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January 3, 2013

Speedy Silveira a go-to guy for Golden Warriors

Some struggle under the hottest spotlights. Andover’s Max Silveira excelled.

Silveira, who averaged 6.2 points as a part-time starter last year and was averaging 8.7 points in Andover’s first three games this season, exploded for a career-high 17 points, including hitting 11 of 12 from the free throw line, in a huge victory over rival North Andover in the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney this winter.

Andover coach David Fazio wasn’t sure that Silveira would develop into a ballplayer when he moved to Andover from Wakefield four years ago. But the senior point guard has stepped up as a key player for the Golden Warriors this season.

“His improvement over the last four years has been remarkable,” said Fazio. “He’s a much better athlete than anyone gives him credit for.”

Much taller, too!

A disappointed Silveira just shook his head when a preseason basketball previews and the Christmas Tourney program listed him at 5-11.

“At the doctor, I was measured at 6-feet and three quarters of an inch!” he insisted.

He’s measured up just fine for the Blue and Gold. Especially when the lights shine brightest, which he proved again in the tourney opener and last winter when he scored his previous career high of 15 points against Central.

“At the end of the game, we want the ball in his hands,” said Fazio. “He’s at his best in the big games.”

Silveira, who attended the Pike School in Andover while growing up in Wakefield, said he’s been thinking of adding another sport.

Andover assistant coach Carol Martini was so impressed watching Silveira play touch football in gym class that she encouraged him to go out for the varsity team. He nearly did.

Although he’s just 150 pounds, he said fear never entered the equation.

“I used to play in middle school,” explained Silveira. “I was a running back. I think I could definitely take the hits.”

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