Hyde-Woodstock edges out PSA, 65-63

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Tue., Feb. 28, 2012
A jubilant Hyde-Woodstock Wolfpack after their come-from-behind win over PSA. Photo by D. Coffey.
A jubilant Hyde-Woodstock Wolfpack after their come-from-behind win over PSA. Photo by D. Coffey.

Hyde-Woodstock's Chad Bryant went to the free throw line with 15 seconds left in a game against the Putnam Science Academy on Feb. 24. The Wolfpack had clawed its way back from a 15-point deficit at the half. It was Bryant who pushed them into the winner's circle finally. He had four crucial free throws in the waning seconds and he made three of them. The Wolfpack left as victors in a 65-63 win.

The first half saw the Mustangs running roughshod over the Wolfpack. Mustang guard Johnny Joseph sank four three-pointers in the first half. Dayshon Smith, Shawn Lock and Oscar Assie contributed another four three-pointers. When they went to the locker room, PSA led 39-24.

“We gave up too many three-pointers,” Hyde-Woodstock coach Tom Bragg admitted after the game. “We talked about that during the half." And he found a way for Paul Ron to step up his play when he went in for center Christian Ejiga, who got into early foul trouble. The coach's adjustments worked when they came out in the second half, but not before the Mustangs stretched the lead to 29.

“Ejiga came out and asserted himself with his intensity,” Bragg said. “He took the ball to the basket.”

Hyde-Woodstock chipped away steadily, scoring 41 points to take the win. “We wanted to get them to make poor decisions,” said Bragg. “And that's what happened.  We moved the ball very well in the transition offense – they did a very good job tonight.”
PSA's Keon Scott was held to three points in the first half. In the second, Scott couldn't keep up with or block out Ejiga, who was firing on all cylinders.

Ejiga scored 15 points, Robert Lewis scored 20 points, and Jahvaney Beckford and Nasir Ibraham each contributed 11 points.
Putnam's Johnny Joseph scored 20 points and Dayshon Smith scored 12 for the Mustangs.

Friday's game was part of the Second Annual Northeast Preparatory School Tournament hosted by Putnam Science Academy. The tournament brought together four teams. Christian Heritage and Kimball Union Academy played in an earlier game on Friday, and KU came out the winner. A championship game between Hyde-Woodstock and KU was held on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Wolfpack lost the game, 49-52.

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