New team takes league by storm

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 The Andover Showtime team includes, front row, from left: Tareq Abo-Laban, Omar Abo-Laban, Owen Foley, Conor Rea, Will Entner, Ryan Duffy and Aryan Patel. Back row: Assistant Coach Josh Entner, Morgan Beck, Davis Witman, Nick Tuminowski, Trey Durant, Head Coach Adam Beck, Christopher Savino, Liam Finn and Assistant Coach Ted Finn.

Andover Showtime, a newly created travel basketball team in Andover made up of 5th- to 7th-graders, did quite well in its inaugural season, according to head coach Adam Beck.

Beck said the boys, some of whom had been cut by the Andover Warriors travel team, had a recordof 20-15, and ended up in first place in the 7th Grade Division of the North Shore Basketball Association.

"We then won a double elimination playoff against an all-7th grade Danvers team in the championship game on March 10," he said. The team was able to overcome adversity, he said, noting that the group didn't even have a home court. "We played our 'home games' at Danvers Indoor Sports."

He said the team was comprised of seven 7th-graders, four 6th-graders, and two fifth-graders.

"We did not cut children," he said, "but rather coached them up and got them to play at a higher level as a team. We took whoever was interested in playing more competitive basketball than the in-town or YMCA team."

Coach Mike McVeigh, the North Andover High coach for 31 years and current Brooks Academy coach, led several practices. 

He said the North Shore Basketball League is the sister league to the Merrimack Valley league, which the Andover Warriors winter travel teams play in.

"The championship game was a 42-33 win over Danvers," Beck said. "These boys single-handedly proved that there is room for another travel basketball team in this town."

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