Defensive shift pays off for Andover Central boys

Published Dec. 8 at 8:28 a.m. | Last updated Dec. 8 at 8:35 a.m.

Andover Central’s move from a man defense to zone to start the second half Friday night didn’t faze senior Kolten Holinde. He knows Andover Central’s limitations — not much height, even less bulk.

So playing a zone against Andover’s Adam DeKoning and Dallas Bruner, both tall, strong post players, was a coaching strategy Holinde agreed with.

The defensive change paid dividends as Andover Central (3-0) defeated visiting Andover 62-48, blowing open the game in the third quarter by holding the Trojans to six points and forcing nine turnovers in the period.

“With our defense, we can steal the passes and get the runouts,” said Holinde, who had five steals, five points and four rebounds. “We just read their passes really well. We just did everything we could to get into the passing lane and steal their passes.”

With the score tied at 26-all at the half, Andover Central forced five turnovers on Andover’s first six possessions. In that span, of two minutes, the Jaguars had steals by Cameron Hurley, Holinde and Zach Winter, who had five steals in the game.

The Jaguars scored the first 10 points of the period, including a three-pointer by Quentin Miller with 3:28 remaining in the period. Andover’s Austin Brown finally scored the team’s first points of the period on a jumper at the 2:52 mark.

“Kolten Holinde played great defense,” Andover Central coach Jesse Herrmann said. “He was unbelievable underneath on their bigs. Their bigs are good, and hard for us to handle because of our size…. Our guys did a great job of reading their passes. Kolten Holinde read their passes and Zach Winter did a great job down low. Those low guys kind of controlled the zone for us, and then our guards were able to play out on the three-point shot.”

Andover (2-1) hit 3 of 8 three-pointers in the first half, but didn’t hit another until the fourth quarter. Brady Carter hit 3 of 7 threes and had 11 points, while Dylan Driver had 10 points. DeKoning had a team-high eight rebounds.

Andover outrebounded Andover Central 36-26, including 12-4 on offensive rebounds, but shot 16 of 47 from the floor.

“We didn’t hit our open shots and we didn’t execute very well at all,” Andover coach Chad Wilmott said.

Andover Central helped itself with its three-point shooting, hitting 10 of 18, including 6 of 10 in the first half. Winter, who had a game-high 23 points and six rebounds, had three three-pointers.

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Andover – Beahm 7, DeKoning 4, Bruner 7, Kvasnicka 4, Carter 11, Bezdek 3, Brown 2, Driver 10, Klusener 0. Totals 16 (6) 10-18 48.

Andover Central– Winter 23, Whitcomb 10, Holinde 5, Hurley 9, Lock 1, Parnell 6, Zarich 0, Miller 8, Downing 0, Harris 0, DeYoung 0, Kirkhart 0. Totals 19 (10) 14-19 62.

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