DANVERS — Andover High’s boys flexed a little Merrimack Valley Conference muscle, thumping No. 8 Everett, 74-54, in an impressive IAABO Board 130 opener at St. John’s Prep.
Tonight, they’ll face off against the hosts, who beat Lynn English, 67-55, in the other semifinal, here for the championship at 7 p.m.
“You got four of the top ten teams in the State of Massachusetts participating, so it’s a win-win for everybody,” said Andover head coach David Fazio. “It gets you tournament-ready.”
Andover took full advantage of the the opportunity to play a talented Everett team, viewing it as a chance to improve for the upcoming state tournament. “The more teams you play, and the different ways that they play help prepare you so that there no surprises in the tournament,” said Fazio. “That’s a pressing, full court man-to-man team. You’ll see someone in the tournament that presses, and this gives you an opportunity to prepare for that.”
After a close first quarter, the Warriors blew the handles off the Crimson Tide and pulled away in the second and third quarters. They came out of halftime on a 12-0 run led by junior guard David Giribaldi who registered his second consecutive 30-point effort.
“It’s the same old story,” said Fazio. “He’s relentless, he plays hard, he’s a killer, and he just attacks, attacks, attacks.”
Giribaldi turned in a season-high 34 points against Lawrence on Tuesday.
Another big contributor for the Warriors was forward Connor Merinder who tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Point guard Kareem Davis had 23 points to power St. John’s to the title game in the win over English. Plaistow’s Ben Judson added 15. North Andover’s Max Burt and Max Butterbrodt chipped in eight.