This Saturday, Andover Boys Basketball looks to redeem itself against rivals Phillips Exeter Academy after losing 73-45 in January.
Though they hold a losing 7-15 record, Andover has practiced and drawn up plays to combat a 6-8 Exeter. The team hopes to take down Exeter at Andover/ Exeter for a second year in a row, having been an underdog last season.
Matteo Whelton ’20 said, “This is my first year here, and I have never experienced the thrill of beating our biggest rivals. I was very disappointed by our loss earlier in the season, and I hope to go out and get a win on Saturday.”
Having played Exeter already this season, the team feels prepared to face them again. Using game tape and experience, the team has prepared specifically to face Exeter’s team. Andover’s main focus for the weekend is to cut down on turnovers and to put up high percentage shots against Exeter.
Co-Captain Jason Reynolds ’18 said, “This is my last winter Andover/Exeter at Andover, so I want to go out with a win. The team and I feel more prepared for Exeter than we did earlier this year.”
The team enters the game on their longest streak of the season, recently extending its winning streak to three games.
Reynolds said, “The team is at its best right now. It took a while for us to find our way at the beginning of the season, but now our chemistry and spirit are at its highest.”
Whelton added, “We are playing well, and I am looking for this higher level of play by the team to continue on Saturday. It would be great to end the season on four wins.”