Injury-Riddled Andover Suffers Three Losses

Henry Meyers PG’20 previously played on Blair Academy’s Varsity Basketball team before coming to Andover.

Andover fell to Blair 87-59 and Hun School 63-51 in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament in New Jersey last weekend. The team also lost to Holderness 65-43 on Wednesday to put its current record at 0-3.

Against Blair and Hun, the team played inconsistently, finding it difficult to maintain constant energy, focus, and effort, according to Co-Captain Dallion Johnson ’20 and Head Coach Terrell Ivory ’00.

“Our energy needs to be more consistent. At times it was high and other times it was very low. If we maintain a higher energy level we will play better,” said Johnson.

Ivory said, “I think our effort was right there where I wanted it to be but we just need to be more consistent and if we do that then we will be more successful than we have been in the last two days.”

Although the team didn’t play as well as hoped, Johnson and Bube Momah ’22 stood out by leading the team in scoring.

“I would say in both games— against Blair and against Hun — I would say Dallion and Bube [stood out] because they were the leading scorers. Nick Thomas [’21] did a really good job yesterday bringing good energy and getting rebounds while helping out on defense,” said Ivory.

In its game against Holderness, the team was able to put together a few good possessions but wasn’t able to finish with a win, according to Johnson.

“There were very good points of the game where we played together, moved the ball well, and executed, but we still have a lot to work on… This loss will help us learn and build alongside each other,” said Johnson.

Suffering from several injuries to key players, such as Co-Captain Matteo Whelton ’20, Noah Dinkins PG’20, and Thomas, the team will need to adjust its game plan for its upcoming games, according to Ivory.

“Matteo hurt his knee over the summer, Noah sprained his ankle yesterday, and Nick Thomas hurt his foot today. Right now, three of our starters are not playing and so I would say that the biggest thing in mind is that we have to figure out a way to right the ship and part of that is dealing with the unexpected adversity that we’re facing,” said Ivory.

The team will look to get back on track with a win in its tournament at Babson this Sunday.