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Tewksbury Boys Basketball League Opens its 2014-2015 Season

Nov 12, 2014 06:58PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by administrators of the Tewksbury Boys Basketball League.)

This past Saturday, November 8, TBBL kicked off its 2014-2015 season with games across most of its in-town program.  More than 650 Tewksbury youth participate in our program from grades K-12.

Clinic Division

The Wynn school was hopping early Saturday morning as almost 140 kindergarteners and first graders participated in the first clinic sessions of the season.  Broken into 4 hour-long sessions, these boys and girls worked on basic basketball skills in fun, small-sided games and drills.

Cadet Division

This marked the first Saturday of our newly re-designed Cadet Division.  In an effort to improve the player development of our younger players, 2nd grade boys in our program have a skills-focus practice midweek followed by 4 on 4 short-court games on Saturdays.  Named after popular college programs, the Blue Devils, Eagles, Gators, Huskies, Minutemen, and Wildcats play 1 or 2 games each Saturday.  The approximately 50 boys in the program got off to a great start this Saturday.

Junior Divison

Our 3rd & 4th grade division got off to an exciting start with 6 games at Tewksbury Memorial High School.

Heat 20 - Rockets 16

The Heat and Rockets had an intense and exciting game on Saturday.  The Heat overcame an early 6-0 deficit with aggressive defense from Ryan Fuedo, Colin Hansbury and Sudeep Chitrothu. In the second half, the Heats offense began to click behind some great passing in the lane from Jacob Martell and Kenneth Ryder. Offensive baskets were scored by Eric Bellavia, Jack Baron and Colin Hansbury. Jacob Martell and Kenneth Ryder also pitched in with two points apiece. Rebounding from Eric Bellavia, Joshua Maher and Matthew Stadtman made the difference in keeping the ball away from the Rockets offense. Although the Rockets were down late, they made a comeback to make it an exciting finish.  Behind the excellent play of Timothy Bradley, who scored six points and displayed excellent ball handling skills, the Heat held on to win the game 20 – 16.

The Rockets jumped out to an early lead behind excellent passing and shooting. The Rockets were led on offense by Justin Darrigo who scored six points followed by David Forgione and Daniel Sullivan who scored four points each and Drew Nestor who chipped in with two points. Quinn Brown and David Forgione displayed excellent ball handling and dribbling skills. On the defensive end of the floor Daniel Sullivan, David Forgione, Jimmy Holmes and Jayden Trudeau all played very good defense. Jonathan Bielecki had a very good game rebounding on the defensive end of the floor while Drew Nestor rebounded very well on the offensive end. Ryan MacKeen had several good shots that just fell out of the basket. Justin Darrigo had an all around great game today rebounding, dribbling and scoring on offense.

Timberwolves 16 - Thunder 14      

What an exciting start to the season between the T-Wolves and the Thunder.  The T-Wolves were able to hang on to the win in this hard fought battle that came down to the buzzer.  The T-Wolves were lead by point guards Umari Seney and Colby Lafhive. Tyler Trodden, Vincent Marchelletta and AJ Seney all added baskets  for the T-Wolves.  The T-Wolves created havoc everywhere on defense with steals by the Seney brothers, Evan Galanis, Colby Coolidge, Joey Fiorino and Wyatt Lefebvre.  In the end it was the agressive T-Wolve defense that got the job done holding off the Thunders last minute scoring attempts.

What a fun and exciting game for a season opener! If all the games are like this one, it should be a very fun season of basketball for the Thunder. Both teams started out slow with only a 2-2 game after first 4 minutes. But the T-Wolves got out to 13-6 at the half. Thunder made a nice comeback to cut the lead to 15-14 but a late foul helped the T-Wolves close out the game with a 16-14 victory over the Thunder. Thunder’s leading scorer was Nico Gonzalez with 8 strong points in the paint.  Ben Doucettee, Ryan Flynn, and Michael (Speed Racer) Gaglione all had 2 points each and helped with the come-back. Luke (the Worm) Montejo had 10+ offensive and defensive rebounds.  Ian Starr and Nathan Jolly had a strong showing on defense with key blocks.  Christian Rainone, Damian Ortiz and Paul Allen had a few rebounds and steals that helped the team. Thunder will regroup and have a strong practice this week so that they are ready for the next opponent.

 

Cavs 17 – Sixers 7

The Cavaliers defeated the Sixers on Saturday in a hard fought game. The game started with the Sixers taking an early lead behind great hustle and defense by the Sixers. Once the Cavs were able to settle down and feel comfortable, they were able to match the Sixers and ultimately seal the victory. Congratulations to Sean Hirtle for earning today’s game ball for the Cavs for his good all-around play. Power Rebounding by Jonah Benett and “Big Joe” Romero significantly contributed to the win. Outstanding hustle by Cameron Heichman and Zachary Sullivan clearly motivated the team at an important time in the game. Andre Monteiro and Jake Ryan played solid games in and out of the paint, with Jake Scoring a “Swish” at a key time in the game and Andre hitting a free throw.  “Stealing” the show for the Cavs was Anthony Burgess (10 points; 19 Steals) and Joey Bourgea (4 points; 13 Steals).

The opening game of the season for the Sixers started out with a lot of good defense from the team.  Santino  Dippolito, Nicholas Alvarado, Ryan Benchater and Ryan Murphy, played hard the whole game coming up with rebounds and playing good D. AJ Loder  and Alex Dellorusso  put up a bunch of shots that were all around the basket but just wouldn’t fall in. All the baskets for the Sixers today came from  Eddie Galante, Jack and Drew Rennell in the first half. The Sixers came up short in the second half to the Cavs ultimately losing the game 15-7.


Pistons 18 - Pacers 12 

The Pistons had a great opening game of the season with a win over the Pacers by a final score of 18 to 12 in a hard fought contest. The offense showed great passing and ball handling by Kyle Cummings (2 points), Aidan Leal, Anthony Naghibi (2 points), and Aaron Ramsey (2 points). Their ability to bring the ball down and pass underneath gave the Pacers centers Shea Moynihan (8 points) and Colin Caggiano (2 points) great scoring opportunities while their defense played hard, resulting in multiple rebounds and steals. The defense was led by Ian Shpritzer and Alex Naghibi.  Mathew Ramsey and Jason Morris were crucial in keeping the Pacers in the game with great defensive rebounding skills as well as keeping the pressure on the Pacers with some great shooting.

The Pacers met the Pistion's in week 1 of Tewksbury's In Town Junior Basketball Program.  The Pacers came out strong with some nice offense lead by Billy Burris (2 points), Nathan Petrone (2) points and Scott Miller (2) points to jump out with the lead in the 1st half.  Supporting the defense was Cam Kearney (2 points and 8 steals), Sam White (4 steals) and Daniel Richardson (2  steals). In the 2nd Half the Pistons were shooting strong but the Pacers kept playing hard with some great passing from Timothy Lepore and William Humphrey which set up Nick Degloria (4 points) to help get them back in the game.  As the 4th quarter was coming to an end, they applied the full court press and continued to play hard and finish strong.


Hawks 15 - Bucks 5       

Week one started off for the Hawks with back and forth baskets. Michael Carlson opened the season for the Hawks with the first basket of the game. Michael Carlson finished with 9 points and many steals and rebounds. Aidan MacDonald helped seal the winfor the Hawks by hitting two foul shots and ending the game with 4 points. Brandon Waddell got off several nice shots and was a rebounding machine. Andrew Estabrook used his speed to make several steals. Seamus Naughton played shut down man to man defense. Derek Musgrave made 2 blocks and had 3 steals in an outstanding all around game. Brady Wheeler helped out on defense by deflecting several passes and tracking down rebounds. Cooper Robillard showed how versatile his game is by making 3 steals, 2 blocked shots and several passes down low to open teammates.

The Bucks started the season with a tough loss to the Hawks. Playing excellent defense for the Buck today were brothers Morgan and Simon Dunham, Zachary Hayes, Ryan Thompson and Alexander Grove. Strong rebounding came from Blake Ryder, Chandler Dubay, which kept the Bucks right in the game and kept it close throughout the game. PJ Cevertarse was the teams high scorer with 3 points followed by Connor Broderick with 2 points. It was an overall great team effort by the Bucks! 


Celtics 19 - Knicks 12   

The Tewksbury Junior Celtics won their first game of the season defeating the Knicks 19-12.  It was a close game throughout and the C’s were able to pull it out late. The Celtics were lead by Romyn Lorick who scored ten points and added eleven rebounds. Cade Barron contributed three points and an assist. Matthew Flynn and Nicholas Ingersoll each added two points and an assist.  Pouriya Mehrabani rounded out the scoring with two points and pulled down seven rebounds. The Celtics had a strong day on the boards as Max Mattuchio pulled in six rebounds and Jacob Mellen grabbed five. Shane Nickerson and Adam Saad played strong defense and made excellent passes on offense.

The Celtics defeated the Knicks 19-12 in the opening game of the season for both teams on Saturday at Tewksbury Memorial High School. The Celtics jumped out to a quick lead, but the Knicks started to mount a comeback late in the first quarter thanks to back to back baskets from Justin Magee and James Carroll. The game remained close throughout due to some tough defense from Jayden Donaher, John O’Donnell and Ethan Hines and some key rebounds from Scott Lightburn and Colin Giguere. The Knicks took their first lead of the game when Seamus MacDonald made a driving layup. The Celtics tried to pull away in the second half, but Justin Magee wouldn’t let that happen and sank two tough jump shots that kept the Knicks in the game. In the end, the Celtics were able to secure a hard fought victory. 


Timberwolves 16 - Thunder 14       

What an exciting start to the season between the T-Wolves and the Thunder.  The T-Wolves were able to hang on to the win in this hard fought battle that came down to the buzzer.  The T-Wolves were lead by point guards Umari Seney and Colby Lafhive. Tyler Trodden, Vincent Marchelletta and AJ Seney all added baskets  for the T-Wolves.  The T-Wolves created havoc everywhere on defense with steals by the Seney brothers, Evan Galanis, Colby Coolidge, Joey Fiorino and Wyatt Lefebvre.  In the end it was the agressive T-Wolve defense that got the job done holding off the Thunders last minute scoring attempts.

What a fun and exciting game for a season opener! If all the games are like this one, it should be a very fun season of basketball for the Thunder. Both teams started out slow with only a 2-2 game after first 4 minutes. But the T-Wolves got out to 13-6 at the half. Thunder made a nice comeback to cut the lead to 15-14 but a late foul helped the T-Wolves close out the game with a 16-14 victory over the Thunder. Thunder’s leading scorer was Nico Gonzalez with 8 strong points in the paint.  Ben Doucettee, Ryan Flynn, and Michael (Speed Racer) Gaglione all had 2 points each and helped with the come-back. Luke (the Worm) Montejo had 10+ offensive and defensive rebounds.  Ian Starr and Nathan Jolly had a strong showing on defense with key blocks.  Christian Rainone, Damian Ortiz and Paul Allen had a few rebounds and steals that helped the team. Thunder will regroup and have a strong practice this week so that they are ready for the next opponent.


Intermediate Divison

Our 5th & 6th grade division played 3 concurrent games at Tewksbury Memorial High School with a single game at the Wynn Middle School.


Mavs 22 – Warriors 19

 The Warriors dropped a tough game to open the season in a battle that was close throughout and went right down to the wire.  The Warriors opened up the first quarter with a nice basket down low from Liam McDonald and a free throw from Dylan Crowley.  Sreetej Digmurthi heated up in the second quarter with a layup and a jumper and Luke McFadyen had a flurry of baskets at the end of the half off some great defense by Will McFadyen and Jesus Padilla to allow the Warriors to take a 13-10 lead into the break.  Luke McFadyen stayed hot in the third quarter adding 2 more baskets to finish with 11 points.  Travis Cohen made a great block to keep things at a one point difference going into the fourth quarter.  Brady Litton and Jesus Padilla used fantastic ball movement to find teammates who were able to get to the line.  Liam McDonald sank a free throw to pull the Warriors within 1 with 2 minutes to go.  The Warriors kept pressuring but just couldn’t get the ball to fall. 

The Mavericks had a great comeback to open the season against a very talented Warriors team.  Leading the offense for the Mavs was Nick Johnston with 8 points, Dylan Dufresne and Derek Wilkinson each with 4 points, while Logan Teixeira, Aiden Crogan, and Alex Johnston each had 2 points.  Paul Towers, Justin Charlton, and Josh Astuti had many big rebounds while Jake Pellitier showed great hustle on both sides of the court to help preserve the tough win.


Celtics 28 – Sixers 22

The Sixers opened their season with a tough loss against an equally matched Celtics team.  Despite being down two players, the Sixers played tough both offensively and defensively.  Sean Kaiser led the Sixers offensive rush with 8 points, 1 steal and heads up passing which led to 4 points by Ryan Rosenberg.  Nik Smith and Robert Ryan played solid on both sides of the ball adding 3 points each along with a steal and blocked shot respectively. Trevor Trodden and Nicholas Danielson rounded out the Sixers offensive rush with 2 points each.  Bill Erickson and Ryan Fraser stood tall for the Sixers defense grabbing rebounds and making it tough for the Celtics offense to score.

The Celtics played a close game throughout with constant back and forth scoring. The Celtics played great team defense to get some keys stops at the end of the game. A 6-point 4th quarter for point guard Mark Bradley who led the team with 8 points total was a key to the victory. Jason Donaher, Cole Kimtis, John Cucinotta and Felix Navarette contributed with 4 points each. Devin Stoddard, Marcus Canas each added 2 points. Alex Newcomb, Liam McDermott, and Seamus Cunningham contributed with great defense and great teamwork throughout the game. An overall balanced effort from the Celtics to get their first win of the season.


Nets 22 – Cavs 18

It was a hard fought back and forth game between the Cavs and nets to start the season. The Cavs came out strong early with some great rebounding and offense from Mark Olu. Julian Costello and Joey Arsenault also made some key contributions to keep the Cavs in the game. As the game went on Mike Duggan and Dhruv Kaushal stayed aggressive and threw in a few baskets to give the Cavs a 2 point lead. In the second half Mike Bottaro hit a few key baskets to push the Cavs. Matt Woods had a few nice assists as the third quarter rolled on. In the 4th quarter swarming defense from Jack Stadtman, Louis Mascia and Tyler Leeds gave the Cavs a chance to win, but in the end the Nets pulled out the victory.

The Nets opened up their season with an exciting game against the Cavs.  The Nets got timely baskets from several players, and won based on their great defensive effort an unselfish play.  The Nets were led defensively by Connor McFadyen and Josh Engelken down low, and superior perimeter defense by Logan Auth, Jack Panilaitis, and Brandon Wood.  Brandon led all scorers with 6 points.  Panilaitis was joined by Dan Lightfoot and Sam Hines with 4 points each.  Logan and Robert Cortes each added important baskets to give the Nets the margin of victory.  This was a great back and forth contest where neither team led by more than a basket until the last second when Jack hit a short jumper to seal the win with a few seconds left on the clock after Sam had given the Nets the lead a short time earlier.  The Nets will need to keep up their outstanding defensive and offensive ball movement to compete against high quality teams like the Cavs.


Spurs 30 – Lakers 22

Spurs win the first game with a big win over the Lakers. The game was a back and fourth game. The Spurs fast break got them a lead. Great defense and rebounding gave the Spurs the edge. Kyle  Darrego led the team in scoring in this one. He had 13 points and 4 steals. Collin Goggins added 6 points with great rebounding. Jason Barnes added 5 points. Joshua Linnehan had 2 key baskets on offensive rebounds that sealed the win.Logan Reinhard and Cullian Johnson hit the boards and added 2 each. Max tyler had 3 blocks and 5 rebounds. Nick polimeno and Daedon Bere had 2 assists each and added couple rebounds. This was a great start for the Spurs team.Final score 30-22.

The 2014 In-Town Boys Basketball League kicked off this Saturday with the 5th/6th Grade Intermediate Level Lakers vs. Spurs.  The game started out slow then picked up pace due to some travel players returning to In-Town.  Both teams needed to respond quickly.  Brian Doherty (4 pts) and Sean Fahey (12 pts) would get the Lakers going, Aiden Crawson (2 pts) and Evan Silva (2 pts) would also chip into the scoring drives.  This was accompanied by good passing and rebounding by James Ministeri, Lee Ghannam (2 pts) and Will Forbes. The defense would then try and slow down the Spurs; good man-to-man coverage by Mihir Bagul and Nick Wilson helped to slow down the scoring attack by the Spurs.  Good game by all players on both teams - the Spurs would pull out the Victory 30-22.



Senior Divison

Our 7th & 8th grade division played 4 games at the Ryan Elementary School with a single game at the Wynn Middle School.


Thunder 31 – Wizards 30

The Thunder squeaked out a come from behind 31-30 victory against the Wizards.   For the Thunder, the scoring went as follows; Andrew Lafebvre (8 points) Cam Hodgson (8 points), Chris Zdinak (7 points), Tyler Paulding (3 points), Owen Gillian (3 points) and Sean Whelton (2 points).  The Wizards came out strong in the first game of the season scoring 19 points in the first half and playing great team defense starting with Nicholas Brooks, Dominic Cohen and Adam Trudeau. Scoring in the first half was contributed by Alec Sokol, Calvin Silva and Logan Singleton. In the second half the Wizards continued dominating the rebounds starting with Ian Tacey, Stephen Duquette and Sean McMahon but found it very difficult to score with the Thunder stepping up on defense. With 1:30 left to play in the fourth quarter the Thunder had reduced the Wizards lead they possessed the entire game to 1 point. The lead changed hands 3 times as the clock wound down and with 12 seconds left the Wizards were down by 1 on a fast break and had two shots on net but the ball would not go in.


Bobcats 40 – Bulls 38

The Bobcats pulled out a hard fought game against the Bulls.  The game went back and forth, with the Bobcats pulling out the game at the end.


Celtics 44 – Bucks 26

The Celtics opened up the season with a win against the Bucks.  Adam Hines led the way in scoring.  Anthony Miano, Andy Ferreira, and Ryan Smith followed with outstanding performances.  Billy Chase, Zachary Hines, Tyler Strong, and Zachary Lalonde contributed greatly on both offense and defense.


Heat 58 – Suns 36

The Heat opened up their season with a great first win! Everybody gave their all with tough defense at the start with Ryan Bennett causing a lot of turnovers for quick points in the first half allowing everybody to get on the scoreboard. Offensive rebounds by the BIG 3 of Daryl Quek, Nick Stephens, & Steve Nickerson controlled the boards for the Heat. The Heat also got great all-round play by Ryan Briley, Evan Crowley, James Reardon, & Nathan Jones.

Hornets 46 – Jazz 43

The Hornets won a hard fought game against the Jazz to begin the season.  The Hornets scoring was led by Evan Wood, follow by Jake Ruocchio.  Justyn Lester and Mike Kelleher controlled the boards for the Hornets while superior defense by Kyle Braciska, Riley Auth, David Miller, Shawn Manson, Dante Damelio and Ryan Carroll helped limit the Jazz’s opportunities.

The Jazz were led by Josh Donaher (10pts), Matt Perron (9pts), Nate Wilkinson and Tyler Demers (each with 8 pts). Rounding out the scoring was James Kochakian (4 pts) and Derek Wallace and Matt Pellitier with 2 points each.  Gustavo Tizzotti had many good shots that just didn't fall. Bricen Boudreault showed great hustle on both sides of the ball.


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