Revenge is tasteful sometimes. The ability to take out the team that ended your season sits in the back of your mind. So, when you get the opportunity to let them know you're the better team, you make your move.
That's what fourth-ranked Andover did on Tuesday night.
The Trojans used 29 points from sophomore Isaiah Maikori to knock off eighth-ranked Maize South on the road 84-65.
"Their student section was being super disrespectful," Maikori said. "It honestly fueled me and our whole team especially because we got eliminated by them last year."
Maikori nearly outscored the Mavericks in the second quarter. The sophomore made sure to leave a lasting impression of Maize South.
"I feel I got in the zone because my teammates put me into great positions to be successful," Maikori said.
After Maize South took a 17-14 lead after the first quarter, Maikori started his march. He scored nine points in the second quarter, including getting to the line five times. The sophomore is no stranger to the line as he found himself there multiple times against Kapaun.
While many are astutely aware of what Jack Johnson can do, it was Maikori who continued his assault into the third quarter. That's where he really found his groove. Maikori scored 12 points in the third frame, nearly outscoring Maize South by himself.
"We want to raise everyone’s eyes and get the respect we deserve by earning it," Maikori said. "It starts with approaching every game as a must win and turning defense into offense."
The Trojans would hit their free throws and make timely shots as the fourth quarter saw Andover score 30 points in the frame, a season high for the Trojans. Harper Jonas was the one who came through big in the fourth quarter for Andover. Jonas finished with 11 points for the game, with nine in the fourth quarter. Johnson had a big three-pointer as well.
Gaddis was an all around beast for Andover as he finished with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Johnson would finish with 20 points to compliment Maikori's 29 points.
All Trojans who would check in would at least score once.
Andover would finish with 27 assists on 31 made baskets in the victory.
"The assists are the most impressive thing," Maikori said.
Andover improves to an impressive 4-0 on the year. They have wins four quality wins, with all wins coming over ranked opponents.
There's one final game of the fall semester coming for Andover as they travel host Goddard (1-3) on Friday night. The Lions fell to Andover Central 56-23 on Tuesday night.
Andover -- 14; 20; 20; 30 -- 84
Maize South -- 17; 12; 16; 20 -- 65
Andover -- Maikori 29, Johnson 20, Jonas 11, Gaddis 9, Hurt 4, Laub 4, Gehring 3, Taylor 3, Henry 1
Maize South -- Reid 24, Scott 19, Croswell 15, Kasitz 5, Nolan 1, Fitzpatrick 1