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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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“Chris has stepped up and been great,” said Dowden. “He has improved so much this season. He worked so hard and he’s made himself into a great player, shooter and scorer.”

Not that Dunn was too shabby a season ago. Stepping into a prominent role, in 2011-12, Dunn averaged 9.2 points a game last season, including 44 3-pointers.

But in the offseason, the 6-foot guard set his eyes on expanding his game.

This season, Dunn has averaged 14.0 points per game, including 32 3-pointers. His two biggest games were his last, the 32-point day against Tewksbury and 19-point performance against North Andover.

“I know that I am a shooter first,” said Dunn. “But I felt like, as a senior, it’s my time to step up and play an all-around game. Especially when I was named a captain, I knew it was my time.”

The crew

While Dowden and Dunn have taken many of the headlines, the Golden Warriors have gotten plenty from a senior core that include Tyler Verrette, Evan Singleton, Max Silveira, Greg Dreyfus and Jack Konevich.

“This is an amazing group,” said Dowden. “We just want to win. We work so hard every day in practice together and want what’s best for the team.

“Now, if we can beat Central, that would be a huge boost. I don’t know what the last time Andover won at Central Catholic was.”

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