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March 6, 2014

Andover boys thrill in tourney run

Boys net pair ofheart-stopping tournament wins

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Added co-captain Merinder, “I knew I just had to do everything I could to get Giri the ball. He was amazing.”

The Indians stunned the Golden Warriors out of the gates, starting the game on a 18-3 run and holding the Warriors to just one basket in the first 6:48 of play. Billerica then ended the half on a 11-2 run to take a 47-39 lead into the break.

“I don’t think we lost confidence, but we were definitely worried,” Merinder said “We had to settle into our game. We had to find our strengths.”

Following buckets by Giribaldi, Pisacreta and Perry IV to end the third period, the Warriors trailed 47-39 heading into the stretch.

But the Warriors began a comeback. Ryan O’Connell forced a turnover then hit a jumper and Giribaldi nailed a three-pointer with a minute left to make it a one-point game. The Warriors fouled, and Billerica went 0 for 2 from the line, then Giribaldi worked his magic.

“We only have one chance at this and that is it,” Merinder said. “It is do or die.”

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