PSA Mustangs run away with game, 72-58

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Tue., Feb. 14, 2012
Oscar Assie gets low to box out a MacDuffie player. Photos by D. Coffey.
Oscar Assie gets low to box out a MacDuffie player. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Putnam Science Academy boys’ basketball team stopped a late burst by MacDuffie to finish on top, 72-58, on Feb. 13. The Mustangs were missing some key players, and coach Tom Espinosa had been concerned heading into the game. “Our strengths are our quickness and athleticism,” Espinosa said, “but we aren't that deep. With three players short, it's good we came out with a W.”

PSA increased its lead gradually, until it led MacDuffie 37-28 at the half. MacDuffie's big center, Kerem Kanter, was hard to stop. With just three minutes left in the game, MacDuffie pulled to within four points of PSA, 53-57.

The Mustangs called a time-out, made a few adjustments, changed things up on defense, and pulled away again. “I thought we'd eventually wear them out,” Espinosa said.

PSA's Dayshon Smith led all scorers with 23 points. Espinosa called him the team's “go-to guy.” Smith, who has received offers from five Division 1 teams, played like a Division 1 player today, his coach said. “He shot the ball well and he played hard,” Espinosa said.

Shawn Lawton had 15 points, Keon Scott had 13, and Oscar Assie had 12 points. Arif Mehmedovic added nine more from the bench.

Espinosa gave kudos to Keon Scott for playing all out. “This was his best game of the year,” Espinosa said. “”He really ran up and down that floor. I'm proud of him. We really needed him today.”

The win brings PSA's record to 17-7. With five more games to play in the season, Espinosa is looking to finish out the season strong.

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