TBBL Roundup: Thunder Strike Down Heat, Spurs Defeat Lakers
Jan 13, 2015 04:00PM
● By Kieran Gilman
(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the administration of the TBBL.)
Pistons 26 – Thunder 24
The Pistons had a great win against the Thunder this week that came down to the last second of the game. The Piston offense was well represented this game with Colin Cagiano (4 points), Kyle Cummings (10 points), Shea Moynihan (6 points), Mathew Ramsey (4 points), and Ian Shpritzer (2 points) all contributing to the scoring. Aiden Leal played great defense while Alex Naghibi made two key steals to keep the Thunder from coming back. Jason Morris was solid under the basket and Anthony Naghibi, Aaron Ramsey were great as guards. Overall, a powerful performance by the Pistons.
It was another exciting Saturday basketball game for the Thunder, unfortunately they fell short to the Pistons 26-24. The Thunder, with only six players for Saturday’s matinee all did great and gave excellent hustle. The Thunder found themselves behind at the half by fourteen points, but both teams matched one another basket for basket in the 3rd, which didn’t help the Thunder overall. As the 4th quarter started, the Thunder trailed by 12. That’s when the rally began for the Thunder by tightening up their defense. The Thunder were led by Damian Ortiz, Paul Allen and Luke Montejo who tossed in six points. Nico Gonzalez played big finishing with ten plus rebounds. Michael Gaglione dropped a season high twelve points and Ben Doucette finished four points. But the final shot at the buzzer did not fall for the Thunder, just rolling off the rim and falling out as the buzzer sounded. This team plays with great heart and they are in every game! Great team effort once again by all and a heartbreaking loss today.
Heat 14 – Celtics 12
In the first half the Heat were able to keep up with the Celtics with strong defense which was led by Matthew Stadtman, Jack Baron and Ryan Fuedo. The Heat continued to rebound the ball well on both sides of the court. Kenny Ryder and Colin Hansbury did a great job on the defensive boards, while Eric Bellavia, Joshua Maher and Jacob Martel were able to fight for rebounds on the offensive end resulting in a lot of second chances. Timmy Bradley continued to distribute the ball inside and added six points for the game. In the second half the Heat continued to battle with the Celtics. The entire team played hard on both sides of the ball and were able to hold a slim lead. Behind tenacious defense by the Celtics the Heat were only able to put up six more points in the second half by the outside shooting of Kenny Ryder and Timmy Bradley. Eric Bellavia who continued his strong play down low, added six points for the game.
Max Mattuchio led the Celtics in scoring with six points. Peter Impink, Romyn Lorick, and Pouriya Mehrabani each added two points. Matthew Flynn was a monster on the boards pulling in ten rebounds. Adam Saad had three rebounds and Cade Barron grabbed two. Nicholas Ingersoll, Jacob Mellen, and Shane Nickerson worked hard defensively to keep the score close.
Pacers 28 – Sixers 12
The Pacers hit the 1st basket of the game with Nick Degloria, six points, four steals and two blocks, and Scott Miller, two points and three blocks. These points were set up by key passes from Lucas Adams and Daniel Richardson. The Pacers offense was also supported by Sam White who had six points and two steals, Nathan Petron, four points and two blocks, Billy Burris, four points and three steals. On the defense side of the court, Cameron Kearney, two points and four steals and William Humphrey, two points, two steals and one block were firing up and down the court to apply the press. Both teams played hard and the fans enjoyed the game.
The Sixers started off the game with a lot of great defense and maintained that throughout. Drew Rennell lead the scoring for the sixers while AJ Loder, Ryan Murphy, Alex DelloRusso, Eddie Galante and Nick Alvarado all had one basket each. Jack Rennell made two foul shots as well. A lot of shots came from Ryan Benchater that bounced and rolled around the rim but just wouldn’t fall in for him or the Sixers. Santino D'Ippolito and the Sixers gave it all they had to try to win the game but came up just short. The Sixers found themselves in a10 point deficit and were unable to make up the difference against a strong Pacers team. The Sixers played tough throughout the game, never giving up.
Cavs 30 – Knicks 9
The Cavs met with a very fast paced and formidable Knicks Team this past Saturday. Congratulations to Jonah Bennet, two points, and “Big Joe” Romero, four points, for both earning the game ball for their power rebounding and defense today. Cam Heichman grabbed every loose ball, while Andre Montiero pushed the Cavs’ offensive tempo. Sean Hirtle, two points, once again delivered an impressive defensive effort. Kyle Adams pressed the fast break throughout the game. Joey Bourgea, eight points, played his best defensive game of the year while earning some very key baskets in the game to help gain an early Cavs lead. Anthony Burgess scored fourteen points for the Cavs.
The Knicks fell to the Cavs in a hard fought game on Saturday. The Knicks offense got off to a quick start thanks to an early free throw from Ben Piccolo. After falling behind, the Knicks attempted to rally when Justin Magee sank two outside shots. The defense tightened up late with Jayden Donaher, Ethan Hines, John O'Donnell, and Braydon Aylward all contributing along with Scott Lightburn, James Carroll and Colin Giguere controlling the boards. Seamus MacDonalald also played great man to man defense that helped keep the Knicks close. In the end the Cavs offense was a little too much for the Knicks on this day.
T-wolves 33 – Hawks 15
The T-wolves were led in scoring by AJ Seney who scored nine points. The T-wolves team came alive with scoring on this day behind Umari Seney, six points, Vincent Marchelletta, two points, Wyatt Lafabvre, for points, Colby Flahive, four points and Evan Galanis, four points. Defensive leader, Umari Seney lead the team in steals and blocked shots. Tyler Trodden and Colby Cooledge matched up well against the Hawks big men and played solid defense inside. Joey Fiorino and Owen Kinnon created many turnovers on defense.
The Heat made a valiant effort against a great T- Wolves team on Saturday. Brady Wheeler made a great heads up play by allowing the ball to go out to retain possession and get a basket. Seamus Naughton had several good passes and a steal while Brandon Waddell made two nice long passes to create wide open shots for the Heat on offense. Derek Musgrave continues to dominate with outstanding defense. Aidan MacDonald had two points and made a nice no look pass to an open player. Liam Kelly shows his ball handling skills while contributing four points. Andrew Estabrook made a great inside pass to earn an assist. Michael Carlson scored four points, while contributing two steals and several rebounds. Michael Hill made a nice drive to the hoop, got fouled and hit one of his foul shots to finish with five points on the day.
Bucks 16 – Rockets 11
In a nip and tuck game between the Bucks and Rockets, the Bucks were able to come away with a hard fought victory. The Bucks were led by Chandler Dubay who put a basket in for the Bucks early in the first quarter. Connor Broderick came alive when the Bucks needed him as well with four big points and multiple rebounds. Once again Zack Hayes and Ryan Thompson helped control the ball offensively along with containing the speed of the Rockets point guards. Brothers Morgan and Simon Dunham worked together to keep the Rockets from any offensive rebounds. Garret McNulty and Alex Grove were key defensive players for the Bucks on this day. Blake Ryder put up ten points and had many rebounds at both ends of the court.
The Rockets found themselves on the back side of a tough, hard fought, defensive struggle, 16-11. The Rockets played very well together as a team and received contributions from all the players on their team. Offensively the Rockets were led by Quinn Brown who attacked the basket very well and strong and scored four points. Also scoring for the Rockets were David Forgione who also had four points, Jayden Trudeau, two points and Justin Darrigo who made a free throw. Jimmy Holes did a nice job bringing the abll up the floor and making nice passes. Jonathan Bielecki and Danny Franklin worked tremendously hard inside and rebounded the ball well at both ends of the floor. Ryan MacKenn took some solid shots at the basket but didn’t have any luck with the ball falling in for him. Drew Nestor played good defense as well as rebounding on offense especially. Daniel Sullivan has a good overall game helping to handle the ball, passing and defending.
Celtics 44 – Sixers 20
The Celtics played a great game to lead to a win over a good Sixers team that was missing a couple players. 12 points scored from Jason D who led all scorers had a great game. A lot of good rebounding turned in by the Celtics’ bigs Felix N, Devin S, and Alex N along with the rest of the celtics team. Liam M had a few assists that led to easy baskets for his teammates who also played great on the defensive end. Marcus C and Mark B had 8 points each who both played great on both sides of the basketball. Seamus C and John C both had awesome games rebounding, playing defense, and some good passing and both had good looks on the offensive end. Cole K scored a couple baskets and had some key steals during the game. An overall great team effort from the Celtics who played as one unit to get the win.
Spurs 32 – Lakers 28
The Lakers would get things going with Mihir Bagul 9pts, with help from Nick Bobadilla providing intense defense on the high powered Spurs. Brian Doherty 3 pts, Will Forbes 2pts, Nick Wilson 2pts would add to the scoring with good passing and rebounding. James Ministeri,Lee Ghannam and Evan Silva all with 2pts added to the Lakers offense. Aiden Crawson provided much needed rebounding to keep the Spurs at bay. Sean Fahey 6pts attempted to surpass the Spurs but they would not let that happen beating the Lakers 32-28.
Nets 26 – Cavs 23
The Cavs got off to a fast start Saturday morning with 12 points in the first quarter, led by Mike Duggan with 6 points, and Matt Woods with a bucket too. The Cavs worked hard on offense to put shots up but struggled to find the bottom of the net down the stretch. Free throws in the second half by Joey Arsenault and Mark Olu kept the game within reach. On defense, the Cavs did a great job with their man to man defense, communicating and calling out switches on pick and rolls were great to see. Tyler Leeds, Mike Bottaro, Julian Costello, Jack Stadtman, Louis Mascia, and Dhruv Kaushal all played solid team defense. Credit a good Nets team for hanging tough and chipping away to get a hard fought W.
Warriors 28 – Mavs 26
The Warriors tipped off against an undefeated Mavs squad and had a slow start falling behind 8-0 in the early going. Will McFadyen (7 rebounds and 6 steals) and Justin Flynn (fierce man defense) sparked a defensive effort that got the Warriors back into the game. Liam McDonald grabbed one of his 7 rebounds and put it back to get the Warriors on the board. In the second quarter Jesus Padilla sliced to the hoop and drew a foul and Brady Litton pressured the ball to keep the Warriors in striking distance. Just before the half Travis Cohen (6 points) and Sreetej Digmurthi (6 points) hit jumpers to close the half with only a 14-9 deficit. In the third quarter Charles Matsas stole the ball and hit a long pass to Luke McFadyen (8 points) as the Warriors seized the lead 20-16 going into the last quarter. The Mavs ripped off a quick 10 point run to start the fourth but just before the substitution break Dylan Crowley weaved through the defenders and found Travis Cohen for a foul line jumper. With under a minute left the Warriors were able to use the same play twice with Luke McFadyen driving down the sideline and finding Liam McDonald (8 points) underneath for layups to take the lead with 10 seconds left. Sreetej Digmurthi sealed the victory with a last second steal and the Mavs pressuring the basket.
Bobcats 30 – Hornets 29
Rob Kimtis hit a clutch free throw with 5 seconds left propelling the Bobcats to a 30-29 win over the previously undefeated Hornets in an action packed game.The Bobcats never trailed in the game, but were tied with 15 second left, before Kimtis (9 pts) hit the big free throw to ice it. It was an all-around team effort for the Bobcats as they applied a tough defense and grabbed some key rebounds. Jake Forgionne (4 pts), Aria Mehrabani (4 pts), Matt Perriera, Rhen Trinidade, Michael Fowler were all over the court, making things happen on both ends. Patrick Dunn (2pts), Matt Fronduto (6 pts) and Cameron Grace (3 pts) pulled down many key rebounds, while Andrew Froio (4 pts) and Kimtis did a great job of beating pressure and getting the ball down the court.
Thunder 40 – Heat 38
For the Thunder, the scoring went as follows; Andrew Lafebvre (13 points), Sean Whelton (11 points), Chris Zdinak (6 points), Cam Hodgson (6 points), Tyler Paulding (2 points), and Matt Dugan (2 points). Other players who assisted in the Thunder victory both on offensive and defensive were Rob Chisolm, Jack O’Neil and Owen Gilligan.
Wizards 45 – Bucks 21
The Wizards played their best game of the season on both ends of the court Saturday against a good team. In the first half the Wizards were able to put pressure on the opponents scoring 22 and holding the Bucks to 11. Scoring in the first half came from Ian Tacey, Alec Sokol and Logan Singleton, Sean McMahon, Adam Trudeau and Calvin Silva. Stephen Duquette and Sean McMahon led the team in rebounding but everyone contributed with at least 1 and Ian Tacey totaling 9 blocks in the game which is a season high for him. Thanks to the defensive efforts of Nicholas Brooks, Calvin Silva with a total of 4 steals the Wizards were victorious by the final score of 45-21. Scoring totals are as follows Sean McMahon (12pts), Adam Trudeau (11pts.), Logan Singleton (9pts.), Ian Tacey (8pts), Alec Sokol (3pts) and Calvin Silva (2pts). This is the Wizards third win in a row moving them to 4-4 on the season.
Jazz 54 – Bulls 32
The Jazz held on to beat a good shooting Bulls team on Saturday 54 - 32. Scoring for the Jazz, Nate Wilkinson 16pts, Josh Donaher 12pts, both Matt Perron & James Kochakian had 7pts each. Tyler Demers was outstanding on defense and caused many turn overs. Rounding out the scoring was Gustavo Tizzotti 6pts, Matt Pellitier 4pts, and Bricen Boudreault with 2pts.
Celtics defeated the Suns