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February 26, 2014

Boys Basketball Late 14-0 run sparks Knights

Knights score 14 straight points in fourth quarter to seal victory

BEVERLY — North Andover coach Paul Tanglis planned for nights like this.

Long scoring droughts, like the one his Knights went through in the third quarter, not scoring for nearly four minutes. They saw a 37-32 lead turn into a 42-37 deficit.

Soon after defense kicked in — turning seven fourth quarter steals into 15 points — en route to a big 68-57 win over No. 7 Beverly in the first round of the Division 2 North Sectionals.

“We practice it every day, fourth quarter defense,” said the Knights’ No. 1 star, John Enright, who had 18 points and two of those fourth quarter steals. “We take pride in being in better shape in the fourth quarter. We just weren’t going to give up. No way.”

In fact, No. 10 North Andover’s first half offense and defense were Grade A as the Knights built a 28-12 lead in the packed Henry Cabot Lodge Field House. But Beverly, behind seniors Jonathan Berchoff and Nick Cross, who averaged a combined 36 points a game in the regular season, roared back to close it to 32-26 at the half.

Beverly surged ahead 42-37 on an end-to-end three-point play by Berchoff to send the Panthers crowd into a frenzy.

But North Andover took back control of the game early in the third quarter with steals on three straight possessions, leading to layups by Enright, Brett Daley and Kyle White (eight points, five steals) for a 49-46 lead.

Beverly eventually tied it at 52-52, but the Knights ran off 14 straight points, Enright, Wabissa Bede, Daley and White all scoring to close out the hosts.

“It happened so fast,” Beverly coach Scott Lewis said about the game’s final few minutes. “We only had one timeout left and that was part of the issue. They got a little run with two steals and quick transition baskets. The game came down to those three minutes.”

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