TBBL Roundup: Hornets Sting Bulls, Sixers Beat Pistons
The Tewksbury Junior Celtics held off a late charge from the Rockets to hang on for a hard fought 24-21 victory! The Celtics were led by Cade Barron who had six points. Matthew Flynn and Romyn Lorick had strong all around games contributing four points, three rebounds and three steals each. Peter Impink, Pouriya Mehrabani, Jacob Mellen and Adam Saad all added a basket to round out the scoring for the Celtics. Max Mattuchio had a big day on the boards pulling down twelve rebounds while Nicholas Ingersoll did a nice job getting the offense started for the Celtics.
The Rockets jumped out to an early 4-2 lead after one quarter but then found themselves behind 13-6 later on in the game. In the fourth quarter the Rockets were able to pull closer behind good defense and passing on offense. Jimmy Holmes, David Forgione, Justing Darrigo and Daniel Sullivan all played excellent defense throughout the game! Quinn Brown played a terrific game handling the ball, getting to the basket and making several nice passes. Jonathan Bielecki and Danny Franklin played solid at both ends of the floor rebounding and getting up a few shots in and around the basket that just wouldn’t fall. Drew Nester and Ryan MacKeen had several offensive rebounds and scored off of them as well. The Rockets were led on offense by Daniel Sullivan’s seven points, closely followed by Quinn Brown and his six points. Drew Nestor dropped four points for the Rockets while Ryan MacKeen and Justin Darrigo scored two points each to round out the scoring.
The Pacers jumped out fast with eight points from four different players in the 1st play period of the game. The Pacers were able to do this based on awesome ball movement and outstanding teamwork. This was led by Sam White, two points, two steals and one block, Billy Burris thirteen points, two steals and many key passes, Scott Miller, ten points and two blocks, and Timmy Lepore, four points and two blocks. These points were the result of some outstanding ball movement and passing from Nathan Petrone, Daniel Richardson and Lucas Adams. In the 2nd half of the game, the Pacers had some great defensive plays from Cam Kearney, four points and four steals, and Nick Degloria, also four points, two steals and two blocks, and William Humphrey, four points, two blocks and one steal. The Pacers finished the Game strong and continue to have fun.
The short-handed T-Wolves fell to a very strong Pacers team on this day. The T-Wolves were led in scoring by Vincent Marchelletta, Colby Flahive, and Evan Galanis. The T-Wolves defensive had a few highlights with steals from Evan Galanis, Vincent Marchelletta and Tyler Trodden. Tyler Trodden and Colby Cooledge matched up well against the Pacers big men inside. Joey Fiorino and Owen Kinnon created some turnovers for the T-wolves. The T-wolves worked hard and hung in there despite being behind throughout the game. The T-Wolves will regroup at practice this week to get back to their winning ways.
The Thunder were able to get back on the winning track by defeating the Hawks 21-14 on Saturday. The Thunder came out flying, taking a 9-0 advantage in the 1st but the Hawks battled back to cut the lead to 15-10 at the half, but the Thunder were able to hold on for the win with some key steals in the 4th and some clutch free throw shooting to secure the victory! Leading the offense for the Thunder this week were Ryan Flynn and Michael Gaglione, both with six points, followed by Luke Montejo four points, Ian Starr two points, Nico Gonzalez two points and Damian Ortiz with one. On the defensive side of the floor, Christian Rainone, Ben Doucette and Paul Allen all had some great steals and rebounds that helped slow down the Hawks.
The Thunder were able to jump out to a quick lead but the Hawks fought back to get the game close. Seamus Naughton had a great day on both offense and defensive ends of the court. Michael Hill made some solid passes and finished with six points. Michael Carlson had a great end to end drive and scored the basket. Liam Kelly finished with four assists and two steals. Aidan MacDonald played shutdown defense and finished with four points. Derek Musgrave had two blocks and got off two nice shots. Cooper Robillard wowed the crowd with his outstanding defense. Brandon Waddell showcased his low post moves and finished with two points.
The game started out with both teams playing each other tough and feeling each other out. The defensive efforts by Sudeep Chitrothu, Ryan Fuedo and Jack Baron, who each pulled down several rebounds, kept the Knicks offense in check. The passing game of Jacob Martel and Kenny Ryder enabled the Heat to get the ball inside to Eric Bellavia who had two points in the first quarter and finished with the game with six points. Timmy Bradley also drove to the basket to score five baskets and scored one free throw in the first half. In the second quarter, the continued and improved efforts from Matthew Stadtman and Joshua Maher on defense, along with outstanding rebounding from Kenny Ryder, who pulled down over ten rebounds, were able to keep the Knicks to four points in the first half. Timmy Bradley was able to lead the fast break for the Heat. He did a great job of distributing the ball to Eric Bellavia for two lay ups. The Knicks, who were able to clamp down on defense, were able to hold the Heat to just eight points in the second half. With second chance shots from offensive rebounding by Jack Baron and Eric Bellavia, Timmy Bradley was able to add four more points to lead the Heat to their third victory in a row, 21-16.
The Knicks comeback came up just short against the Heat in a hard fought game on Saturday. The Knicks got themselves into an early hole before storming back. The offense got kick started thanks to two quick baskets from Jayden Donaher and a driving layup from Seamus MacDonald. Ben Piccolo did a little bit of everything scoring inside and outside and John O'Donnell sank a jumper to cut into the lead. Justin Magee, Ethan Hines, Braydon Aylward and Jamers Carroll tightened up the pressure on the defensive end and Scott Lightburn sank two key free throws to cut the lead to just 1. But, the Heat dug deep and scored a late bucket to ice the game late in the 4th.
It was another exciting win for the Sixers today against a very good and game Pistons squad! The Sixers team played hard all game especially after finding themselves behind for most of it, not giving up at all during the game. They fought back to win with great defense from Ryan Benchater, Santino D'Ippolito, and Ryan Murphy, who hit one foul shot. Drew Rennell was the power house on the team during this game with ten points, Nick Alvarado eight points, AJ Loder two points, Jack Rennell two points and Eddie Galante with two points and one foul shot.
The Pistons had a hard fought game against the Sixers this weekend but could not come away with the win. The Game was close all 4 quarters with the Pistons maintaining a slight lead throughout most of it. Anthony Naghibi, eight points and Kyle Cummings, also eight points led the Piston offense with Mathew Ramsey, four points, and Shea Moynihan, two points, also lending support. Colin Cagiano and Ian Shpritzer played some great physical basketball under the basket and Jason Morris and Aiden Leal made some excellent passing as the Piston’s guards. Defensively the Piston standouts were Alex Naghini and Aaron Ramsey. Alex had a stellar defensive day with multiple blocked shots as well as some key steals while Aaron also came up with the ball on some great steals. It was a great performance by the Pistons even though they came up just shy of the win.
The Cavaliers played a solid Bucks Team, with both teams providing balanced shooting attacks. Unfortunately many of the good shots the Bucks had just wouldn’t fall for them. For the Cavs, Congratulations go out to Zack Sullivan for earning the Game Ball for his hustle and rebounding. Cam Heichman had many fast breaks to help lead the Cav’s offense. Jake Ryan, two points, played one of his better games of the season on offense and defense. Kyle Adams hit six big points in the paint. Andre Monteiro led the team in rebounds. Jonah Bennet has an “ESPN-block” in the game, and Sean Hirtle’s defense was tight as a glove. Joey Bourgea had very many clean steals and eight points and Anthony Burgess hit sixteen points to lead the Cavs offense.
The Bucks showed a lot of heart and soul in this one against the number one team in the standings, Cavs. The Bucks played hard and fought right to the end. Alex Grove, Pj Civitarese, Ryan Thompson and Garrett McNulty worked together to control the defense. Brothers Morgan and Simon Dunham pulled down several defensive rebounds throughout the game. Chandler Dubey and Connor Broderick had multiple shots at the basket but they just wouldn't fall in. Zachary Hayes had a basket and played tough the whole game while Blake Ryder had three points and continues to show that you never give up!
The Mavs jumped back into the win column Saturday against a tough Sixers team. Scoring for the Mavericks, Derek Wilkinson 10pts, both Logan Teixeira and Nick Johnston had 8pts, Aiden Crogan 6pts, Jake Pellitier, Josh Astuti, Paul Tower, Alex Johnston, and Dylan Dufrense had 2pts each. Justin Charlton had many big rebounds to help seal the victory.
With their top two scorers out or limited due to illness, the Nets turned in an exceptional defensive effort to hold off an intense push by the Lakers. Logan Auth led all scorers with 5 points, including a big free throw in the first quarter where the Nets jumped out to a 7-2 lead. Robert Cortes also added a basket in the first quarter, and Dan Lightfoot added 2 of his 4 in the opening quarter. While the Nets were held scoreless for the second and third quarter, they depended on their strong defense by all players including Connor McFadyen and Josh Engelken. In the fourth quarter, Jack Panilaitis fought through his illness to add a bucket and distribute the ball as Dan Lightfoot, Sam Hines, and Logan Auth each added a fourth quarter basket to seal the win.
The Cavs had a hard time slowing down a well-rounded Celtics team Saturday evening. Matt Woods did his best to keep the Cavs in the game with 6 points and some nice passes from Louis Mascia. On the glass Mark Olu and Mike Duggan ripped down a bunch of boards to give the Cavs some second chances. Jack Stadtman played some great help defense and Julian Costello got to a few loose balls in the paint. Defensively, Joey Arsenault, Tyler Leeds, Dhruv Kaushal, and Mike Bottaro did their best to slow down the talented Celtic guards.
The Jazz held in to beat a tough defensive Wizards team Saturday 38 - 29. Nate Wilkinson scored 12pts, Josh Donaher 11pts, Matt Perron 9pts, Tyler Demers, Gustavo Tizzotti, and James Kochakian all had 2pts. Both Matt Pellitier and Bricen Boudreault played great defense to help seal the victory. The Wizards played a good game against a strong opponent. Scoring in the first half came from Ian Tacey, Alec Sokol, Calvin Silva and Adam Trudeau. Stephen Duquette Ian Tacey Adam Trudeau led the team in rebounding but just about everyone contributed with at least 1. Thanks to the defensive efforts of Nicholas Brooks, Dominic Cohen and Logan Singleton the Wizards were able to keep the game close.
The Hornets came out hard right from tip off led by Justyn Lester who had 27 points, Jake Rucchio who had 8 points and Dave miller who had 6 points. Defense was strong with Dante Amerlio having two steals and Mike Kelleher and Riley Auth controlling the boards, while Shawn mason chipped in 4 points.
Scoring a season high point total, the Bobcats out dueled the aggressive Bucks 54-38 at the Wynn. Matt Fronduto led the Bobcats scoring with 18, while Cameron Grace added 12. Fronduto, Grace and Patrick Dunn ( 2 points), were forces under both baskets, pulling down many key rebounds. The Bobcats were able to quickly break the Bucks press, with a number of players making sharp passes. Jake Forgione ( 8 pts), Robby Kimtis (6 pts), Andrew Froio ( 4 pts) and Michael Fowler ( 2pts), made many big plays to move breaks along. The Bobcats played tenacious defense as Ari Mehrabani (2 points), Rhen Trinidade and Matt Perriera were constantly pressuring the Bucks as they tried to set up their attack. They also did a great job of bringing the ball out of their own end and making plays to set up the offense.
On Sunday, playing shorthanded with only 8 players including missing both our point guards, we saw the true character of this team’s development. The team traveled to Billerica to take on Billerica White, a division up from us. Down early in the first half 11 to 2, the boys started to play defense the way they know how. Some huge blocked shots by Santino Garofalo (8 rebounds) and Anthony Disanto (4 rebounds) along with some quick steals by Aiden Doherty (3pts) and Evan Mantel (5pts), they were able to close the gap and found themselves down at the half only by 5. Again the boys came out in the second half with a full court man to man defense that stymied Billerica, as Joey Branchard (4 steals & 4 points) and Robert Evangelista (3 steals and 5points) along with Andrew Eringis (5 steals, 15 rebounds and 10 points), brought the game to within one point. It was Max Cummings with 5 rebounds that came up huge near the end of regulation where he grabbed a huge rebound and put it back up to score his only points for the game to give the team its first lead and the eventual win, 31 to 27. Two huge back to back wins bringing the team to 11 wins and 8 losses on the season and proving down the stretch we are going to be a tough team to beat.
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