Oh ’12, Leung ’11, Smachlo ’11 Sweep 200-yard Freestyle

Ray Barry ’11 dropped 27 points and dished out 8 assists in Andover’s victory over Worcester Academy on Friday. “I knew Ray was going to have a good game as soon as he hit a behind the back ‘and 1’ layup,” said Captain Mark Hanson ’11. “Everything was working for him. He was hitting his threes and he was very impressive in the open court. Most importantly, though, he ran the offense well and looked for our open shooters. His ability to drive and kick helped propel the team to victory.” Andover gained a 10-5 lead in the first two minutes of the game thanks to a balanced scoring attack, with four different players scoring. Worcester responded with two layups in a row to shrink Andover’s lead to two with eleven minutes left in the half, but Andover was able to maintain its lead for as Tom Palleschi ’12 scored four points in a row keep up the momentum. Barry displayed his agility with seven minutes left in the half as he beat the defender, drove to the basket, and knocked down an amazing reverse layup in traffic. After back-and-forth play in the late minutes of the first half, Andover went into half time with a 43-37 lead. The second half began just as well for Andover, as it outscored its opposition 14-11 in the first six minutes of the half with the help of three early three-pointers, one from Barry and two from Max Lippe ’11. Lippe had a strong day, going four for six from behind the arc and scoring fifteen points total. Worcester responded with two three-pointers in a row and a layup to take a 58-57 lead, but Andover held its ground. It scored eleven unanswered points within a two-minute span, putting the game out of reach for Worcester. After many late Worcester fouls to stop the clock, the game finished with Andover winning 85-73. “We played great together and we were able to execute on offense and knock down open shots,” said Ryan Hartung ’12, who contributed 18 points in the win. “Most people care about who scores the most points, but it’s players like Jamie Casselberry [‘11] who grabbed a couple huge rebounds and Gibby Graves [‘11] who played great defense the whole night that kept us going.” Hartung was also impressed with the level of intensity the entire team played with, especially against an opponent in a higher division. “The energy on the bench was great, and every time we scored or made a sub, the bench was up and yelling,” Hartung said. “It really helps to pump you up. It was also great to see such a big crowd in attendance.” “Everyone played a role in the victory,” said Hanson. “It also helped that Palleschi had all of his post moves on display and Hartung continued his hot streak from behind the arc.” Andover’s wednesday game against Tilton School was cancelled due to snow, giving Andover a long break to prepare for its next game against Thayer Academy (5-11).