draw the game to 32 -32 at half time.

Coming out of the locker rooms, both squads increased their defensive effort, but the Wolf Pack soon mounted a double-digit lead behind Jahvaney Beckford’s ’13 fourteen point offensive onslaught, many of which he earned at the free throw line. The Wolf Pack guards, Lewis and Nasir Ibrahim ’12 controlled the ball on both ends of the court with, collectively, seven steals, five deflections, five defensive rebounds and fourteen points scored in the second half. Meanwhile, forward Evan Dienstag ’12 came off the bench to stabilize Hyde’s interior defense while Ejiga was saddled by foul trouble. In final minutes, Hyde’s starters were called to the bench to the cheers of the Wolf Pack fans, who were ready to celebrate the 64 – 53 championship victory under Head Coach Tom Bragg.

Team Total: 22-42 FGM-FGA (52%), 2-6 3PM-3PA (33%), 18-28 FTM-FTA (64%), 6-23 OR-TR, 10 A, 11 S, 0 B, 15 PF, 64 TP

Beckford 5-7 FGM-FGA (71%), 0-0 3PM-3PA (0%), 10-15 FTM-FTA (67%), 1-4 OR-TR, 0 A, 2 S, 0 B, 2 PF, 20 TP

Bryant 1-3 FGM-FGA (33%), 1-3 3PM-3PA (33%), 1-2 FTM-FTA (50%), 0-1 OR-TR, 3 A, 0 S, 0 B, 4 PF, 4 TP

Dienstag 0-0 FGM-FGA (0%), 0-0 3PM-3PA (0%), 0-0 FTM-FTA (0%), 1-1 OR-TR, 0 A, 0 S, 0 B, 1 PF, 0 TP

Ejiga 5-11 FGM-FGA (45%), 0-0 3PM-3PA (0%), 2-4 FTM-FTA (50%), 3-6 OR-TR, 2 A, 1 S, 0 B, 4 PF, 12 TP

Ibrahim 5-11 FGM-FGA (45%), 0-2 3PM-3PA (0%), 3-5 FTM-FTA (60%), 0-5 OR-TR, 0 A, 5 S, 0 B, 3 PF, 13 TP

Lewis 6-10 FGM-FGA (60%), 1-1 3PM-3PA (100%), 2-2 FTM-FTA (100%), 1-6 OR-TR, 5 A, 3 S, 0 B, 1 PF, 15 TP

Pan 0-0 FGM-FGA (0%), 0-0 3PM-3PA (0%), 0-0 FTM-FTA (0%), 0-0 OR-TR, 0 A, 0 S, 0 B, 0 PF, 0 TP

Smaldone 0-0 FGM-FGA (0%), 0-0 3PM-3PA (0%), 0-0 FTM-FTA (0%), 0-0 OR-TR, 0 A, 0 S, 0 B, 0 PF, 0 TP

Felder 0-0 FGM-FGA (0%), 0-0 3PM-3PA (0%), 0-0 FTM-FTA (0%), 0-0 OR-TR, 0 A, 0 S, 0 B, 0 PF, 0 TP

Read President of Hyde Schools Malcolm Gauld’s write up about the championship game and the road to victory in his latest BLOG POST.