Earns #2 seed
Prep Boys
After a 37-1 season, the Putnam Science Academy Mustangs earned the #2 seed in the National Prep Championship tournament at Connecticut College on March 6 and 7.
The defending champs from last year will play at 7 p.m. March 6 vs the winner of #10 Link Year Prep and #7 Hargrave Military Academy.
The Woodstock Academy Gold team took home the #1 ranking and will face either #8 Brewster Academy or #9 IMG Academy.
With a win in the first round, the Mustangs would then play the winner of #3 Scotland Campus Sports and #6 Northfield Mount Hermon at 1 p.m. March 7 before possibly playing in the National Championship Game at 7 p.m. March 7 down in New London.
The boys got there by defeating Upper Room Christian Academy 98-62 Feb. 25. Demarr Langford led PSA with 13 points adding 7 rebounds and 3 steals as the Mustangs made this one a one sided contest from the tip. Nate Stokes (11 points and 5 rebounds), Dan Porcic (10 points and 3 assists), Kareem Reid (12 points and 5 rebounds) and Abou Ousmane (12 points and 4 rebounds) all finished in double figures as PSA would then turn their attention to the Great Atlantic Conference Tournament. In the Semi-finals at home against Capital Prep Harbor, the Mustangs came out slow before holding the Sharks to just 19 2nd half points in a 113-53 laugher. PSA, as the #1 seed, imposed their will getting out in transition and flying high above the rim in the runaway victory.  Demarr Langford was again a big factor in the Mustangs win scoring a team high 19 points adding 6 steals, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. 7’0 big man Russel Tchewa used his size to dominate the much smaller Sharks as the Texas Tech commit had 18 points and 6’9 stretch forward Nate Stokes posted a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. The 36-1 Mustangs would move on the Great Atlantic Championship game versus Our Savior Lutheran.
Varsity Boys
The Varsity Boys team at Putnam Science Academy ended their season on a sour note, losing 3 straight games to end the season. PSA started the week off on the road and came out stagnant before losing to Upper Room Christian Academy 92-76. The Mustangs woke up in the second half but it was too late as the Royals had already blown the game wide open. Tyler Henry finished with 30 points for the Mustangs but that was about all the production PSA could muster after having to sit down their second leading scorer Justin Rodriguez for the season after battling with a knee injury. Putnam Science Academy earned the #1 seed in the Great Atlantic Conference tournament but were stunned in the semifinals dropping the game to Capital Prep Harbor 89-71. Jaiden Rivera led PSA with 23 points and Tyler Henry added 21 but the Sharks maintained the lead throughout the game and forced costly turnovers down the stretch. The Mustangs season is now over after posting an 18-12 record.  
Varsity Lady
Close games last week for the Putnam Science Academy Varsity team but the Lady Mustangs couldn’t find a way to pull off wins at home. The Lady Mustangs fell at home 48-46 to Redemption Christian Academy with the game coming right down to the wire. PSA had a chance to go for the win with guard Anna Doroshenko scooping up a loose ball at the top of the key trying to get a shot off but she fouled before the shot. The Lady Mustangs tried to get Nassarine Williams going to the basket but her shot wouldn’t fall as time expired. Williams led PSA with 9 points, Brianna Mead had 8 points and Alex Hutchins added 7 in the loss. The 10-10 Mustangs would then head into a big game March 1 vs Commonwealth Academy in the Post-Season High School Girls Invitational but ultimately lost 69-59. Doroshenko led Putnam Science with 17 points and got the ladies off to a great start providing 12 first half points. The Tornadoes of Commonwealth Academy maintained a steady lead throughout the 2nd half until Nassarine Williams caught fire. Williams scored 14 2nd half points and finished with 15 points total cutting the Tornadoes lead to just 2 points with 7 minutes to play. When Williams came out for a breather, the lead jumped back up to 10 for Commonwealth. Williams also added 11 rebounds posting a double-double in the tough loss to end the Mustangs season.
Varsity 2 Boys
The Varsity 2 Mustangs wrapped up their regular season moving to 18-6 on the year following a 66-55 win at home over Redemption Christian Academy. Zach Boulay led PSA with 21 points adding 8 rebounds and 8th grader Travis Mangual had a great game with 17 points, 6 steals, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Amir Sanders finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds for PSA who will play at St. Thomas More next Tuesday in an end of the year tournament that includes MacDuffie School and Redemption Christian Academy.  
Josh Sanchas
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy


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