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Andover holds off Maize South rally

Published Feb. 22 at 1:02 a.m. | Last updated Feb. 21 at 11:04 p.m.

The Andover boys won a hard-fought game against Maize South on Friday night, and it was a battle that the Trojans and coach Chad Wilmott anticipated.

“Maize South is a great basketball team,” Wilmott said after a 53-45 win. “And I told the guys ‘You’d better accept the challenge because they’re going to come out fighting.’ ”

Andover’s Bryant Klusener kicked off the game with a pair of baskets — a three-pointer followed by a steal and a layup for a 5-0 lead.

“I started off the game on a good note and just went up from there,” Klusener said.

Klusener and Austin Brown led Andover with 10 points each.

Andover led 30-19 at halftime, but Maize South rallied in the second half, starting the third quarter on a 12-5 run, with Kade Kordonowy scoring six points.

Brett Barney led the Mavericks with 16 points. Kordonowy added 11.

Another run by Maize South — this one 6-0 — got them within three points with 4:44 left in the game, but Andover answered back with an 8-3 run the Mavericks couldn’t answer.

went on a 6-0 run in the fourth to get within three with 4:44 left in the game. Andover countered with an 8-3 run of their own to extend their lead again with just under two minutes to go. The Mavericks couldn’t come back from that.

“Overall I feel like the kids played well enough to win,” Maize South coach Kip Schultz said. “We just didn’t shoot it well enough to win.

“I think we’re on the verge of turning a corner and being really good.”

Wilmott said the game was a team win and was glad that his guys accept and understand their roles on the court.

“We’ve got to remember what got us here and keep going with that,” he said.

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Andover: Brown 10, Klusener 10, Bezdek 3, DeKoning 8, Butler 8, Jobe 4, Barclay 8, Seabrook 2.

Maize South: Ricks 2, Filby 2, Kordonowy 11, Barney 16, Martin 8, Reichenberger 2, Pentecost 3, Washington 1.

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