Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 27, 2014

Gritty Pisacreta fought his way to the top of the lineup for red hot boys basketball

Point guard Pisacreta has fought his way to the top

On the biggest stage of his varsity career, John Pisacreta shined his brightest.

He passed to set up teammates, slashed to the basket for points, knocked down shots from the outside, helped defend a Division 1 college recruit and, with the game still in question, sunk a pair of key free throws as Andover snapped a lengthy losing streak at Central Catholic last week.

Like he has throughout his basketball career, the Andover High point guard delivered everything asked of him and so much more.

“John is our energy,” Golden Warriors basketball coach David Fazio said. “He is our enthusiasm, our motor on the court. He is a self-made player who has earned everything every step of the way.”

For four seasons, Pisacreta has fought tooth-and-nail to carve out his position on the Andover basketball team. This season, that work has more than paid off.

As senior captain and starting point guard for the Golden Warriors, Pisacreta has emerged as a go-to player on both sides of the court for Andover, which has surged to a 16-4 record and the No. 3 seed in the Division 1 North tournament. The Warriors were scheduled to begin play against Billerica on Tuesday.

“This season has been a blast,” Pisacreta said. “But now we want to make it a special (playoff) run.

“My goal out there is to do whatever is needed of me to help the team win. If we are winning, I will keep doing what is working, and if we lose, I will change. That is what matters to me and the team.”

Pisacreta seems to have found that perfect balance this season, averaging 7.4 points while playing the distributor role setting up superstar scorers David Giribaldi and E.J. Perry IV.

“He is awesome,” Perry IV said following the Central game. “John is a true point guard. He makes everyone on the court better.”

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