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January 24, 2013

Dowden, Dunn have Central in their sights

Dowden, Dunn lead veteran crew taking aim at rival Central

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“This senior group is tremendous,” said Golden Warriors coach David Fazio. “They have done a great job leading this group.”

The stalwart

For the last four years, the name Sam Dowden has been synonymous with Andover High basketball.

The forward/center broke into the Golden Warriors’ starting lineup as a freshman, and hasn’t looked back on his way to a tremendous four-year career.

“Sam is just amazing,” said Dunn. “He is the hardest worker I have ever been around, in basketball and school work. He has had four great years, and for the last two he has really led us and driven us to be better.”

An All-MVC selection as a sophomore, Dowden hit new heights last season when he averaged 14.5 points and seven rebounds a game.

The 6-foot-4 forward/center has been even better this winter. He is averaging 15.5 points a game, including 26 in the Christmas Tourney win over North Andover and 20 in a victory over Brockton. That all while serving as a stellar low-post defender and rebounder

“He is the heart and soul of our program,” said Fazio last season. “He is one of the most dedicated players I have had in my 23 years.”

Dowden said the challenges he faced early on, like defending former Central 7-footer and top Division 1 recruit Carson Desrosiers, only made him tougher.

“Playing Carson was a great experience and made me improve,” said Dowden. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a player. Obviously I’m bigger and stronger, but I also feel like I am much more versatile. I have a better all-around game.”

The marksman

If anyone in the MVC didn’t know Chris Dunn’s name heading into last week, they certainly did after last Tuesday’s win over Tewksbury.

Scoring 32 points, including five 3-pointers, is bound to bring some attention.

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