Andover Central connected on 13 three-pointers in their 68-49 win over Valley Center on the road on Tuesday night. Not many teams have the ability to knock down shots from behind the arc like Andover Central. All five starters are able to make long-range shots which causes trouble for opposing defenses.
Braden Belt knocked down a three on the first possession of the game. Jerome Washington grabbed an offensive rebound and finished through contact. After the free throw, Central led 6-0. Later in the quarter, L.J. Mackie knocked down corner threes on back-to-back possessions. Mackie made another shot later in the quarter, finishing three-for-three from beyond the arc in the opening quarter.
The Jaguars went into the second quarter with a 20-10 lead, but did not ease up. Central forced many turnovers with their full court pressure and high-intensity defense as the Jaguars took a 44-26 lead going into halftime.
The Jaguars continued to roll in the second half as the Hornets could not manage any kind of comeback and Central was able to come out with a dominant 68-49 win on the road.
“We have to be able to bother teams with our full court pressure,” said Central head coach Jesse Herrmann.
“We have been getting out rebounded almost every game but have made up for it in some games by forcing turnovers. We must continue to create possessions for ourselves with our defense. Last night we were able to pressure Valley in the full court and we also made shots.”
Four Jaguars finished in double figures. L.J. Mackie led the team with 16 points.Easton Leedom scored 14.Xavier Bell contributed 12 points, while Braden Belt added 11.
Andover Central improves to 5-2 with the win and will take on Goddard-Eisenhower on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 P.M.