TBBL Roundup: Spurs Take Out Warriors, Lakers Roll Over Thunder
Nov 20, 2015 07:37AM
● By Bill Gilman
This past Saturday, November 14, TBBL kicked off its 2015-2016 season with games across most of its in-town program. More than 650 Tewksbury youth participate in our program from grades K-12.
The Wynn school was hopping early Saturday morning as more than a hundred kindergarteners and first graders participated in the first clinic sessions of the season. Broken into 3 hour-long sessions, these boys and girls worked on basic basketball skills in fun, small-sided games and drills.
This marked the start of the second season of our re-designed Cadet Division. In an effort to improve the player development of our younger players, 2nd grade boys in our program have a skills-focus practice midweek followed by 4 on 4 short-court games on Saturdays. Named after popular college programs, the Blue Devils, Bulldogs, Eagles, Gators, Huskies, Minutemen, Terriers, and Wildcats play each Saturday. The approximately 60 boys in the program got off to a great start this Saturday.
Our 3rd & 4th grade division got off to an exciting start with 5 games this past Saturday.
Bulls 24 - Lakers 22
The Bulls opened their season with a hard fought win over the Lakers. The first basket of the season for the team was scored by Andrew Ryder, who finished with 8 points. The only additional first half basket was made by Cameron Kingston, who also made the critical game winning basket with little time left on the clock in the fourth quarter. After nerves and cobwebs were shaken off, the kids came alive on offense in the second half. Joe Barletta added 6 points, both he and Peter Impink making two critical baskets apiece in the 4th quarter. Aiden Macdonald contributed an equally big basket of his own to keep the Bulls in the game at the end of the 3rd. The win was a full team effort though, and would not have been made possible without contributions from the entire team. The swarming defense of Derek Wogan, Kyle Sandberg, Owen Caggiano, and Owen Kinnon kept the game tight to the end, while the ball handling of Wyatt Lefebvre kept the offense in motion at critical times. The team as a whole was unselfish in their play, and helped each other out when in tight situations.
The Lakers had a total team effort in a tough loss to the Bulls. The scoring was well distributed among Cameron Thompson, Andre Monterio, Aiden Kelley, Ryan Thompson, Jason Mitchell, Nick Kearney and PJ and Jake Civitarese. The defense by Quintin Kelly and Jason Morris kept the Lakers in the game.
Celtics 16 – Spurs 14
For the first game of the season the Celtics put forth a great team effort. With eight players at the game each one got a good amount of playing time. Ryan Saad contributed by grabbing many steals and putting up 10 points. Danny Holmes anticipated the pass on defense and had a number steals with some great shots. Alexandre Almeida was a dribbiling machine. He constantly pushed the ball up the court with speed, put in two baskets and pulled down a lot of rebounds. Alex Grove had a few assists finding the open guy under the hoop a few times. Jimmy Holmes drove right to the hoop and sank two shots. William Fillmore was tough on defense with only one foul but was always in the face of his opponent. Jim Maloney contributed with many shots and did a tremendous job on defense. He had the final steal of the game to hold on to the win. Overall a great team effort.
In the first game of the season the Spurs played tough but in the end lost to a good Celtics team. Defense was a strong point for the Spurs and leading the way was Jaden Maxi, Ethan Zadig and Paul Allen. Leading the way in scoring was CJ Newkirk with 6 points, Morgan Dunham with 4 points, Carter Forbes and Logan Barnes with 2 point each. Pounding the boards for rebounds were Michael Crowley, Mason Haines and Ryan Winter.
Cavs 12 - Heat 10
The Heat played a very tough game against the Cavs. With only 7 players suited up for opening day it was a defensive game all the way through the end. The Cavs jumped out to a 4-0 run in the first quarter. In the second quarter Heat's Ian Shpritzer got the team going with 6 straight points. In the third quarter Benjamin Doucette was able to find his rhythm and made a key basket to tie the game up at 8 apiece. In the final quarter the Heat really focused on defense held the Cavs to only 4 points. But in the end the Cavs were able to control the boards.
Warriors - Clippers
The Warriors played a great game on Saturday. Kenny Nguyan, Michael Galvin, and Anthony DiFranco all contributed points. Adam DiCiaccio, Zachary Salvaggio, Ryan Benchater, and Jake Ryan showed great hustle to fuel the Warrior’s offense. Lucas Adams, Michael Donahoe, and Johnathan Bielecki played strong defense, winning many rebounds and creating turn overs
Thunder 16 - Knicks 14
Our 5th & 6th grade division played 4 games on Saturday.
Spurs 26 – Lakers 24
It was a great game for the Lakers and despite an excellent effort, they came up short. Scoring for the Lakers came from Will Forbes (2), Evan Silva (8), Lee Ghannam (10), Tyler Trodden (2) and Justin Darrigo (2). DJ Bresette, Jacob Martel and Aidan Crawson made some great passes to set up their teammates. John O'Donnell played a strong defensive game even though he was guarding taller/bigger players, he kept them from scoring.
Heat 34 – Warriors 13
The Heat opened the season on Saturday with a victory over a tough Warriors team. Leading the scoring for the Heat was Aiden Crogan with 13 points, followed by Derek Wilkinson 10 points, Alex Johnston added 6 points, Ryan Flynn and Sean Hirtle rounded out the scoring with 3 and 2 points each. Both Colin Caggiano and James Demato played great defense while Joe Romero had many big rebounds to help seal the victory.
Brady Litton had a strong game and led the Warriors with 6 points. Kyle Adams was fouled while driving to the basket in the 2nd quarter. After missing his first foul shot, he was able to convert the second shot. Braedon Pincher scored his 2 points in the 2nd quarter. Dylan Crowley scored a basket and had a great defensive effort. Johnny Baker passed the ball well and scored 2 in the 3rd quarter. Michael Ryan rebounded the ball well and scored 2 in the 4th quarter toward the end of the game. Jacob Mellen played great team ball and had a few steals on defense. Alex Pace came up with a loose ball in the paint on defense in the 2nd half.
Clippers 20 – Cavs 12
The Clippers kicked off their season opener with a great team win. The defensive efforts of Derek Musgrave, Connor Broderick and Daniel Richardson kept the game close with good hustling. Stephen O'Hearn created great opportunities for easy baskets with his outlet passing. On the offensive end, Josh Engelken (4 points) and Jonah Bennett kept possessions alive with excellent offensive rebounding. Drew Nestor and Sam Hines did a great job controlling the offense with their passing and ball handling. Cooper Lemieux (6 points) and Sam Barbagallo (10 points) finished their strong overall game performances with big baskets to seal the victory.
The Clippers jumped out to a quick lead, despite some strong first half defense from Kodie Legrand and Tyler Leeds. The Cavs started to mount a comeback late in the first quarter thanks to a basket from Joey Arsenault (8 pts on the day). The comeback gained momentum at the start of the third quarter when Anthony Naghibi scored on a nice drive to the hoop. The defensive intensity picked up with Louis Mascia and Jack Stadtman applying the pressure. Strong rebounding from Alex Naghibi and nice passing from Scott Lightburn helped the Cavs stay close. James Carroll scored his first points of the year late in the 4th quarter to cut the deficit to four, but two late baskets from the Clippers sealed the victory in a hard fought first game.
Knicks 15 – Celtics 14
Opening day for the Knicks was an exciting one from start to finish against the strong defense of the Celtics. The Knicks offense rush was led by Eric Impink and Sam Rose whose passing created scoring from Robert Ryan 9 points, Nicholas Alvarado 4 points, and Colin Hansbury with 2 points; but it was the defense that came through for the Knicks. Brandon Waddell and Billy Erickson kept the Celtics from setting up their offense with 4 steals combined, While Eric Bellavia, Liam McDermott, and Nathan Petrone controlled both the offensive and defensive boards with strong rebounds.
Our 7th & 8th grade division played 5 games at the Wynn Middle School.
Lakers 39 – Thunder 22
The Lakers started the new season with a strong effort against a shorthanded Thunder team. The Lakers press defense set the tone early with several hoops of front court steals. Matt Rosemond led all scorers with 12 points, while Ken Wilson added 9 big points from the paint. Doug Renna was all over the court contributing 10 points to the effort. Matt Woods hit 2 jumpers from the elbow while Jack Kenneally and Zach Wilson each added a hoop to complete the well-rounded attack of the Lakers. Mikey Bankowski and Ryan Fraser contributed on the defensive end of the floor, while also helping to set up their teammates in a well-played game.
The Thunder played iron-man basketball and a great effort was put in by Justin Flynn, Devin Stoddard, Jack O'Neill, Robert Chisholm and Cam Hodgson.
Celtics 30 – Clippers 26
The Celtics and the Clippers kicked off the season with an exciting game that came down to the last minute. The Clippers jumped out early and led 20 -12 at halftime. The 2nd half was all about the Celtics defense leading to offensive opportunities. The Celtics came from behind taking the lead in the fourth quarter and holding on for the win. Zach Hines led the Celtics with 15 points followed by Mike Bottaro four points, and Dhruv Kaushal 3 points. Zach Lalonde was a defensive force blocking shots and grabbing rebounds. Colin Fullerton, Justin Charlton and Bryan Doherty each helped out scoring and playing solid team defense. Tyler Strong played great defense throughout the game and helped the team move the ball up the court on offense through the tough Clippers press.
The Clippers were down early in the game, but battled back to take a 10 point lead into the half. The leading scorers were Shawn Manson with 10 points, Dylan Dufresne with 6 points; followed by Riley Auth putting up 4 and Josh Linnehan and Cullain Johnson contributing with 2 points each. But, the combination of lack of bodies to substitute and the aggressive play of the Celtics appeared to wear down the Clippers in the second half. The Clippers didn't give up, their defensive play was aided by monster rebounds by Cullain Johnson with 7 and Mike Kelleher with 5; as well as the aggressive defensive steals by Jason Barnes and Kyle Auth. In the end, though, the Clipper's fell short.
Heat 47 – Knicks 41
The Knicks were down early by 15 in the first half and mounted a comeback coming within two by halftime. Although they fought hard to come back they fell just short dropping their first game. James Kochakian led all scorers with 22 points and also had 6 steals. Jack Balboni had 10 points, Tyler Demers 6 points and the rest of the Knicks team all scored including first-year players Charlie Mastas and Logan Reinhold. Danny Lightfoot and Robert Cortes put in a great defense effort. Gus Tizotti also had a great defensive game with four rebounds.
Cavs 31 – Bulls 22
The Cavs had a great season opener looking real strong from the start. Luke Moreira started it off with a rebound off the basket and then went on to get two more. Cameron Loder, Mihir Bagul, and Harrison Graczyk had 4 points each. Tyler Paulding had 8 points from a bunch of rebounds and two free throw shots. Jason Martineau had two points with one free throw shot. Ryan Rosenberg had one basket, with a lot of great defense from Jason Donaher and all the guards.
This was a battle from the start with such wonderful defense on both sides resulting in a scoreless first quarter. William Andella had 5 blocks and 2 points in the game. Diego Monteiro was the leading the scorer with 10 points, Richard Raso with 8 while Mike Wilson and Paul Tower added 1 point a piece.
Spurs 45 – Warriors 25
In this evening match up both teams demonstrated lots of talent. The Warriors struck first opening a 4-0 lead with the Spurs responding and keeping pace. Robbie Kimtis (20 points) led the way, with help from Matt Ferreira (4 pts), Nick Smith (6 pts) and Arya Mehrabani (2pts). James Ministeri played great defense with 3 steals and turnaround passing to his teammates. Mike Fowler (6 pts) had a great assist to keep the Spurs ahead while Alex Newcombe (4 pts) provided great man to man coverage with several rebounds keeping the Warriors from scoring. Rhen Trinidade also jumped into action and provided great defense and 2 steals to help his team. Sean Fahey hit the first 3 pointer of season for the Spurs, and added a couple of assists to help the Spurs to their first win.
The Warriors started off playing good defense and scoring 14 points while just edging the Spurs going into halftime leading 14-13. Scoring contributions came from Rodrigo Coelho, Liam MacDonald, Derek Munroe, Bobby O’Hearn and Calvin Silva. Defensive and rebounding contribution came from Dominic Cohen, Logan Gallagher and Calvin Silva. In the second half the Spurs started out strong scoring 6 unanswered points. The Warriors were able to put some offensive push together between the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter but were unable to hold back the Spurs in the end.