Andes rally falls short


A furious Andes fourth quarter rally fell short last week in Windham. Trailing by 12 points in the early minutes of the final frame, the Mountaineers stormed back, shrinking the gap to just two with under a minute to play before dropping a 39-34 decision.
The game took a defensive posture with both teams unleashing stingy defenses from the start. Andes hit only three field goals in a low-scoring first half. Only a rock-solid defensive effort kept the Mountaineers in the game as they trailed 17-10 at the intermission.

The assertive play of 6’5” center Justin Filippone in the paint was the difference in the second half. Filippone, who shared game scoring honors with Andes’ Tex Murray, registered 10 of his 14 points in the final two periods. Windham outscored the Mountaineers 13-10 in the third frame, taking a 30-20 lead into the final eight minutes.
After Windham hit the opening basket in the fourth, Andes ignited. A full-court pressing defense forced several steals to bring the Mountaineers back. Cody Ruff’s steal and lay-up with less than a minute to play cut the Warriors advantage to 35-33, but Filippone scored two times from near the hoop during the closing seconds to secure the win for Windham.

Windham had an 18-12 field goal advantage over Andes. But, the Warriors had a terrible night from the foul line hitting only one of 11 charity attempts. Andes went 7-15 from the line.

Filippone and Murray were the only players on either team to reach double figures. Ethan Berghammer and Justin Weaver both scored seven points for the Mountaineers.
Andes mounted a spirited offense in Jefferson Friday night, but were outscored 23-12 in the third period, before falling to the Jay-hawks, 67-48. The two teams played to a 15-15 first period tie with Jefferson holding a narrow 30-27 advantage at the half.
Kevin Reed threw in a season high 18 points to pace Jefferson. The JayHawks, who have struggled all season from the foul line, got a big boost from the charity stripe hitting 12 of 15 shots.

Tex Murray continued his solid play for Andes netting a game-high 21 points. Ethan Berghammer scored nine, John Smith eight, and Justin Weaver seven for the Mountaineers.