In the second half of the team’s game against Worcester Academy, Bube Momah ’22 stole the ball and dunked from near the free throw line on a breakaway. Andover Boys Basketball eventually fell to Worcester 88-78 on Friday. Saturday, the team beat Deerfield Academy 55-44 and Milton 72-67 this past Wednesday. The team’s record now stands at 7-6.
In Andover’s game against Deerfield, the team played its first game with a motion offense, according to Head Coach Terrell Ivory ’00 and Co-Captain Matteo Whelton ’20.
“We just really started running motion offense. It’s not a structured offense, but it’s more of an offense where you read and react,” said Ivory.
Whelton added, “We played very well as a team today, we’ve been trying to improve moving the ball and playing as a team and today we started to do that. I think a big part of that is our motion offense, we’ve been working on it at practice and it paid off today.”
According to Noah Dinkins PG’20 and Co-Captain Dallion Johnson ’20, the team has begun to play more as a team than it had previously.
“We didn’t come out with the energy that we should have but we were able to pick it up a little as the game went on. There were times that we were out of sorts on offense and defense, but we made adjustments. We played down to the competition for most of the game because we were better on paper, but we really had to grind it out towards the end to secure the win,” said Dinkins.
Johnson added, “In the last two games, our energy was very high, especially in the first half of the games because we were playing really well, we were sharing the ball while communicating with each other.”
Against Deerfield and Milton, the team’s strength rested on its offensive skills, according to Johnson and Ivory.
“We definitely moved the ball really well. We got a lot of open shots, everybody was scoring, hitting threes. We definitely played more together as a team,” said Johnson.
Ivory added, “Not that we were playing selfish at all, but we recognized that we’re much more effective when we play more as a team. Sometimes, it looks selfish, but when guys are playing a lot of one-on-one, they’re trying to help. They think that’s the way they can help the team. What we’ve been trying to emphasize in practice this week is that you don’t have to do that.”
Andover will host Loomis Chaffee this Friday night and travel to Noble & Greenough this Saturday.