TBBL Roundup: Wizards Outscore Bulls, Celtics Beat LakersDec 30, 2014 02:17PM ● By Kieran Gilman
Hawks 25 - Heat 19
The game was evenly matched from start to finish. Brady Wheeler contributed two points, two great shots, was fouled in the act of shooting and went to the foul line to shoot two free throws. Brady had his best game of the season. Michael Hill had a monster game on both the offense and defensive end of the floor. Michael Hill finished with seven points, three block shots, and two assists. Michael Carlson once again had a very solid game with several steals, showed excellent ball handling skills and several great drives to the basket. Brandon Waddell contributed to win with several great passes, solid defensive blocks, and scoring two points. Liam Kelly had a nice drive to the left side and a lefty put back for the layup to finish with three points. Cooper Robillard was named the defensive player of the game for his shut down defense and sticking to his opponent throughout the game. Derek Musgrave helped in the win by setting several picks, creating opportunities, making nice passes and tracking down several rebounds. Aidan MacDonald scored twelve points, had some power blocks and great passes to lead the Hawks.
In a spirited effort, the Heat took on the Hawks on Saturday. In the first half the Heats offense was in gear with great ball handling from Jacob Martel and Kenny Ryder. As a result, they were able to get the ball down low to Colin Hansbury and Eric Bellavia, who did a good job on the offensive boards, and had two and four points respectively. Timmy Bradley, Kenny Ryder and Jacob Martel each had two points in the first half. Jack Baron pitched in making one free throw. On the defensive end, Mathew Stadman, Joshua Maher, Sudeep Chitrothu and Jack Baron continued to play aggressive defense and fight for rebounds. In the second half, the Hawks clamped down on defense and sent four Heats players to the line. Unfortunately, they were not able to convert and the only points scored in the half were by Timmy Bradley, six points. Both teams played their hearts out and it is good to see the players doing the things that are being worked on in practice. The Heat look forward to improving against the Bucks on January 3rd , when they return form the Holiday break.
Pacers 26 – Rockets 16
The Pacers had some nice ball movement with the help of Sam White, 8 points and Billy Burris, 4 points. On defense, Nathan Petrone had three blocks while Daniel Richardson had two steals. The Pacers found themselves trailing again at the half 14-7. In the 2nd half, the Pacers made some adjustments and Timmy Lepore turned it up, picking up six points and four steals with some nice passing from Lucas Adams and William Humphrey. In the 4th Quarter, Scott Miller, 2 points, hit a great jump shot after several offensive rebounds and Cam Kearney, two points, scored a big basket as well. With 2 minutes left in the game, the Pacers applied the full court press and Nick Degloria, four points, picked up three great steals to help out on defense and keep the Rockets at bay. It was a great game played by all!
The Rockets played their best all-around game of the season today in a hard fought, hard-nosed game with the Pacers, but came up just short, 26-16. David Forgione led the way for the Rockets with an outstanding all-around game showing excellent ball handling and passing skills, along with exceptional defense throughout! Playing excellent defense for the Rockets this week were Quinn Brown, Daniel Sullivan, Ryan MacKeen and Jonathan Bielecki. Jonathan also had a really nice game rebounding along with Danny Franklin who also had a very aggressive game at both ends of the floor! Jimmy Holmes and Jayden Trudeau and Jimmy Holmes were rock steady on defense again this week but injected to good offensive skills and shot attempts as well! The Rockets were led in offense by David Forgione with eight points, followed by Daniel Sullivan's four, with both Quinn Brown and Ryan MacKeen adding two points each to round out the scoring! The Rockets have shown excellent improvement this week and performed very well against a very good Pacers team!
Knicks 31 - Sixers 24
In a back and forth battle, the Knicks topped the Sixers by a score of 31-24 in a high scoring affair! The Knicks once again started off slow until Justin Magee got the offense started by sinking a jump shot from just inside the three point line. Ben Piccolo and Seamus MacDonald kept the momentum going by adding baskets of their own while James Carroll and John O'Donnell turned up the defensive pressure. The score was tied at halftime, but the Knicks came out strong in the second half. Braydon Aylward had a beautiful assist to setup a basket from Ethan Hines and Jayden Donaher added a bucket of his own. Scott Lightburn sank a key free throw late in the game to extend the Knicks lead and two more baskets from Justin Magee and one from Ben Piccolo helped to seal the victory for the Knicks.
The Sixers had a good game, fighting hard throughout while coming up just short at the end. The Sixers received a lot of really good shots from bothers Jack and Drew Rennell, as well as Nick Alvarado, Ryan Murphy, and Alex DelloRusso. It was a great back and forth game, which was tied most of the game. Aj Loder and Eddie Galante had several rebounds each, with Ryan Benchater and Santino D'lippolito playing aggressive defense from start to finish. In the end the Knicks came back with a few big shots late in the game to win.
Celtics 20 - Thunder 19
In a very exciting game that went right down to the buzzer, the Tewksbury Junior Celtics scraped out a 20-19 victory over the Thunder. Neither team lead by more than four points in the hard fought game. Adam Saad had his jump shot working for the Celtics, scoring a team high six points. The scoring for the Celtics was well balanced as Saad was supported by Cade Barron, four, Max Mattuchio four, Peter Impink two, Romyn Lorick two, and Pouriya Mehrabani two. The C’s passing continues to improve and they assisted on eight of their ten baskets. Earning assists were Barron, three, Lorick two, Mattuchio, Mehrabani, and Matthew Flynn, all with one each. Nicholas Ingersoll and Shane Nickerson displayed good team play and each pulled in two rebounds.
Another exciting and close game played by the Thunder, unfortunately they fell short to the Celtics. Both teams started out slow with only a basket each after the 1st period but they got the offensive moving after that. It was a defensive game with strong defense lead by Luke Montejo and Ian Starr, both with multiple rebounds. Nico Gonzalez, Paul Allen and Ben Doucette each had an assist and steals that lead to baskets. Leading the way in scoring for the Thunder were Michael Gaglione, six points, Nathan Jolly, four points, Ryan Flynn, five points and several clutch free throws down the stretch to keep the Thunder close, and Christian Rainone and Damian Ortiz each with 2 points.
Cavs 31 - Pistons 10
The Cavaliers defeated the Pistons this past Saturday. The Cavaliers showed great team balance with seven different Cavaliers hitting the scored while seven different Cavs took turns bringing the ball up the floor as well. It was a complete team effort on the glass as well with all Cavalier’s pulling down at least three rebounds each while playing rock solid defense. Scoring highlights include: Joey Bourgea’s six points, then Kyle Adams, Cam Heichman, Jake Ryan, Andre Monteiro, and Sean Hirtle all scored 2 points each while Anthony Burgess was the high scorer on the day with seventeen points. It was a great team effort and play by the Cavaliers today!
The Pistons had a tough loss against the Cavs. While the Pistons played hard they couldn’t come back against the physical Cavs. The Piston offense was led by Shea Moynihan and Kyle Cummings who had four points. Anthony Naghibi and Mathew Ramsey, two points each, played hard under the basket while Alex Naghibi made some great drives as guard. Ian Shpritzer played some great defense along with Aiden Leal. Both Jason Morris and Aaron Ramsey had some great steals during the game while Colin Caggiano had some excellent rebounds at both ends of the floor. The Pistons played well but couldn’t come away with a win against the stronger Cavs.
T-wolves 28 - Bucks 14
The T-Wolves got back on track and won their 5th game of the year against the Bucks. The T-Wolves jumped out to an early lead with the help of scoring leader AJ Seney. Umari Seney and Wyatt Lafebvre added scoring for the teeam. Although their shots didn't fall Tyler Trodden, Evan Galanis and Owen Kinnon had some nice attemps. Assists were dished out from Evan Galanis, Joey Fiorino and Tyler Trodden. Umari Seney lead the defense with his season high five blocked shots. Outstanding hustle was displayed on the offensive and defensive ends by the entire team.
The Bucks got off to a slow start, getting behind 10-0. Chandler Dubey was the first to put points on the board for the Bucks. Zach Hayes once again played hard on both ends of the court while brothers Simon and Morgan Dunham were defensive animals, along with contributing a couple of offensive rebounds each. Ryan Thompson and Alex Grove continue to limit the defense with their tenacious play as well. PJ Civirtares worked the ball up the court to control the offense. PJ had couple of great shots that just didn't fall for him. Blake Ryder was the high scorer for the Bucks scoring six baskets for twelve points to lead the way. Blake helped keep the Bucks in the game along with the contributions of his teammates. The Bucks gave a great effort today but came up short against a very strong T-wolves team.
Spurs 32 – Cavs 27
The Spurs broke there losing streak with a big win over the Cavs. The Spurs got off to a quick start with a 8 point lead in the first half, but the Cavs kept fighting back and cut lead to 3 late in the second half. The Spurs had some key baskets in the second half to hold on to a 32-27 victory. Max Tyler led the scoring in this one with his great work on the boards and scored 10 points. Kyle Darrigo had several steals and assists and added 6 points. Logan Reinhard also worked the boards and added 4 points. Joshua Linnehan Nick Polimeno, Jason Barnes, Cullain Johnson, Collin Goggins and Daedon Bere each added a basket. Justin Eliase worked hard on the defensive boards.
The Cavs hosted the Spurs Saturday in a game that was decided in the last few possessions. The Spurs jumped out to an early lead but the Cavs remained in striking distance throughout the game. Julian Costello, Jack Stadtman, Dhruv Kaushal, and Louis Mascia played well on the defensive end with key rebounds. Aggressive guard play by Tyler Leeds (2 points), Joey Arsenault (3 points), and Matt Woods (2 points) led to tough layups and trips to the free throw line. Mike Bottaro and Mark Olu (5 points each) created a lot of offensive chances and helped get Mike Duggan (8 points) involved down low in the post.
Celtics 34 – Lakers 18
The Lakers came out to play only to be shut down by the good defense of the Celtics. Will Forbes (2 pts) got the scoring going, followed by Mihir Bagul (2 pts) and Evan Silva (4 pts). The Lakers defense tried to slow down the Celtics with good steals by Nick Bobadilla and Sean Fahey (2 pts). Nick Wilson (4 pts), Brian Doherty (2 pts) contributed in the effort to keep pace with Celtics. Lee Ghannam (2 pts) along with Aiden Crawson added some good rebounding.
Warriors 40 – Sixers 27
The Warriors defeated the 76ers led by Sretej Digmarthi with 10 points, and 11 assists. Sretej was not alone, as Brady Litton was all over the court pouring in 11 points, and playing a great defensive game. Liam McDonald was all over the boards collecting 13 rebounds, and throwing in 10 points as well. Travis Cohen had 3 blocks, 8 rebounds and 4 points, while Jesus Padilla clamped down defensively with 4 steals and 5 points. Dylan Crowley, Justin Flynn, and Charles Matsas contributed to this team win, with great defensive effort and countless rebounds to get the offense rolling.
After an explosive offensive rush by the Warriors in the second quarter, the Sixers settled down and played some solid defense which generated an exciting fourth quarter offensive rush. Ryan Fraser led the defense with a blocked shot, and 9 rebounds, and 4 points, Ryan Rosenberg added 3 steals, 2 rebounds and 3 points, and Robert Ryan had 1 blocked shot, 2 steals and 4 points. Sean Kaiser played strong defense at the line and led the Sixers with 10 points. Henry Pestana and Eric Impink rounded out the scoring with 4 and 2 points each. Nicholas Danielson, Billy Erickson, and Trevor Trodden contributed strong rebounding.
Mavs 26 – Nets 23
The Mavs got off to a fast start against a very strong Nets team and barely held on to win. Leading the scoring for the Mavs were Logan Teixeira and Derek Wilkinson with 8pts, both Dylan Dufrense & Nick Johnston had 4 each and Justin Charlton added 2pts. Aiden Crogan gave another strong performance up top against a very talented group of Nets’ guards. Paul Towers, Josh Astuti and Jake Pelletier all had big games down low on defense while Alex Johnston with a few big rebounds, helped hold on to the lead.
In a mid-season battle of the undefeated teams, the Nets came up short against the swarming defense of the Mavs. After a painfully slow start where the Nets only scored 6 points in a long first half, they kicked up the energy in a wild second half. Starting the second half down by double digits, the Nets leaned on strong guard play by Brandon Wood (3 points), Dan Lightfoot (2 points), Logan Auth, and Jack Panilaitis (6 points) who together forced many turnovers and drove relentlessly to the hoop only to come up short too many times. Sam Hines (4 points) added a spark with some key rebounds, while Connor McFadyen (6 points), Robert Cortes, and Josh Engelken (2 points) stepped up their play down low, grabbing rebounds and providing help defense to slow the Mavs’ attack. After closing the deficit to 1 point with only seconds to go, the second half charge came up just short against the tough Mavs’ squad.
Jazz 49 – Suns 25
The Jazz were firing on all cylinders Saturday against the Suns, playing great team basketball on both ends of the floor. Scoring for the Jazz were Nate Wilkinson (11 pts), James Kochakian (10 pts), Josh Donaher (8 pts), Matt Perron & Tyler Demers with 6 points each, while Matt Pelletier, Bricen Boudreault, Gustavo Tizzotti and Derek Wallace all added 2 points each.
Wizards 46 – Bulls 25
The Wizards played their best game of the season starting out strong in the first half scoring 20 points and holding the Bulls to only 8 points. Dominic Cohen, Calvin Silva, Nicholas Brooks and Adam Trudeau and Logan Singleton’s contributions on defense totaled 10 steals. Ian Tacey, Sean McMahon and Stephen Duquette dominated the boards once again for the Wizards totaling 22 rebounds and they also had at least 1 block each. In the second half Stephen Duquette exploded on offense scoring 10 points along with scoring contributions from Logan Singleton (8pts.), Alec Sokol (7pts), Sean McMahon (7pts), Ian Tacey (6pts) and Adam Trudeau (5pts). As the Bulls started to find a rhythm scoring the Wizards were able to maintain and extend the lead as time expired winning by the score of 46-25.
Celtics 43 – Thunder 32
Hornets 53 – Bucks 24
Heat 48 – Bobcats 32
The Tewksbury White 8th grade team had another great week with 3 more wins in their now 6 game winning streak. The first game was a non-division game against division-leading Billerica White. The game started out back and forth with several lead changes. Tewksbury was able to make a late run to win 59-44. Brennan Rodgers was the high scorer in this one with 13 points. Zach Tyler added 11 and Tony Mannetta made some key free throws and added 7. Connor Nugent and Riley Frost added 6. Dalton Bere with 5 points, Ked and Jake Dillon added 4 each and Joe Schifano had 3.
The second game was a big divisional game against Haverhill. Another close game in the first half but Tewksbury kept the pressure defense on and built a good lead in the second half to hold on to the 60-45 victory. Dalton Bere had the hot hand in this one with 10 points. Jake Dillon Riley Frost and Tony Mannetta added 7 each. Brennan Rodgers 6 points, Joe Schifano 5 points, and Zach Tyler, Connor Nugent and Kevin Carroll each added 4. Ked and Chad Boschetti each added 2 points.
It was another great game against Wyndham when Tewksbury jumped out to an early lead. Wyndham fought back to get within 2 points in the second half. Tewksbury started hitting everything from the outside to hold off Wyndham with a 54-38 victory. Leading scorers with 3-three pointers and 13 points was Riley Frost. Brennan Rodgers with his fast breaks added 12. Tony Mannetta got hot and added 9. Ked and Joe Schifano had 4 each. Dalton Bere had 5, Connor Nugent and Kevin Carroll added a pair. Jake Dillon, Zach Tyler, and Chad Boschetti added 1 each.