2/15/24 – Boys JV Basketball @ Putnam Science V

Photo Credit Ariana Hernandez

“Uncomfortable” Mariners Fall for Second Time in Meeting with Mustangs


In their second meeting of the year, a contest the Mariners were eagerly anticipating, Putnam Science put on an offensive and defensive clinic, and proved why they are one of the elite basketball programs in the country. From the opening tip, the Mariners were pressured, and forced to start their offense from uncomfortable positions. Putnam did an excellent job dictating tempo on the defensive end, and it felt like Rocky Hill never managed to get comfortable the entire game.

On defense, the Mariners were lost. Putnam’s off ball action was exquisite and varied, leading to a barrage of open threes to start the game. Communication was poor, and Rocky Hill spent much of their time on defense chasing rather than dictating. The Mariners went into the half down 47 to 21, with no answers.

Out of the half, things improved – Jacob Lax ’26 (Hope, RI) and Jack Casey ’25 (South Kingstown, RI) showed again how valuable their presence was, and were some of the only players willing to be assertive. They dove on the floor, attacked the glass, and were willing to get physical. They chipped in 9 and 7 points respectively, and were the only reason this game didn’t turn out even uglier.

Ultimately, the contest was never close, closing 70-40 Putnam. The Mariners leave this game humbled, but hungry to get back at it and close out their season strong in the weeks ahead.