Post-Graduate (PG) Kailan Lee ’17 executed a quick crossover to lose his defender, then pulled up to the 3-point line to sink an early jump shot for Andover Boys Basketball against Williston Northampton last Saturday. Ultimately, Andover went on to lose the game by a score of 83-54, bringing its record to 6-13.
Andover struggled to communicate on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The team struggled to run its sets on offense, while also allowing open shots to Williston on the other end.
Akshay Mundra ’18 said, “We weren’t communicating well during the game, so we’ve really been focusing on improving on that during practice this week. If we play together and communicate well, I like our chances this Saturday.”
Jackson Emus ’19 said, “A lot of times we get a little too caught up in our set plays, and we don’t try to push the ball as much as we should. On defense we are really trying to work on playing help defense and not have so many lapses leading to open threes and layups.”
In 50-50 situations, Andover often lost the battle for the possession of the ball. Williston secured many loose balls and offensive rebounds, leading to easy breakaways and baskets on the offensive end. By the end of full time, the game had lost much of its intensity, according to the players.
“We got outworked on offense and defense. We need to execute better on both ends of the court and compete as hard as we can for the whole game,” said Mundra.
After the loss, the team has been working hard in practice in hopes of securing a victory in its final home game against Pingree this Saturday.
“There were not many positives from last game, but we are going to come out next game and give 100 percent and execute on offense and defense,” said PG James Lewis ’17.