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TBBL Roundup: Celtics Ground Hawks, Thunder Cool Heat

Dec 17, 2014 11:01AM ● By Bill Gilman


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

Junior Division

Celtics 27 - Hawks 10

The Tewksbury Junior Celtics played a strong game against the Hawks and pulled away late in the fourth quarter for a 27-10 victory.  The Celtics were led by Romyn Lorick and Peter Impink who scored six points each while gathering eleven and eight rebounds, respectively.  They were supported on the scoreboard by Pouriya Mehrabani who had five points, Matthew Flynn, 4 points, Cade Barron, Shane Nickerson and Adam Saad who all had two points each.  The Celtics also displayed excellent team passing with eight total assists.  Flynn, Barron, Mehrabani, Nickerson, and Saad all assisted baskets.  Defense was also an important reason the Celtics were able to earn a victory.  Jacob Mellen had an excellent defensive effort with four steals.

It was a great game to watch by all who witnessed it. Cooper Robillard started the scoring with a nice rebound and then a jump shot from the right side. Brandon Waddell received a high post pass, turned and hit the mid-range shot to earn two points in the contest. Seamus Naughton had a nice block and then pulled in the rebound to help his team. Michael Hill played a solid game on both ends of the court, scoring a basket and earning an assist as well. Liam Kelley made it difficult for his opponent with his shutdown defense. Michael Carlson finished with a basket and made several passes to help the team keep the game close.  On defense Brady Wheeler stuck to his opponent the whole game. Derek Musgrave had two blocks and two rebounds in the game.  Aidan MacDonald was everywhere on the court, blocking shots grabbing rebounds and scoring a basket. Andrew Estabrook used his speed and defensive skills to help the team keep the game close.

Thunder 19 – Heat 16

What a great game between these two teams! The hustle for the ball by each team was fantastic.  The Heat jumped out to quick 6-0 lead but the Thunder settled down and began to play better defense and working their way back into the game.  The Thunder’s leading scorer was Damian Ortiz with nine points and that was with having to leave the game after end of the 3rd with an injury, but provided inspiration in getting the Thunder back into the game.  Another key player for the Thunder was Ryan Flynn who had to leave the game in the second half after getting a cut over his eye.  Ryan finished with two points and multiple steals and rebounds.  Michael “Speedy” Gaglione finished with four points and multiple steals. Luke Montejo and Ben Doucette both had two points to round out the scoring.  Paul Allen played a great role on defense with rebounds and on the offensive side of the ball as well.  Nico Gonzalez had a big role in covering the Heat’s big men and finished strong as did Ian Starr and Christian Rainone.  The Thunder are now on a two game winning streak and face the Celtics next Saturday.  Arrive early, as the gym will be filled to see this match up.

The Heat lost another close, evenly matched game this week, dropping a back and forth game to the Thunder by just 3 points. The contest featured tenacious defense from both teams, including a standout defensive performance for the Heat's Josh Maher, who on multiple occasions successfully fought for rebounds and loose balls. The Heat's scoring was led by Timmy Bradley and Eric Bellavia, with eight points each which included a lot of hard work under the hoop. The Heat's defensive charge was led by Ryan Feudo, Matt Stadtman, and Sudeep Chitrothu; who all fought hard for rebounds and playing tough defense. Colin Hansbury drove down the court for a few great scoring chances, but the ball just wouldn't find the bottom of the net for him. Jacob Martel and Jack Baron both help lead the Heat's offensive attack and really demonstrated the things the team has worked on during practice. The Heat will look forward to another strong week of practice and another great performance next weekend.

Cavs 20 - T-wolves 14

The only remaining undefeated teams in the Junior Division faced off at center court on Saturday.  The Timberwolves entered the game with the number one offense (most points scored), and the Cavaliers entered the game with the number one defense (least points allowed). The Cavaliers jumped out to an early 10-0 lead. The Cavs knew that the T-Wolves were ready to go on a scoring run.  But, the Cavs defense wouldn’t allow the T-Wolves to rally, instead the Cavs played lock-down defense.  Six different Cavs team members scored, with all Cavs defenders pulling down rebounds. The Cavs forced 21 steals, thereby sealing the victory!  The Cavaliers won as a team: Kyle Adams, Zach Sullivan, Cam Heichman, Jake Ryan Joey Bourgea, Joe Romero, Sean Hirtle, Jonah Bennet, Andre Monteiro, Anthony Burgess.

The T-Wolves were handed their first loss of the season in a physical match up against the Cav's.  After the Cav's jumped out to a 8 to nothing lead, the T-Wolves defense fought to hold the Cav's offense to just 12 points after the first period.  The T-Wolves battled back the entire game but couldn't make up the 8 point deficit.  The T-Wolves were lead on offense by brothers AJ and Umari Seney.  Although their shots didn't fall, Tyler Trodden, Colby Flahive, Colby Coolidge, Evan Galanis and Wyatt Lafavrbe had some nice attempts at the basket.  Assists were given from Vincent Marchelletta, Evan Galanis, Kobe Flahive and Tyler Trodden.  Outstanding hustle was provided on the offensive and defensive ends by Owen Kinnon and Joey Fiorino.

Sixers 16 - Rockets 5

The Sixers had another great Saturday.  Eddie Galante started off scoring the first points in the first quarter followed by the two powerhouses Jack and Drew Rennell.  Nick Alvarado had two break away baskets in a row while Alex Dellorusso had an all net shot on his first basket of the year, followed by a great shot from Ryan Murphy after several offensive rebounds.  AJ Loder was a beast on defense pulling down a ton of rebounds.  Ryan Benchater and Santino D'Ippolito played their positions perfectly the entire game with the Sixers coming away with the 16-5 victory.

The Rockets continue to be snakebit, having several shots just fall out of the basket or roll around and not go in for them. In a solid defensive game by both teams, the rockets found themselves on the backside of a 16-5 score.  Jayden Trudeau picked up player of the game for the rockets on this day playing exceptional defense while showing excellent ball handling skills and making a 3 point basket as well. Daniel Sullivan, Drew Nestor and Ryan MacKeen all did a nice job rebound at both ends of the floor.  Jonathan Bielecki and Jimmy Holmes did a nice job of bringing the ball up the floor and playing defense.  David Forgione and Quinn Brown handled the ball very well, got to the basket and got off good shots while making nice passes as well. Danny Franklin played solid defense while working very hard inside at both ends of the floor. The Rockets collected baskets from Jayden Trudeau and Quinn Brown while Daniel Sullivan made a free throw to round out the scoring.

Knicks 28 - Pacers 20

In a very competitive game this weekend, the Knicks topped the Pacers 28-20 on Saturday.  The Knicks offense got off to a quick start thanks to two early buckets by Ben Piccolo, who easily played his best game of the year.  The Knicks added to their lead when Justin Magee sank some incredible outside shots while Jayden Donaher scored on a breakaway layup.  The Pacers dug in and closed the gap, but a basket from Ethan Hines and three baskets from Braydon Aylward once again built some cushion for the Knicks. Scott Lightburn helped the Knicks maintain their lead with some great man to man defense and some key assists.  James Carroll also aided the defensive efforts by applying good pressure on defense.  The Pacers continued to close the gap, but a late hoop from Ben Piccolo sealed the victory for the Knicks.

The Pacers continue to battle and found themselves in a nip and tuck affair against the Knicks, coming up just short in the end. The Pacers spread their scoring out with six players all getting in the scoring column. Nick, Billy, Cam, Will, Nathan and Scott all hit the board for the Pacers while Lucas, Sam and Timmy all played well contributing to the Pacers all around solid play!

Bucks 24 - Pistons 21   

The Bucks get their first win of the season as a result of an outstanding team effort.  Leading the team with his scoring and rebounding was Blake Ryder with fourteen points, Morgan Dunham had four points and many offensive rebounds.  Ryan Thompson played amazing defense and as well and also scored two points.  Chandler Dubey had four big points along with multiple rebounds.  Zachary Hayes again had a great game with his ball movement and great defense.  Alex Grove, PJ Civitarese and Simon Dunham played tremendous defense and helped control the ball on offense.  Connor Broderick was a power house on the boards at both ends of the court. Overall it was a great team effort that gave the Bucks their first "W".

The Pistons had a hard fought loss against the Bucks on Saturday.  The Bucks took an early lead with some great offense but the Pistons were able to come back and take the lead.  Piston guard Kyle Cummings (17 points) had an outstanding game and led the team in offense.  Shea Moynihan (2 points) and Ian Shpritzer (2 points) helped keep the game close near the end.  Anthony Naghibi, Colin Caggiano, and Aaron Ramsey showed some great ball handling that helped the Pistons keep the game close.  However, The Bucks were able to come back with a late run that gave them the lead despite some great steals by Alex Naghibi and Aidan Leal, as well as some powerful defense by Mathew Ramsey, and Jason Morris.  A great game, but a tough loss for the Pistons!

Intermediate Division

Warriors 40 – Cavs 25

The short-handed Cavs could not overcome a well-balanced warriors team on Saturday evening. It was a back and forth contest early on with Jack Stadtman knocking down a big free throw to keep the Cavs close. Some nice defense by Julian Costello and Louis Mascia created some fast break opportunities for Cavs. Offensively Mike Bottaro and Matt woods led the way for the Cavs both with 10 points each. Tyler Leeds did a little bit if everything pulling down some huge rebounds and bringing the ball up. Joey Arsenault was aggressive and diving all over the floor but in the end the Cavs came up empty.

Mavs 42 – Spurs 20

The Mavs played another great game against a short-handed Spurs team.  Scoring for the Mavs were Nick Johnston 10pts, both Derek wilkinson & Aiden Crogan with 8pts, Logan Teixeira 6pts, Justin Charlton 4 pts,  while Dylan Dufresne, Alex Johnston, and Josh Astuti each added 2 pts.  Another strong game by Jake Pellitier on both sides of the floor.

Lakers 22 – Sixers 12

Both sides were short due to the holiday season, but there was plenty action.  It started slow for both sides with lots of misses, but the Sixers got on the board first. The Lakers would respond with Mihir Bagul (8pts) hitting two back to back open court shots, with help from Aiden Crawson’s good rebounding and Evan Silva with excellent passing.  Nick Bobadilla was a force again with 6 rebounds and 3 steals.  Nick Wilson would power down the court for his 2 points.  Lee Ghannam (2 pts) added to it with a nice lay-up.  Will Forbes was a good defender with good rebounding.  Sean Fahey (10 pts) led the charge for the Lakers with good defense to keep the Sixers from moving the ball and keep their scoring attack outside the zone.

Nets 31 – Celtics 29

The Nets led 24-13 at the end of the 3rd quarter and were looking to coast to their 5th win.  However the Celtics lit it up in the first part of the 4th quarter, closing the lead to a mere 2 points.  The pressure was ratcheted up, but the Nets never trailed in this one, showing great composure in the final 4 minutes of the game.  The Nets jumped out to a strong first quarter lead as Jack Panilaitis was firing on all cylinders, pouring in 8 points inside the first 4 minutes, capping his first half (and game) total of 10 points for the game.  Brandon Wood added 9 points, including a huge free throw in the 4th quarter as the Celtics closed the lead to a single possession.  Logan Auth continued his great season with 6 points and some shut-down defense at the guard position.  Sam Hines, Dan Lightfoot, and Connor McFadyen each added big buckets to add to the Nets offensive attack.  As always for the Nets, it was the little things that allowed them to secure this victory.  Robert Cortes was dominant under the boards, and Josh Engelken should get credit for almost all of Panilaitis’ points, as Josh set great picks to allow the offense to chug along.

Senior Division

Heat 42 – Wizards 21

The Wizards started out strong in the first half playing good defense and getting multiple scoring opportunities, but the ball would not go in. Prior to the end of the first half, the Wizards were trailing 18-7, but with the last minute scoring efforts of Alec Sokol and Adam Trudeau, the Wizards were able to shrink the Heat’s lead to 7. Even with the strong defensive efforts from Nicholas Brooks, Dominic Cohen and Calvin Silva, they were unable to stop the offensive force of the Heat, as they increased their lead going into the fourth quarter by a score of 30-15. Ian Tacey, Stephen Duquette, Logan Singleton and Sean McMahon fought hard for every rebound all game. As time was running down, the lead of the Heat was too much to overcome, even with the 6 points scored between Sean McMahon and Ian Tacey.

Jazz 37 – Bucks 35

The Jazz were able to hold on Saturday to beat a well-coached and tough Bucks team by a score of 37 - 35.

Scoring for the Jazz were Josh Donaher 13 pts, Nate Wilkinson 8 pts, Derek Wallace 7 pts, Matt Perron 4 pts, James Kochakian 3 pts, Gustavo Tizzotti with 2 pts.  Matt Pellitier had many big rebounds, while Tyler Demers and Bricen Boudreault played great defense to help seal the win.

Hornets 37 – Thunder 19

The Hornets got off to a slow start, but Justyn Lester, Evan Wood, Jake Rucchio and David Miller really pulled it all together in all parts of the game with rebounding, scoring, defense and steals.  Mike Kelleher had a big day on the boards while Riley Auth and Sean Manson controlled the ball well on both offense and defense. Dante D’Amelio caused a few good turnovers and Ryan Carroll set good picks.

Celtics 53 – Bobcats 39

The Celtics won against a tough and well coached Bobcats team.  Scoring was led by an outstanding and breakout game for Anthony Miano with 19pts.  A well balanced scoring attack was followed up by Adam Hines (12 pts), Zach Hines (7 pts), Andy Ferreira (6 pts), Matt Houghton (4 pts), Tyler Strong (2 pts) and Zach Lalonde (2 pts).   Outstanding defensive performances were turned in by Ryan Smith, Matt Houghton and Andy Ferreira.

Bulls 41 – Suns 35

Travel Program

Tewksbury 8th grade White had a great couple of wins this week to get them right back into the race for South division with wins over Haverhill and Lowell.  The first game against Haverhill was a slow start for Tewksbury when they were down 9-0 in the first 5 minutes of the game. They came alive after that and went on a 30-8 run and built a 14 point lead. Then Haverhill made a run and cut the lead to 1 in the second half. We had some key free throws at the end that made the difference and went on to win 52-45.  Connor Nugent lead the scoring with 12 points and was a force on the boards. Brennan Rodgers always the first one down the court scored 10 with his fast break speed.  Chad Boschetti added 8 points and hit his last 6 free throws that made the difference. Ked Kaoekit added 5 and Jake Dillon and Joe Schifano added 4 each. Dalton Bere added 6 points and Riley Frost added 2. Zach Tyler had 3 steals and 4 assists. 

The second game was against one of our toughest teams. We lost a close one to Lowell a couple weeks ago and wanted to even things up. This game started out just like the last one. The first half was back and forth with lead changes and we ended up leading 30-24 at the half.  Then in the second half Tewksbury came out on fire. Scoring 40 points in the second half and holding Lowell to 6 leading to a 70-30 final.  Leading all scoring was Chad Boschetti with 21 points. Connor Nugent had a great game on the boards and added 14. Tony Manetta and Zach Tyler added 9 each, Jake Dillon added 6 points, Riley Frost added 4, and Kevin Carroll added a 3-pointer. Brennan Rodgers and Dalton Bere shut down the outside game with great defense. 

Tewksbury played outstanding team basketball in these 2 wins and that was the difference in these games.

Tewksbury 8th Grade Blue came up just short against Chelmsford, 52 to 55.  Michael Rosenberg starred in this one as he contributed 17 points to the game, including one 3 pointer.  Andrew Maresca stuck to Chelmsford, never letting up on them.  CJ Zemetres played a great game on defense.   Joe Balboni dribbled in and out up the court, distributing the ball well.  Brandon Melo contributed 15 points to the score.  Derek Shumaker was sure-handed with the ball, giving nothing to the opponents.  Nick Larsen seemed like he got every rebound.  Vinnie Hulme added a nice bucket on a quick inbound play.  Travis MacMurdo was a force in the post, blocking Chelmsford’s attempts at the basket.  Casey DeCost and Matt Cahill had to sit this one out due to injuries.

In their best all-around performance of the year so far, Tewksbury 6th Grade White lost to defending division champions Wakefield 43-39 in a game that came right down to the final minute.  Tewksbury got off to a fast start with an early 8-3 run led by the stifling defense of Ethan Exilhomme and Michael Cronin.   After a short lull that allowed Wakefield to creep back in, Nathan Vibber entered the game to reignite the home team eventually finishing with 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals.  Tommy Branchaud and Joey Pazyra played well in the backcourt while a balanced scoring attack kept it close as Tewksbury got 4 points each from Colin Bozek, Brady Eagan, Owen Griffin, and Cole Duffett.  The second half saw several lead changes but it was the breakout performance of Domenic Valway that kept it close.  Valway appeared to be everywhere on both offense and defense totaling game highs in both points with 13 and an astounding 16 rebounds.  In the final 2 minutes Wakefield was able to hold on as Tewksbury was unable to capitalize on the turnovers created by their scrambling defense.

Tewksbury 4th Grade White continues to improve in this young season.  Facing other towns’ top teams, they have steadily increased their defensive efforts.  In a tough loss to a talented Nashua team, William Eskenas led Tewksbury with 7 points, driving the offense from the point.  Noah Williams, Dylan Paulding, and Alex Arbogast each added a bucket in the effort.  Albie Bosworth contributed some big rebounds down low alongside Kodie LeGrand who gave great defensive efforts in the post.  JJ Svendsen displayed his defensive flexibility, covering opposing forwards and guards alike.  Tim Panilaitis had his best game of the season, particularly on the defensive side of the ball with some key rebounds and steals.  John Baker drove to the hoop hard but couldn’t get the shots to fall, while Bobby Branchaud continues to be a defensive model for his teammates, particularly providing help defense.  4th Grade White will look to go into next weekend strong with two games followed by participation in a Christmas Tournament over the break.

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