Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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March 13, 2014

Thrill-a-second Warriors advance to North final with win over Everett

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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.

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