But back came Everett. Trailing 41-32 after three quarters, the Crimson Tide’s aggressive defense began to force Andover into mistakes that led to points the other way.
With a little more than two minutes left in the game, the Tide had cut the Warrior advantage to 44-42.
That was when Perry returned to the court after a brief stint on the bench and delivered a crucial 3-pointer from the elbow. “I knew I had to redeem myself,” the freshman said.
But Everett responded with a pair of buckets. Merinder answered with a lay-up to put Andover ahead 49-46, then the Crimson Tide broke free for another hoop to bring them within one point of the Warriors.
After a missed free throw, Everett rebounded the ball with 13 seconds left and attacked, but Merinder was there to force the miss and grab the final rebound to secure the win.