TBBL Roundup: Spurs Wrangle Nets, Jazz Hold Off Heat
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Heat 29 – Bucks 14
After the Holiday Break. the Heat took on the Bucks in the early game to kick the second half of the TBBL Junior Division season. The game started out with both teams playing each other tough. The defensive efforts by Sudeep Chitrothu, Ryan Fuedo and Jack Baron, who each pulled down several rebounds, kept the Bucks offense in check. The passing game of Jacob Martel and Kenny Ryder enabled them to get the ball inside to Eric Bellavia who had six points in the first half and finished with nine points. Timmy Bradley also drove to the basket to score four points keeping the game tied at ten apiece. In the second half the Heat’s offense got rolling. With great rebounding by Colin Hansbury and Kenny Ryder, Timmy Bradley was able to lead the fast break. He did a great job of distributing the ball to Jack Baron and Eric Bellavia for lay ups. Jacob Martel and Eric Bellavia both made it to the free throw line, each making one. Colin Hansbury, who got banged up earlier in the game was able to tough it out and scored two points. The Heat, who continued to play tough defense and rebound on both ends of the court were able to limit the Buck’s on offense in the second half. Timmy Bradley, who had the hot hand, was able to add eleven more points to lead the Heat to their second victory of the season, 29 to 14.
The game started with the teams each going basket for basket with the score tied at the half. Blake Ryder, Zachary Hayes had 4 points each. And Chandler Dubay had 2 points. In the second half the bucks defense coming out strong Led by Simon Dunham, Alex Grove and Morgan Dunham. Ryan Thompson controlled the ball offensively for the bucks. The ball just didn't want to fall for him. PJ Civitarese and Connor Broderick each put up 2 points for us in the fourth quarter cutting the heats leads. It was a great team effort for the Bucks despite a tough loss.
Hawks 18 – Sixers 16
The Hawks started out slow early while shaking out the Holiday rust and found themselves trailing by eight points. After shaking it all out and continuing to work hard and battle, the Hawks fought back to tie it up. Brandon Waddell, four points and three rebounds, hit the go ahead shot on a nice pass from Michael Hill with 37 seconds left in the game to preserve the win for the Heat! The Hawks played solid defense in the final moments of the game holding the Sixers off. Michael Carlson was a defensive force creating steals and transitions to create baskets and finished with four points on the afternoon. Brady Wheeler pulled down four rebounds while also playing shutdown defense. Seamus Naughton made several great passes to earn four assists in the game. Liam Kelly had two points and two nice drives to the basket. Michael Hill made some nice drives for layups, and finished with nine points for the game. Derek Musgrave grabbed two key rebounds and was named Defensive Player of the Game. Cooper Robillard was a powerhouse on both ends of the court by rebounding, passing and making it tough for his opponent to get shots off.
The Sixers had a good game fighting hard the whole game. They received several shots from both Drew Rennell and Nick Alvarado. This game was a back and forth affair with the Sixers holding the lead most of the game, but in the end, the Heat were able to hang in there and pull out the victory. For the Sixers, Aj Loder, Eddie Galante and Alex DelloRusso all gathered up several rebounds. Ryan Benchater and Santino D'lippolito played aggressive defense from start to finish.
Cavs 25 – Celtics 12
The Cavaliers played their strongest defensive game of the year against a very tough and resilient Celtics Team. Congratulations to Andre Monteiro, two points for earning the Game Ball for the Cavs for his lock-down defense. Cam Heichman and Jake Ryan, two points, pulled down several rebounds and seemed to gather every loose ball. Jonah Bennet and Big Joe Romero owned the boards. Kyle Adams pushed the Cavs’ offensive tempo, while Zach Sullivan played a very tight defense. Sean Hirtle, two points, once again proved he is one of the best defenders in the league by playing exceptional defense in this game. The Cavs’ fast break attack continues to roll with Joey Bourgea, six points and Anthony Burgess, thirteen points.
The Tewksbury Junior Celtics suffered a tough 25-12 loss to the Cavs as they returned from the holiday break. Romyn Lorick scored four points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Celtics against a very strong Cav’s team. Also getting in on the scoring for the Celtics were Cade Barron, Nicholas Ingersoll, and Max Mattuchio who each had two points while Shane Nickerson and Adam Saad each converted a free throw for one point each. Matthew Flynn did a nice job distributing the ball earning three assists while Pouriya Mehrabani also had an assist and set up his teammates for other scoring opportunities. Jacob Mellen did his best offensively and defensively to help the Celtics on this day.
Rockets 24 – Pistons 23
In a close game in which the Rockets lead from start to finish, the Rockets were able to pull out their first victory of the season yesterday by a 24-23 score against a very tough and game Pistons team. After the Rockets jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, the Pistons came back to within two points and kept it close for remainder of the game. Jonathan Bielecki, Danny Franklin, Justin Darrigo, Drew Nestor and David Forgione played strong defense and grabbed numerous rebounds on both the offensive and defensive side of the court. Quinn Brown, Ryan Mackeen, Jimmy Holmes and Daniel Sullivan handled the ball well in running the offense. It was a complete team effort for the Rockets with seven of the nine players all hitting the scoring column. The Rockets were lead in scoring by Daniel Sullivan and Drew Nestor who scored seven and six points respectively. Scoring was followed up by David Forgione, Jimmy Holmes, Quinn Brown, Ryan Mackeen and Justin Darrigo who had two points apiece. The Pistons had several shots late in the game with a chance to tie it and send it into overtime but the Rockets were able to fend them off and hold on for the victory!
The Pistons had a loss against the Rockets this Saturday that came down to the last second of the game. The Rockets took an early lead but the Pistons came back to tie the game. The Piston offense well represented this game with seven of its players gtting in the scoring column! Colin Cagiano, six points, Anthony Naghibi, four points, Shea Moynihan, five points, along with brothers Mathew and Aaron Ramsey and Kyle Cummings who all scored two point each, while Alex Naghibi made a free throw contributing one point as well. Aiden Leal played great defense with a couple of key steals and Jason Morris was solid under the basket. Some great free throws by the Pistons, Shea Moynihan went 3 for 4 and Alex Naghibi went 1 for 2, got them within 1 point and a final shot at the buzzer just missed falling in for what would have been the win. This was a great, competitive game that was fun to watch by all.
Thunder 18 – Pacers 17
The Thunder kicked off the New Year by getting back to winning a close and hard fought game played by both teams. It was another slow start by the Thunder as they missed their first 15 shots and had no points on the scoreboard after the 1st period. After that the Thunder settled in and got back on track with Michael Gaglione tossing in eight points, gathering four rebounds and dishing out two assists! Damian Ortiz also had eight points and two rebounds while Luke Montejo finished with two points and ten rebound!. Defense is what helped keep the Thunder in the game today and ultimately lead to their victory. Today was a big break out game for Christin Rainone who had 6 rebounds. Ryan Flynn was in foul trouble most of the 2nd half with 4 fouls but his ball handling and passing contributed to scores. Nathan Jolly, Nico Gonzalez, Paul Allen and Ian Starr all contributed in this team win playing aggressive defense. The Thunder play the Pistons next Saturday as they try to reach the .500 mark on the season
Week 7 of the in town JR boys basketball division had the Pacers playing the Thunder in a “barn burner”. The Game was decided by one point after 4 quarters of hard play from both teams. The Pacers came out strong on offense with Nick Degloria (four points and three steals), Will Humphrey (seven points, of which three of them were from the foul line), Timmy Lepore (four points and two steals) and Cam Kearney (two points and four steals). On Defense Billy Burris did a great job covering his man even with some fouls on him, Nathan Petron played strong and tall and made some solid passes while adding three blocked shots! Scott Miller ran up and down the court and proved to be a big part of the tight scoring game helping out on defense and making some key blocks and passes, while Daniel Richardson helped out on both sides of the ball and took a few nice shots and made four steals himself. It was a great effort by all kids in a very close competitive game.
T-wolves 29 – Knicks 20
The T-Wolves were lead in scoring by brothers AJ and Umari Seney. Colby Flahive, Tyler Trodden and Evan Galanis added scoring on offense for the T-wolves. Although their shots didn't fall, Owen Kinnon and Wyatt Lafebvre made some real nice attempts at the basket. The T-Wolves moved the ball well on offense seemingly always finding the open man for a shot. Umari Seney lead the defense again with several blocks and steals. Evan Galanis and AJ Seney also created several turn overs throughout the game. The Knicks made a run in the last quarter of the game but the T-Wolves defense was able to hold them off for the victory.
The Knicks offense got off to a sluggish start until Ben Piccolo broke the ice with a driving layup. The Knicks hung tough thanks to a few outside jumpers from Justin Magee and baskets from Jayden Donaher and Seamus MacDonald. Strong defensive pressure from Ethan Hines, Braydon Aylward and John O'Donnell kept it a one point game at the half. Scott Lightburn played great man defense and forced several jump balls late in the game as Justin Magee and Ben Piccolo continued to score, but in the end, the Knicks came up just a little bit short against a very strong T-wolves team.
Spurs 33 – Nets 31
The Spurs had a big win with a great second half comeback. They had a really slow start when Nets offense came alive. Nets broke out to an early 20-6 lead. The Spurs kept chipping away at the lead in the second half and pulled of the victory in the final seconds with a Kyle Darrego score that sealed the victory. Max Tyler led all scorers in this one and was a force on the boards with 10 points. Kyle Darrigo played great defense and added 6 points. Nick Polimeno, Jason Barnes and Daedon Bere added 4 each. Collin Goggins and Joshua Linnehan scored 2 each. Justin Alias, Logan Reinhard and Cullian Johnson hit the boards and added some good defense.
Cavs 34 – Sixers 14
The Cavs got back in the win column Saturday with a great team effort. Mark Olu and Mike Duggan led the way for the Cavs with 10 points each, and a lot of big rebounds. Joey Arsenault chipped in 6 fast break points with the help of Matt Woods (4 points) throwing some great outlet passes. Defensively Mike Bottaro, Dhruv Kaushaul, and Tyler Leeds had fantastic games applying strong ball pressure. Late in the game Lou Mascia played point guard and handled the ball well against the press and Julian Costello grabbed a few offensive rebounds to help seal the win for the Cavs.
The Sixers continue to struggle in the first half allowing the Cavs to score most of their points in the 2nd quarter. The second half proved to be a better defensive game led by Trevor Trodden with 3 steals, 4 rebounds and netted 4 points, Robert Ryan had 4 steals, 4 rebounds and 6 points. Sean Kaiser and Ryan Fraser added 2 points each and played aggressive defense slowing the Cavs fast break and strong boards. Billy Erickson stepped up defensively with 3 rebounds and a deflected pass, Nicholas Danielson and Henry Pestana contributed to the defense with strong boards.
Mavs 25 – Lakers 20
The Mavs got on the board first, only to get the Lakers to respond, Sean Fahey 10 points, would get the Lakers on the board with help from James Ministeri and Nick Wilson with good passing and rebounding. Mihir Bagul 6 points would try to keep pace with the Mavs scoring attack with help from Nick Bobadilla 2 points and 6 rebounds. Evan Silva 2 points and a couple of key steals would try to keep the Mavs from scoring. Aiden Crawson, Brian Doherty, and Will Forbes would provide good rebounds and passes to their teammates.
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.
Thunder 40 – Bobcats 25
For the Thunder, the scoring went as follows; Chris Zdinak (11 points), Andrew Lafebvre (10 points), Sean Whelton (9 points), Tyler Paulding (6 Points), and Cam Hodgson (4). Other players who assisted in the Thunder victory both on offensive and defensive were Rob Chisolm, Jack O’Neil and Owen Gilligan. Jake Forgione led the Bobcats scoring with 10 points with Rob Kimtis, Andrew Froio, Matt Fronduto, Cameron Grace and Patrick Dunn tallying as well. Aria Mehrabani, Mike Fowler, Rhen Trinidade and Matt Perriera made some key assists and were aggressive on the defensive end.
Jazz 43 – Heat 37
The Jazz were able to hold off a tough Heat team Saturday by a score of 43 - 37. Another big day by Josh Donaher with 17pts along with both Matt Perron & Nate Wilkinson with 10 pts each. Tyler Demers had a big game defensively. He was all over the floor to help slow down the Heat. Rounding out the scoring were Matt Pellitier, Gustavo Tizzotti, and James Kochakian with 2 pts each.
Hornets 40 – Celtics 32
The Hornets got off to slow start against a tough Celtics team. Scoring was led by Jake Rucchio, who had 12, followed by Justyn Lester with 9 and Evan wood with 8. Riley Auth chipped in also with 6. Ball movement by David Miller and Sean Manson was great. Mike Kelleher was strong on defense.
Wizards 34 Suns 32
The Wizards came out and played a good first half against a strong physical team scoring 18 points and holding the Suns to 10. Scoring contributions came from Ian Tacey, Alec Sokol and Logan Singleton. Calvin Silva, Nicholas Brooks, Dominic Cohen and Adam Trudeau contributions on defense totaled 10 steals. Ian Tacey, Sean McMahon and Stephen Duquette fought hard for a combined 15 total rebounds. In the second half the Wizards had a slow start offensively which the Suns were able to capitalize on shrinking the Wizard lead to 4points. In the fourth quarter the Wizards scored 12 points and were able to hold off a late push from the Suns winning by a score of 34-32. Scoring contributions are as follows Logan Singleton (12pts.), Alec Sokol (8pts), Stephen Duquette (6pts.), Ian Tacey (4pts) Sean McMahon (2pts), and Nicholas Brooks (2pts).
Bulls defeated the Bucks
Tewksbury White 7th Grade started off the New Year with back and forth defensive game vs. the Metheun Rangers. Tewksbury jumped out in front 5-0, as Thomas Barinelli (2 pts.) and Aiden Doherty (4 pts.) drove to the basket for lay-ups. Santino Garofalo (9 pts.) tipped in a couple of rebounds, but Metheun sank a couple of jumpers tying the score at 11-11. Joey Branchaud (3 pts.) went two for two from the line and Anthony Disanto (7 pts.) sank a three ball for the Redmen to give Tewksbury the lead again, 18-15. Metheun fought back with jumpers tying the score 19-19, at the half. The Redmen applied full court pressure to start the second half as Colby Ward (6 pts.) stole errant Metheun passes and scored. Andrew Eringis (3 pts.) sank a free throw as Tewksbury started to pull away, 27-22. Metheun cut the lead as Rob Evangelista (5 pts.) drained a couple of jumpers, Tewksbury in front 31-28, with 6:21 on the clock. In the final minutes, the Redmen pulled away as Jason Martineau (2 pts.) went two for two from the line and Evan Mantel led the defense which limited Metheun to a total of eleven second half points, Tewksbury staying in front for a final score of 41-30.
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