Varsity Basketball

Andover Central adjusts in victory

AUGUSTA — Andover Central's game plan was assuming an Augusta zone defense.

Instead, Augusta's boys played a pressure man-to-man defense and essentially shell-shocked Central, which trailed by as many as eight in the first quarter.

A strong second half that included a 25-9 run over the final 13 minutes helped Andover Central overcome the bad start to win 64-48.

"We came out so tentative and after last Friday, I would have thought we would have been a little more hungry," Andover Central coach Jesse Herrmann said about his team losing a double-digit lead to Collegiate last week. "Luckily, we found our appetite in the second half."

What fueled that hunger were some offensive adjustments and a decisive height advantage.

The Jaguars held Augusta scoreless for nearly nine minutes in the second half.

"We were so much more aggressive in the second half," Herrmann said. "I thought we executed better and made more of an effort in getting to the basket."

Instead of sticking with its motion offense, which yielded 46-percent first-half shooting, Central (2-1) switched to a spread offense and occasionally mixed in a high-post attack.

In the second half, the Jaguars shot 53 percent and most of their shots came off layups or post-up opportunities near the basket.

Marshall Miller had a game-high 19 points for Central and Randall Vautravers added 18.

"We talked about being more fluent on offense and moving the ball around," Miller said. "In the second half we passed the ball better and the offense came more easy to us."

With four players starting that are 6-4 or taller, the Jaguars used its size and length to out-rebound the Orioles 33-20 and often limited Augusta (1-2) to one shot.

"We realized that we had to step up and bring more energy," Vautravers said. "At halftime we figured that out and we played much better in the second half."

Andover Central (2-1)..... 19 15 13 17 — 64 Augusta (1-2) 18 15 8 7 — 48

ANDOVER CENTRAL: Anderson 10, Miller 19, Vautravers 18, Stiverson 9, Wilks 4, Lock 4. Totals 24 (4) 12-17 64.

AUGUSTA: Carman 14, Furr 6, Smith 4, Erwin 2, Clausing 4, Patterson 5, Goines 4, Richmond 9. Totals 17 (5) 9-19 48.

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