Wolfpack Boys V Basketball Wins First Round NEPSAC

2/27/13

NEPSAC  CLASS C TOURNAMENT

Providence Country Day               25 58

Hyde Woodstock                             26 67

The Hyde Woodstock boys varsity basketball team hosted Providence Country Day on Wednesday 27, February for the opening round of the NEPSAC Class C tournament. Hyde—Woodstock was the fourth seed and had lost previously to P.C.D. in the closing minute of a regular season game, so the Wolfpack planned to slow P.C.D.’s transition offense and three-point shooting.

 

The game was evenly matched through six minutes of play, when the score was 5-5. Hyde’s Christian Ejiga ’13 kept missing shots in the paint, and Julian Mardenli PG was overshooting the rim from beyond the arc. With just over three minutes to play in the first half, P.C.D. took a 16-18 point lead while Hyde struggled to utilize its size advantage effectively. Mardenli rallied the Wolfpack crowd with an exciting slam dunk from the baseline. Coach Tom Bragg went to players from the bench, and Harrison Smith ’14 made a three to edge Hyde into a 24-22 lead with a minute left. This seemed to energize point guard Tyquan Ekejiuba PG, who raced through P.C.D.’s defense to finish an up-and-under layup. Hyde led 26-25 at halftime.

The second half proved that hard work rewards. Ejiga, Mardenli, and Ken Grant ’14 have spent years practicing their craft, so they allowed their skills and experience to balance against their over-enthusiastic emotions. Grant repeatedly worked a high-low game with Ejiga, who made eight more baskets, and Mardenli and Ekejiuba made clutch three point shots to stretch Hyde’s lead to 65-55 in the closing minutes of the game. P.C.D. displayed resolve, effort and good sportsmanship, but the Wolfpack proved to be the better team and won 67-58.

Hyde Woodstock plays against top-seeded Greens Farm Academy at 5:00PM, Friday 1, March.

 

FGM-FGA, 3PM-3PA, FTM-FTA, OR-TR, A, S, B, PF, PTS

TEAM                    27-56 FGM-FGA (48%), 6-16 3PM-3PA (38%), 7-11 FTM-FTA (64%), 11-32 OR-TR, 10 A, 8 S, 6 B, 9 PF, 67 TP

Djurisic                 DNP

Ejiga                       9-18 FGM-FGA (50%), 0-1 3PM-3PA (0%), 2-4 FTM-FTA (50%), 6-12 OR-TR, 0 A, 2 S, 2 B, 1 PF, 20 TP

Ekejiuba               4-8 FGM-FGA (50%), 1-1 3PM-3PA (100%), 2-3 FTM-FTA (67%), 2-6 OR-TR, 4 A, 2 S, 0 B, 2 PF, 11 TP

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

Grant                    6-9 FGM-FGA (67%), 0-1 3PM-3PA (0%), 0-0 FTM-FTA (0%), 2-4 OR-TR, 4 A, 1 S, 4 B, 0 PF, 12 TP

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

Larsen                   DNP

Mardenli              6-12 FGM-FGA (50%), 4-10 3PM-3PA (40%), 3-3 FTM-FTA (100%), 0-3 OR-TR, 0 A, 2 S, 0 B, 1 PF, 19 TP

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

McLaughlin         DNP

Patterson            DNP

Smith 2-3             FGM-FGA (67%), 1-2 3PM-3PA (50%), 0-0 FTM-FTA (0%), 1-2 OR-TR, 2 A, 0 S, 0 B, 0 PF, 5 TP

Valentine            DNP

Yao                         DNP