TBBL Roundup: All Star Saturday Results, Playoffs Begin
Feb 26, 2015 08:28AM
By Kieran Gilman
TBBL closed out February Vacation with a busy weekend of basketball. Saturday was an opportunity for our intown players to shine on All Star Saturday, and they did not disappoint. On Sunday, the Junior Division and Senior Division held play-in games to get those divisions down to 8 teams each, going into next weekend’s Playoff Madness.
All Star Saturday
2015 Junior Divison All Stars:
Head Coach: Anthony Burgess
Head Coach: Jim Galanis
Assistant Coaches: Brian Kearney, Jeff Lightburn, Tony Loder, Bobby Hill, Eric Ryder
Assistant Coaches: Luke Barron, Fabio Montejo, John Moynihan, Scott Baron, Jim Sullivan
TMHS was rocking as the 30 players selected from our 3rd and 4th grade Junior Division tipped off in the 2015 Junior Division All Star Game. Saturday, February 20nd was TBBL’s All Star Saturday at Tewksbury Memorial High School! The day began with the Junior Division All Star Game which pitted the best players from the West and East! It was a tremendous game that came down to the end with the West pulling out a 38-35 victory! For the West squad which was coached by T-wolves coach Jim Galanis and assisted by Luke Barron, Fabio Montejo and John Moynihan, it was a balanced attack on offense with ten of their thirteen players all checking into the scoring column. The East side, led by coach Anthony Burgess and assisted by Eric Ryder and Bobby Hill, showed the same unselfishness and team play with eleven of the fourteen players checking into the scoring column!
The West was led in scoring by Umari Seney with fourteen points and several steals and blocked shots while Timmy Bradley followed up closely with eleven points which displaying excellent ball handling skills. Cade Barron, Eric Bellavia, Shea Moynihan, Anthony Naghibi, Matty Flynn and Romyn Lorick all contributed two points each while Luke Montejo chipped in with a free throw and one point. AJ Seney played exceptional defense along with Damian Ortiz while Daniel Sullivan and Quinn Brown displayed good ball handling and passing skills as well for the West squad.
The East squad was led in scoring by Nick DeGloria and Justin Magee who both had six points each. In addition, Degloria was a rebounding force in the game as well while Magee showed extraordinary ball handling skills. Blake Ryder was close by with five points making several nice shots as well as knocking down a free throw! Season teammates Sean Hirtle and Anthony Burgess added three points apiece to the team total, while Scott Miller, Michael Carlson, Jack Rennell, Zach Hayes, William Humphrey and Ben Piccolo all contributed two points apiece. Michael Hill and Jayden Donaher contributed excellent defense while Drew Rennell played a solid all-around game at both ends of the floor!
It was a great day and game with the East taking an early 17-11 lead through four periods. The West then came back behind solid defense and an offensive outburst in the fifth period outscoring the East 14-3 to take a 25-20 lead which they would hold on to despite the great efforts of the East to come back. The West was able to hold them off late and come away with the 38-35 victory!
2015 Intermediate Division All Stars:
Head Coach: Brian Wilkinson
Head Coach: Bruce Panilaitis
Assistant Coach: Scott Tyler
Assistant Coach: Matt Cimmino
Following on the strong performance of the Junior Division, the 5th and 6th grade Intermediate All Stars took to the big court at the High School. The game started slow, with each team taking some time to settle in. The West team jumped out to a big lead late in the first half as Mike Duggan was on fire dropping mid-range jumpers and taking control of the paint, scoring 6 of his 11 points in the first half. Mark Bradley and Jack Panilaitis took turns running the point, distributing the ball to their teammates as if they had been playing together all season. Alex Newcomb (2 points) was all over the floor, playing great aggressive defense, while Jason Donaher helped keep some key plays going. Brandon Wood showed why he is one of the top players in the division, driving to the hoop on several occasions, drawing fouls, and creating opportunities for his teammates. Matt Woods added an early bucket in the first quarter to keep the West rolling and played great defense. Logan Auth, the smallest kid on the court, played big as usual, adding 4 points, including the final bucket of the game to extend the final lead to 4 points to go with his relentless defense and handful of steals. While Mike Duggan was the early hero for the West, Luke McFadyen had a game to remember, driving to the hoop, hitting big shots, and playing aggressive defense. Luke finished the game with 14 points, and led the West to their victory.
2015 Senior Division All Stars:
Head Coach: Joe Lester
Head Coach: Brian Wilkinson
The Senior Division All Stars closed out the day’s action with a great battle between East and West. It was a close game for most of the way, however the East pulled away in the second half to close out the victory. The first line led the scoring for the East lead by Justyn Lester, Evan Wood, Jake Ruocchio, Ryan Meuse, and Xavier Macshane. The second line kept it together with great rebounding by Andrew Lefebvre and Nicholas Cappiello, great hustle from John Mahoney, and great ball movement from Richard Kramer and Chris Zdinak.
Junior Division Play-in Games
With 12 teams in the division, this past Sunday, the top 4 teams took a bye, while seeds 5 through 12 faced off in the first elimination round of the season.
Thunder 36 – Rockets 15
The playoffs are here and the Thunder moved on into the second round next weekend. Thunder came into the game missing a key player but they played liked a team and pulled out the victory. The Thunder came out on fire and scored a season high 36 points! Ryan Flynn tossed in eight points, while Ben Doucette, Damian Ortiz and Luke Montejo all had six points each. Nico Gonzalez and Christian Rainone came off the bench and scored four points each. Paul Allen had all around fantastic game scoring two points and played excellent defense. Nathan Jolly made some key steals and rebounds as well as setting up some scoring chances. The Thunder move on in the tournament to play another game next Saturday.
The Rockets who found themselves a bit undermanned without star guards Quinn Brown and Jayden Trudeau hung in there and battled a very strong and solid Thunder team. The Rockets showed excellent improvement throughout the season and continued to play together and as a team! Jonathan Bielecki and Danny Franklin did a great job rebounding and playing defense. Jimmy Holmes, Daniel Sullivan and David Forgione showed excellent ball handling skills and bringing the ball up the floor while Justin Darrigo had several steals and baskets throughout the game. Drew Nestor had an excellent job rebounding and scoring off of those offensive rebounds. Ryan MacKeen had several excellent shots and worked extremely hard on defense as well.
Pistons 21 – Bucks 10
The Pistons made it through their first game of the TBBL Playoffs with a win against the Bucks. It was an exciting game and it was great to see all of the things the Pistons have learned this season coming together. The Piston players showed some great heart with Jason Morris and Aiden Leal coming up with some big steals and critical rebounds on defense. Ian Shpritzer kept the ball down the Bucks’ end with fantastic offensive rebounding to give the Pistons multiple scoring opportunities while Alex Naghibi made it hard for the Bucks to capitalize on their own scoring opportunities because of his stalwart defense and impressive hustle. The Piston offense was led by Mathew Ramsey, six points, who had multiple fast breaks during the game and Aaron Ramsey, three points, made some great drives to the basket and went 1 for 2 at the free throw line. Shea Moynihan, four points, was instrumental at center drawing the foul and going 2 for 4 at the free throw line while the Piston’s other center, Colin Caggiano, two points, was all over the boards rebounding. Anthony Naghibi, four points, and Kyle Cummings, two points, played hard and smart as the two point guards for the Pistons setting up some great scoring plays and driving hard to the basket. This was a fun win for the Pistons against a great team that played hard and had great sportsmanship.
The Bucks left everything they had on the court on Sunday. Blake Ryder lead the team with eight points to go along with many offensive and defensive rebounds. Zachary Hayes had a basket and a few offensive rebounds. PJ Civaterese, Simon and Morgan Dunham all played well and very hard throughout while contributing multiple scoring opportunities but the ball just wouldn't fall for them. Connor Broderick and Chandler Dubay played an overall great game. Ryan Thompson, Alex Grove, and Garrett McNulty played tough defense. The Bucks played hard all season. I am very proud of the accomplishments and the improvements of the players.
Knicks 19 – Hawks 15
The Knicks won a close game with the Hawks in the opening round of the playoffs on Sunday. It was a back in forth battle early on with the Knicks getting on the scoreboard thanks to a driving layup by Seamus MacDonald. But, the Hawks took a brief lead late in the first until Justin Magee tied it by sinking a buzzer beater from just inside the three-point line as time expired. Ben Piccolo then scored four straight points and Jayden Donaher chipped in with a bucket of his own to give the Knicks some breathing room. The Hawks once again closed the gap to get within four late in the third before Scott Lightburn scored on a put back after grabbing an offensive rebound. John O'Donnell forced a key jump ball and James Carroll and Ethan Hines played great defense all game to help secure the hard fought victory by a score of 19-15.
The Hawks played their best team basketball of the season in their first round playoff game. Derek Musgrave started the scoring by putting in a nice jump shot. Michael Hill had three assists and three rebounds while playing point guard. Seamus Naughton was an aggressive rebounder and defender in his best game of the season. Liam Kelley had several seals and drives to the hoop to finish with five points. Brandon Waddell finished with two points and was a rebounding machine. Andrew Estabrook had three steals, four rebounds and several assists. Michael Carlson finished with four points, six steals and several drives to the hoop.
Sixers 17 – Heat 13
It was an amazing playoff win by the Sixers in a back and forth game throughout that wsn’t decided until the final seconds. Jack Rennell played outstanding defense to contribute to the exceptional team defense for the Sixers. In addition to his great defensive play, Jack also scored two points, while brother Drew Rennell was the leading scorer for the Sixers, pouring in nine points for the game. Aj Loder had five big rebounds and four points to contribute to the terrific team play. Nick Alvarado had two points and Ryan Benchater had one of his best defensive games all year, sticking with his man the whole time. Alex DelloRusso and Ryan Murphy had many rebounds and played great defense. Santino D'Ippolito and Eddie Galante did not let up the whole game. In the end, the Sixers came away with a very exciting 17-13 victory and first round win against a great team in the Heat.
After an exciting regular season the Heat were matched up against the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs. In a heated battle, defense was the key to keep it a low scoring game. The continued rebounding by Kenny Ryder, Sudeep Chitrothu and Ryan Feudo on the defensive end of the court helped keep the Heat in the game. Timmy Bradley, who led the team with six points in the first half and added five more in the second, was assisted by Matthew Stadman and Jacob Martel who each hit one free throw apiece. Intense hustle from Joshua Maher, Jack Baron, Eric Bellavia and Colin Hansbury were able to control a strong Sixer’s offense for most of the game. The game came down to the last seconds. The sixer’s who had a two point lead were able to score one more basket with only sixteen seconds left. They were able to seal the deal and take the game 17 to 13. It was an extremely fun season where all the players on the Heat progressed steadily from game to game. Everyone on the team always played their heart out and all of the coaches are very proud of them. Great season Heat!
Senior DivisionWith 10 teams in this division, the bottom 4 seeds battled for the final two playoff spots. In an unprecedented result, the 9 and 10 seeds knocked off the 8 and 7 seeds, respectively with the 9 seeded Suns defeating the 8 seeded Bulls, and the 10 seeded Bucks closing out the 7 seeded Bobcats.