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2 Weeks of TBBL Roundups: Thunder Beat Knicks in OT, Hornets Beat Wizards

Feb 12, 2015 11:41AM ● By Kieran Gilman
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Junior Division

T-wolves 27 – Pistons 26
After nearly two weeks off, the T-wolves got back to their winning ways with a victory against the talented Pistons.  The T-wolves were lead in scoring by Umari Seney, fifteen points, AJ Seney, six points, and Colby Flahive, six points.  The last four minutes of the game were exciting and Colby Flahive's basket with two minutes left made the difference.  Defensive standouts for the T-wolves were Evan Galanis, Vincent Marchelletta, Tyler Trodden, while Owen Kinnon contributed to the offense with steals and blocked shots.  Colby Cooledge, Joey Fiorino and Wyatt Lafabvre matched up well against the Pistons big men. This was a great team win for the T- wolves and an exciting game throughout.

The Pistons had a hard fought game against the T-Wolves that came down to the final buzzer.  The game was close all 4 quarters with the Pistons maintaining a slight lead through most of it.  Shea Moynihan (twelve points) and Anthony Naghibi, six points, led the Piston Offense with Aaron Ramsey, four points, Mathew Ramsey, two points, and Kyle Cummings, two points lending support.  Alex Naghibi and Ian Shpritzer played some great physical basketball under the basket and Aiden Leal made some great steals on defense.  The Pistons made some great steals with seconds left to give them a final opportunity but the basketball would not fall so the Pistons lost by one.  An unfortunate loss but a great game overall.

Cavs defeated the Hawks
The Junior Cavaliers had a very strong offensive and defensive game this past Saturday.  Congratulations to Andre Monteiro for earning the Game Ball for sinking ten points and grabbing many loose balls. Jake Ryan and Jonah Bennet both had some impressive blocks and steals. Sean Hirtle played very tight defense while also scoring three points. Kyle Adams had some great blocks and two points. “Big Joe” Romero pulled down many boards and scored two points. Joey Bourgea earned twelve big points on his fast break attack while Anthony Burgess scored sixteen points.   

The game started off with a lot of steals and fast breaks. Andrew Estabrook played point guard very well. Michael Carlson made numerous steals. Brandon Wasdell was a rebounding machine. Michael Hill made several passes to create shots for his teammates. Cooper Robillard played great defense until a leg injury sidelined him. Brady Wheeler played the point guard position and dished off some nice passes. Liam Kelly made some nice drives to the hoop. Derek Musgrave inbounded the ball very well. Aidan MacDonald was everywhere on the court. Seamus Naughton passed and defended well.

Knicks 25 – Rockets 17
In a very competitive game this weekend, the Knicks hung on to top the Rockets on Saturday. The Knicks offense got off to a nice start thanks to early baskets from Ben Piccolo, Seamus MacDonald and Braydon Aylward. The game remained close throughout and the Knicks maintained their slight advantage after hoops from Jayden Donaher and Justin Magee. The Knicks tightened up their defense with Scott Lightburn grabbing rebounds and John O'Donnell forcing jump balls. However the game remained too close to call until a late basket from Ethan Hines put the game slightly out of reach and gave the Knicks a hard fought win.

The Rockets had a nice balance with their team with five of the nine players all hitting the scoring column while three others had shots just fall out keeping them off the scoreboard but overall great efforts. Leading the way in scoring for the Rockets were Quinn Brown who had six points, followed by Justin Darrigo, four points, Daniel Sullivan, three points, and David Forgione and Ryan Mackeen, two points each. Grabbing big rebounds for the Rockets were Jonathan Bielecki and Danny Franklin. Jimmy Holmes played a very strong offensive game handling the ball and getting good shots off while Drew Nestor contributed several excellent shots at the basket as well that just would not fall. The Rockets continue to play hard and improve each week.

Celtics defeated the Sixers
The Celtics rode a strong second half to pull away from the Sixers.  Romyn Lorick led the way with thirteen points and ten rebounds.  Also scoring was Cade Barron (six), Matthew Flynn (four), Adam Saad (four), Pouriya Mehrabani (two), and Shane Nickerson (two).  The Celtics displayed good teamwork with nine team assists.  Peter Impink had three assists, while Flynn and Nickerson added two and Mehrabani and Saad tallied one.  Jacob Mellen, Nicholas Ingersoll, and Max Mattuchio had strong defensive efforts and each grabbed five rebounds.  

The Sixers had a good game fighting hard the whole game. A lot of shots from Drew Rennell, Jack Rennell and one shot from Alex DelloRusso.  It was a back and forth game throughout the first half, but the Sixers fell too far behind in the second half. AJ Loder, Eddie Galante and Ryan Murphy had a lot of rebounds for the Sixers while Santino D'lippolito played aggressive defense from start to finish. In the end, the Celtics hit several more shots to take home the win.

Pacers 21 – Heat 14
The Pacers jumped out 1st with the scoring lead by Billy Burris (four points, four steals and one block) and Scott Miller (two points, two steals and three blocks) and Cameron Kearney who turned it on big time in the 4th ( five points and five steals).  As the game move forward the Heat grabbed the lead but the Pacers were not giving up, Timmy Lepore (two points and three steals) hit a key basket in the 3rd Quarter to help his team while William Humphrey brought his A Game with four points, two blocks and one steal.  Nathan Petrone came up with a great offense rebound and made the follow up shot to give the Pacers the lead back, this was supported by the great ball movement from Sam White (two points and two steals) and Nick Degloria who played some wicked awesome defense today along with Lucas Adams and Daniel Richardson who made some key steals on defense to shut down the Heat.

The Heat lost a close contest to the Pacers this week.  The game was divided by two points for most of regulation.  Highlighted by tremendous defensive play by Josh Maher, Jacob Martel and Kenny Ryder the Heat were able to keep the game close and traded leads.  Jack Baron and Ryan Feudo had several steals each and crashed the boards. The Heat were led offensively by Timmy Bradley with six points, Colin Hansbury with four points and Eric Bellavia and Matt Steadman who each chipped in with a bucket apiece.  In the end, the pressure from the Pacers defense proved to be much for the Heat to overcome.  The Heat will be back at practice on Monday, however the practice is closed to public.

Thunder 12 – Bucks 11   
The Thunder make it 2 in row and even its record to 5-5 in the season with one game remaining before the playoffs.  Baskets were tough to find for both teams throughout the entire game with both teams playing excellent defense.  It was a season low for points scored for the Thunder but they were still able to pull out the victory.  Leading the way in scoring for the Thunder were Luke “the Worm” Montejo with six points, Michael Gaglione, Ryan Flynn and Nico Gonzalez each finished with two points.  Defense was the key to this victory as Damian “Cool Man” Ortiz, Ben Doucette and Christian Rainone played exceptional defense with steals and rebounds.   Nathan Jolly returned after missing two games with a bruised ankle and he came out on fire helping the offense and defense.  Ian Starr and Paul Allan played big down the stretch to secure the win.

Intermediate Division

Mavs 26 – Cavs 20
The Mavs jumped out to an early lead, but credit the Cavs for strong team defense throughout the entire game to hold the high scoring Mavs to only 26 points. Tough guard play by Dhruv Kaushal, Tyler Leeds, and Louis Mascia disrupted pick and roles and penetration into the zone. The Cavs rebounded well, with Jack Stadtman, Mark Olu, Mike Duggan, and Julian Costello contributing down low. The Cavs were led by Mike Bottaro and Matt Woods with 6 points apiece and Joey Arsenault with 2.

Nets 33 – Sixers 15
Shorthanded with big man Josh Engelken home sick, the Nets put in another great effort against a hardworking Sixers team.  The Nets jumped out to an early lead in the first half, extending to 19-2 at one point in the early second quarter.  The Sixers battled back, but the Nets never relinquished the lead and were able to close it out.  The Nets spread the scoring around with all players getting on the books.  While the scoring was a great thing to see, the Nets continue to be most impressive in their consistent defensive performance, game in and game out.  True team basketball on both ends of the floor.

Warriors 28 – Lakers 25
Things got off to a slow start in the first quarter with both teams struggling to fight through fierce defenses. Dylan Crowley and Justin Flynn played great switching defense shutting off Laker drives and forcing difficult shots. Travis Cohen broke the ice with a jumper before the Warriors’ offense came alive in the second quarter with Liam McDonald and Sreetej Digmurthi tallying 4 points apiece to lead the team to a 12-5 half time lead. The Lakers staged a furious come back and took the lead going into the fourth quarter. The lone bright spot for the Warriors was a beautiful give and go with Will McFadyen feeding a streaking Sreetej Digmurthi (8 points, 8 rebounds) for a layup. The teams battled back and forth in the early part of the fourth as Luke McFadyen grabbed a missed free throw and put back the rebound and Will McFadyen (4 points) hit a baseline jumper. With less than a minute to play and the Warriors trailing by 1, Luke McFadyen (8 points) went to the line and calmly hit both free throws. Brady Litton came up with a big steal and then drove the length of the court before finding Jesus Padilla at the top of the key. Jesus swished the clinching shot and the Warriors defense hung on for the win.  

The Lakers would get on the board with scoring from Mihir Bagul 3pts, going 1 for 2 from the foul line. Sean Fahey 11pts would lead the team with help from Brian Doherty 2pts along with good rebounding by Will Forbes, Nick Wilson 1pt , and good passing by Lee Ghannam 6pts.  Nick Bobadilla and Evan Silva showed great hustle with good passing and rebounds along with a few steals each. Aiden Crawson and James Ministeri 2pts played great on both sides of the ball to slow down the Warriors.

Celtics 36 – Spurs 32
The Spurs played a great game but couldnt hold on for the win in this one.Both teams were on a 4 game winning streak. In the first half the Spurs had a 4 point lead but the Celtics chipped away and got hot at the end to beat the Spurs. The Spurs high scorer in this one was Joshua Linnehan with 12 points.  Kyle Darrigo was tough on defense and added 8 points . Nick Polimeno added 6 points. Max Tyler had several rebounds and added 4 points.Logan Reinhard and Jason Barnes had 2 each. Justin Elias, Colin Goggins, Cullian Johnson and Daedon Bere fought hard on defense and the boards to keep it close.  It was a hard fought game for both teams.

Senior Division

Thunder 48 – Bucks 26
The Thunder had a big victory against the Bucks.   For the Thunder, the scoring went as follows; Sean Whelton (16), Chris Zdinak (12), Andrew Lefebvre (11), Tyler Paulding (6), Robert Chisholm (2) and Owen Gilligan (1).  Other players who assisted in the Thunder victory both on offense and defense were Matt Dugan, Cam Hodgson and Jack O’Neil.

Bobcats 50 – Suns 33
The Bobcats used a balanced team effort in winning their third consecutive game. Mike Fowler, Matt Ferriera and Rhen Trinidade (2 pts) used their quickness to beat a tough Suns press, while Jake Forgione (12 pts), Andrew Froio (4 pts) and Rob Kimtis ( 2 pts), played a key role in the transition game, both scoring and setting up a number of baskets.  Matt Fronduto (14 pts), Cameron Grace (8 pts), and Patrick Dunn (8 pts) continued to be forces under the basket on both ends of the court. Collectively, the Bobcats played excellent defense and minimized turnovers paving the way for a great team victory.

Hornets 31 – Wizards 21
It was very strong defensive game.  The Hornets scoring was led by Justyn Lester with 12 points followed by Jake Rucchio with 7 pts, Evan Wood with 6 pts and David Miller with 2 pts.  Riley Auth and Kyle Braciska forced turnovers, Mike Kelleher helped control rebounds and Ryan Carroll, Dante D’Amelio and Shawn Manson helped with strong defense.
The Wizards fought hard all game against a strong opponent.  Ian Tacey led the team in rebounding followed by Adam Trudeau, Alec Sokol and Stephen Duquette. Dominic Cohen, Calvin Silva, Nicholas Brooks and Sean McMahon each had at least one steal for the team. With the offensive push from Nicholas Brooks, Logan Singleton and Adam Trudeau the Wizards were able to keep up with the pace of the Hornets.

Celtics 44 – Jazz 42

Bulls 41 – Heat 40

Travel Program

Last weekend, Jan. 25th the 7th Grade White team travelled to Haverhill early in the morning only to lose a heartbreaker. It was an all-around team effort, yet, once again the boys struggled down the stretch losing another close game 41 to 38. With all the snow we have had recently, practice time was at a premium and during our only practice for the week on Friday night, the emphasis was on passing. During a loose ball drill where two players aggressively went after the ball a collision occurred and as a result we lost Colby Ward with 3 stitches above his left eye for our rematch game on Saturday with Westford grey who previously beat us. Prior to the start of the game, dedicated to Colby, we discussed being patient on offense and aggressive on defense and most importantly, control our turnovers. The boys gave it their all, winning 57 to 47. In the first half the boys came out smoking on all cylinders, with lots of steals, spear headed by Evan Mantel, Joey Branchaud, and Aiden ‘’flash’’ Doherty.  On offense, the boys took it to them in the paint, making the trip to the free throw line 22 times where we struggled, connecting on only 9 shots.  We were able to maintain a lead at half time 25-17 due to some key buckets by Anthony Disanto and Rob Evangelista, and solid defense by Jason Martineau, Max Cummings and Andrew Eringis. In the second half, we watched the emergence of Thomas Barinelli, with his game high and season high 15 points and Santino Garafolo, 12 points and 10 rebounds, who carried the momentum of the offense to close out the win. A great overall team effort!

Over the past two weekends, the 4th Grade White team has demonstrated some great progress.  Starting with a midweek game against Tyngsboro, the team showed great defensive efforts in the first half, going into the break with a 1 point lead.  In the second half however, Tewksbury 4GW just couldn’t hold back the strong guard play of Tyngsboro, finally relinquishing the lead late in the second half and falling behind for good as a result of a 16-3 run by Tyngsboro in the last 8 minutes.  William Eskenas led all scorers with 9 points, while Albie Bosworth added a bucket and Noah Williams added a free throw.

The following Sunday, 4GW finally broke through with a win on the road against Stoneham, 37-35.  The game was close throughout most of the first half with Stoneham taking an 8-point lead into the break. For most of the season, an 8-point deficit spelled the end of the game for Tewksbury 4GW.  However on this Sunday afternoon, the boys came out strong in the second half, cutting the deficit to 3 points within the first minute, and then completing a 15-6 run in the first 8 minutes, and taking the lead 27-26 which they would never relinquish. They extended the lead to 7 at one point, only to see Stoneham come roaring back in the final seconds. Tewksbury 4GW held on in the end, displaying great resilience to close out Stoneham.  William Eskenas again led Tewksbury scorers with 14 points.  Dylan Paulding added 9 points with some great drives to the hoop.  Alex Arbogast and Albie Bosworth each added 4 points, while Tim Panilaitis, John Baker, and Bobby Branchaud contributed a bucket each.  JJ Svendsen and Kodie LeGrand played strong defense against Stoneham’s big center who was a head taller than any 4GW player.  An outstanding effort for Tewksbury 4GW!


Junior Division

Sixers 15 – Bucks 14
The Sixers had a great end of the regular season game winning 15-14. Drew and Jack Rennell had four points each while Nick Alvarado added five points and Ryan Murphy had two points. There was a lot of great defense and passing from Ryan Benchater, Alex DelloRusso , Santino D'Ippolito and Eddie Galante. This team has showed a lot of heart all season. After a strong finish to the regular season the Sixers are ready to excel in the playoffs.

The Bucks lost in a nail biter to the Sixers in their final regular season game. Despite the loss, it was an amazing team effort displayed! The Knick continued to battle and never gave up, right down to the final seconds. Blake Ryder was an offensive star putting up eleven of the Bucs points. Zach Hays played great defense and put up a couple of points as well. Chandler Dubay, Connor Broderick, Simon and Morgan Dunham were defensive standouts controlling offensive and defensive rebounds. PJ Civitarese, Alex Grove and Ryan Thompson moved the ball up and down the court and had many great passes and tries at the hoop. Ryan Thompson also scored a key point at the foul line as well.

Rockets 33 – Hawks 19
The shorthanded Rockets played very well from start to finish in their match up with the Hawks bringing home a 33-19 victory. Six of the Rockets seven players all hit the scoreboard providing outstanding scoring balance for the game. Drew Nestor let the way on offense scoring fifteen points, while also gathering several offensive rebounds. Daniel Sullivan displayed good ball handling skills and defense while collecting six points. Justin Darrigo continued his strong defensive play  throughout the game while contributing five points with a made free throw included in there. David Forgione added his outstanding ball handling and passing while adding four points. Jimmy Holmes has an excellent all around game chipped in two points on a real nice drive to the basket while Danny Franklin added a free throw after being fouled following an offensive rebound. Ryan Mackeen player excellent defense, showed strong ball handling sills and had several good shots at the basket that just wouldn’t fall for him. Overall it was a great team effort and play from the Rockets in their matchup.

Pistons 26 – Heat 20
The Pistons had a great come from behind win in their last game of the regular season.  The Pistons started slow, only putting two points on the board the entire first half to trail the Heat.  However, the Pistons’ offense came on fire in the second half scoring 24 points to win 26 -20 against the hard playing Heat.  The Pistons offense was led by Kyle Cummings, twelve points, along with some great efforts by Mathew Ramsey, six points, Shea Moynihan, six points, and Anthony Naghibi, two points.  Defense was crucial for the Pistons and there were some stellar defensive plays made by Aiden Leal and Jason Morris.  Alex Naghibi showed some great heads up play with some fantastic outlet passes to help the Pistons get some much needed fast break points.  Aaron Ramsey rounded out the Pistons offense at guard by setting up some great scoring plays.  A great game overall and a great win for the Pistons.

Cavs 32 – Pacers 22
Congratulations to Andre Monteiro for earning the Game Ball two weeks in a row for scoring eight points in key situations. The always reliable Joey Bourgea sank eight points when it counted. Sean Hirtle and Kyle Adams played very tight defense on every play while Jonah Bennet and Joe Romero, two points, pulled down the rebounds under pressure. Cam Heichman and Zach Sullivan grabbed loose balls and had some good defensive stops.  Anthony Burgess scored a game high, fourteen points.

As the Pacers took the court in the final regular season game in the Junior Division, they knew they had to bring their “A” Game for this prime time show down.  The Cavs jumped out 1st with the scoring but the Pacers defense was a tough one lead by the speed and nose for the ball by Cameron Kearney and Billy Burris, both who had a hand full of steals and interceptions.  Also working hard on defense was Lucas Adams, Nathan Petrone and Daniel Richardson, all had great coverage and remained playing a solid man to man game.  On the Offense side of things for the Pacers, Nick Degloria had a season high scoring ten points for his team and this was supported by some awesome passes from Timmy Lepore who took charge providing direction to his team.  Also on the boards was Scott Miller with a solid seven points for the Pacers and working hard right behind was William Humphrey with four points.  The pace of the game was fast and aggressive and both teams left nothing on the court but sweat.

Thunder 31 – Knicks 24 in OT
What a game to end the regular season!  Two very competitive teams battling in the final game of the regular season just before the playoffs begin. The Thunder came out on fire taking a quick 10-2 lead but the Knicks regrouped and cut the lead to 16-12 at the half.  The 2nd half was basket for basket as both teams were clicking on all sides of the ball as the 4th quarter came to an end, the game was tied at 24 all.  In the overtime, the Thunder tossed in 7 points for the victory and finished its regular season record at 6-5.  Team Thunder had many contributors on the scoreboard; Nico Gonzalez with seven points, Ben Doucette, Michael Gaglione and Luke Montejo each finished with six points.  Ryan Flynn tossed in four points and Damian Ortiz’s two points were the winning points in overtime.  The defense was led by Christian Rainone, Paul Allen and Nathan Jolly who all had multiple rebounds and steals.  

The Knicks lost an overtime thriller on Saturday to the Thunder.
The Knicks once again started slow and found themselves in an early hole before storming back. The offense got jump started thanks to a basket from Jayden Donaher and a running bank shot from Ben Piccolo. The game remained close throughout and the Knicks continued to fight and play tough defense. Scott Lightburn played great man defense and grabbed some tough rebounds and Seamus MacDonald applied tremendous ball pressure out front to keep the game close. Justin Magee got into the scoring column with a few quick buckets including a long distance jump shot and James Carroll added a basket of his own. Braydon Aylward continued his run of great passes and had the assist that tied the game. John O'Donnell and Ethan Hines also forced some key jump balls late in the game that helped send the game to OT. But, in the overtime session, the Knicks seemed to run out of gas and ultimately lost a hard fought battle.

T-wolves 32 – Celtics 13  
The T-Wolves played a very good Celtics team on Saturday.  The first half was back and forth of scoring with Vincent Marchelletta and Umari Seney leading the way for the T-Wolves.  The T-Wolves were able to pull away in the second half behind their leader Umari Seney.  The T-Wolves were lead in scoring by Umari Seney, fourteen, AJ Seney and Colby Flahive, 4 points each, Vincent Marchelletta, six, Evan Galanis and Tyler Trodden who contributed two points each.  The T-Wolves had many defensive standouts.  Evan Galanis, AJ Seney, Tyler Trodden and Owen Kinnon contributed with several steals and blocked shots.  Joey Fiorino and Wyatt Lafabvre matched up well against the Celtics big men.  This was a great team win for the T- Wolves.

The Tewksbury Junior Celtics lost to a tough T-Wolves team.  The Celtics were led by Romyn Lorick’s five points.  Cade Barron, Peter Impink, Max Mattuchio, Pouriya Mehrabani, and Adam Saad each added two points.  Matthew Flynn and Nicholas Ingersoll finished with an assist and three rebounds.  Jacob Mellen pulled down five rebounds.  Shane Nickerson had a good game defensively.

Intermediate Division

Warriors 37 – Cavs 30
It was a back and forth battle between the Cavs and Warriors Saturday with alternating lead changes. Mark Olu led the way for the Cavs with 18 points. Louis Mascia and Jack Stadtman pulled down some key defensive rebounds to spark transition offense for Matt Woods and Dhruv Kaushal. Mike Bottaro threw in a few beautiful jump shots, and Mike Duggan did a good job finishing in the paint. Defensively Julian Costello, Tyler Leeds and Joey Arsenault made some clutch stops in the 4th quarter, but credit the Warriors for making some key plays down the stretch to pull away

Nets 33 – Celtics 23
Shorthanded with Robert Cortes sidelined, the Nets put in another great defensive effort against an outstanding Celtics team.  The Nets jumped out to an early lead in the first half, depending on their great defensive play to slowly extend the lead.  The Celtics battled back in the 4th quarter, but the Nets never relinquished the lead and were able to close it out with a relentless defensive effort and smart ball movement against the Celtics press.  For the second week in a row, all of the Nets’ players got on the scoreboard.  Jack Panilaitis led all scorers with 11 points, including going 3-4 from the free throw line in the first half.  Brandon Wood followed close behind with 10 points including going 2 for 5 from the charity stripe.  Dan Lightfoot added 3 points, while Sam Hines, Logan Auth, Connor McFadyen, and Josh Engelken each contributed a bucket to round out the Nets’ scoring. The defensive pressure, particularly by guards Logan Auth, Dan Lightfoot, Brandon Wood, and Jack Panilaitis really dictated the game flow, causing the Celtics to turn the ball over or take tough shots that were almost always grabbed by Josh Engelken or Connor McFadyen down low.

Lakers 40 – Sixers 20
The game started fast for the Lakers with Lee Ghannam getting 5 quick points, towards his 9 point total.  Brian Doherty (2 pts) played great defense keeping the Sixers outside. Nick Wilson and Aiden Crawson also contributed with good rebounding and passing.  Sean Fahey (10pts) led all the Lakers in scoring.  Mihir Bagul (2pts from the foul line), along with Nick Bobadilla (6pts), and James Ministeri (6pts) provided good teamwork to keep the Lakers out in front.  Evan Silva (2pts) also contributed with a few key steals.  Will Forbes closed it out, scoring his own bucket.

Spurs 28 – Mavs 22
The Spurs played some great defense and won a close game against the first place Mavs.  Kyle Darrigo was the high scorer in this one with 12 points. Logan Reinhard did a great job on the boards and added 6 points. Max Tyler had 3 blocks and several rebounds and added 5 points. Nick Polimeno added a pair of free throws and had 4 points overall. Colin Goggins played great defense and scored 2 points. Daedon Bere, Cullian Johnson, Jason Barnes and Joshua Linnehan all played great defense and kept the Mavs off the boards. It was a good victory for the Spurs.

Senior Division

Thunder 45 – Bulls 22
For the Thunder, the scoring went as follows; Andrew Lefebvre (16), Sean Whelton (13), Chris Zdinak (6), Cam Hodgson (4), Owen Gilligan (4), and Tyler Paulding (2).  Other players who assisted in the Thunder victory both on offense and defense were, Matt Dugan and Jack O’Neil.

Celtics 30 – Wizards 24
The Wizards played their best all-around game of the season against the Celtics on Saturday. They started off slow offensively scoring but the ball movement, hustle and defense helped keep the game close at the end of the first quarter and gain the lead at half by the score of 10-8. Ian Tacey, Logan Singleton, Stephen Duquette and Sean McMahon’s extra efforts made their presence known under the boards which they lost the battle in the previous game. The ball movement and passing from Adam Trudeau and Calvin Silva allowed Dominic Cohen, Alec Sokol and Sean McMahon to take high percentage shots which were all close but they would not drop for the team. The Wizards came out cold in the third quarter which the Celtics were able to capitalize on and take a lead of 22-13. But in the fourth quarter, with the pressure on defense caused by Nicholas Brooks, Adam Trudeau and Ian Tacey the Wizards were able to manage as a team 6 steals and score 11 points but were unable to hold off the Celtics.

Bucks 48 – Suns 36

Hornets 52 – Heat 35

Jazz 38 – Bobcats 30

Travel Program

The 4th Grade White team has continued to make strides in their inaugural season. On Saturday evening, February 7th, 4GW hosted Chelmsford at the Wynn School.  These teams were meeting for the third time, and with Chelmsford’s margin of victories in the first two games at 39 and 24, 4GW faced an uphill battle.  The game was close throughout most of the first half with Tewksbury leading 11-10 half way through the period, but a run in the last few minutes of the first half left Tewksbury trailing 20-13 at the break. The boys lost ground early in the second half, as Chelmsford outscored them 12-7 in the first 8 minutes of the period and extended their lead to 32-20. A 12-point deficit early in this season would have meant a blowout loss, but 4GW refused to give up.  Led by William Eskenas who poured in 14 of his 21 points in the final minutes of the half, Tewksbury closed the gap to 4 points at the final horn, simply running out of time in their comeback effort.  Dylan Paulding added 5 points with some great drives to the hoop.  Noah Williams, Tim Panilaitis, JJ Svendsen and Kodie LeGrand each added a bucket as well.  Alex Arbogast, Johnny Baker, and Bobby Branchaud each applied great defensive pressure, while Albie Bosworth came alive under the boards for some big rebounds late. While it was a loss in the scorebook, this team displayed outstanding resilience to battle back from a big deficit, and are starting to come together as the season heads towards the playoffs.

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