Andover Blue 31
Michael Patterson's huge rebound with 8 seconds left allowed the Dracut Boys 6th Grade Travel Basketball Team to escape with a 34-31 overtime victory over Andover Blue.
The Middies started out strong with sterling defensive play against Andover's big men and led at the half 22-11. Unfortunately, Dracut deviated from their team ball offensive attack, which had allowed them to advance to this semi-final Pelham Christmas Tournament game. Multiple turnovers, sloppy passing and sluggish defense allowed Andover to roar back and take a 25-23 lead. The lead changed hands several times before Andover went up 29-26.
Mitchell Monette (13 points) hit a big 3-pointer to tie things up at 29 all with 5 minutes to go. Andover managed to go ahead again by 2 before Cam McCullough (14 points) hit two free throws to again tie the score at 31-31. Both teams had chances to end the game but the defensive play of both squads led to overtime.
Dracut jumped out ahead on a Colby Manzueta (5 points) free throw early in the extra period to take the lead for good on the way to the exciting 34-31 victory. Tyler Pacheco picked up 2 points as Jovan Aigbekaen (3), Josh Hastie (1), William Peters (1) and Jaeden Hylton (1) grabbed rebounds for the 11-3 Middies. The win put Dracut in the championship game against a tough Andover Gold team.
Andover Gold 44
Despite missing three key players, the Dracut Boys 6th Grade Travel Basketball Team advanced to the championship game of the Pelham Christmas Tournament where they dropped a hard-fought loss to Andover Gold 44-31.
The Middies fell behind early in this contest as Andover's patient offense allowed them to lead at the break 23-13. Dracut tried to adjust their defense to stop the good outside shooting of Andover, but Andover's excellent passing led to several back door cut baskets.
William Peters (2 points) was a monster on the boards ripping down a team high 9 rebounds as Colby Manzueta and Michael Patterson both had 2. Mitchell Monette (10), Cam McCullough (8), Jovan Aigbekaen (5), Josh Hastie (3), Tyler Pacheco (2) and Jaeden Hylton (1) scored points for the 11-4 Middies.