“We’re kind of limited on size and we try to get things going from the outside. We wanted to look to attack (the hoop) but it’s tough with their big guys; they alter shots and take up a lot of space,” Tanglis said. “It would have been nice to get a little something going on the outside and keep them honest on defense, but we weren’t able to put together any kind of offensive run in the second half.”
McCarthy and Kieran Beck provided some scoring from the perimeter for Danvers. McCarthy scored 13 points and Beck added 10.
Sophomore point guard Wabissa Bede was the only North Andover player to hit double figures with 12.
“They play hard and they’re well coached,” Walsh said of North Andover. “We though we’d try to keep them in the 40s. We wanted to make sure there were no open threes. They were getting them, but as the game went on I think they were taking deeper and deeper ones, which is what we were trying to (force them to) do.”
Danvers 56, North Andover 45
North Andover: White 1-2-5, Bede 3-6-12, Daley 3-0-9, Enright 2-2-7, Couyoumjian 0-1-1, Reeve 2-1-5, St. Cyr 3-0-6. Totals 14-12-45.
Danvers: Francois 1-1-4, McCarthy 4-4-13, Beck 3-4-10, Allen 1-0-2, Harris 6-11-23, Merry 1-2-4. Totals 16-22-56.
Halftime: Danvers, 29-25.
3-pointers: NA, Daley 3, White, Enright; D, Francois, McCarthy.
Records: NA, 13-9; D, 19-3.