TBBL Roundup: Thunder Turn Down The Heat, Bulls Clip The Knicks
Nov 27, 2015 10:11PM
● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the TBBL.)
Tewksbury Boys Basketball League Week 2 Game Summaries
Cadet Division (2nd Grade)
The Blue Devils played an impressive Game this past Saturday. Srivas Arun continued to lead the team’s lock down defense. Sam Berry and Sean Maloney were a force in the paint. Ben Christopher’s outside shot continued to rattle the rim, while Will O’Neill ripped down the majority of the team rebounds. Miller Brooks nicely ran the point throughout the game, while Tyler Bourgea and Nicholas Burgess ran the Blue Devils’ fast break attack.
The Minuteman had a great came against the Gators. The team had scoring help from Jason DiPalma, Mateus Fraga, Jason Flavin and Emeka Olu. Cole Doherty, Jason Grant and Payton Haines all chipped in with good defense to keep the game close.
The Gators were led by high scorers Sean Callahan, Brody Dick and Zach Chase. Also holding off the Minutemen was some great defense by the Lombardo brothers (Paul and Anthony) and Jake Cave. It was a team effort with a lot of great hustle, the kids just love to have fun and play basketball.
The Huskies had a great week two effort. The Huskies had a big first half lead by Maddox Dobson (6pts), Michael Devlin (4pts) and some outstanding defense and rebounding from Alan Dang (2pts), Nicholas Kuras and Jack Krauss. The Huskies got big contributions from in the 2nd half from James Holden (6pts), Grayson Ryder (2pts) and Hunter Holloway (2pts).
The Eagles played a good game against a tough opponent in the Huskies. Brian Donnelly and Dylan McNelley made their presence known on defense making it very difficult for the Huskies to score. Mikey Colameta, Ben Panilaitis and Brady Schofield did their best under the hoop with rebounding and blocked shots. Ben Panilaitis, Michael Colameta and Brandan Cohen pushed the ball on offense taking and creating numerous shots. Scoring contribution came from Brandan Cohen (6pts), Ben Panilaitis (2pts) and Mikey Colameta (2pts).
The Wildcats and Terriers played a very evenly matched game. The Terriers were led in scoring by Ben Barrasso and Sean Kocsmiersky who scored 10 and 8 points respectively. Hunter Gervais also chipped in for 2 points to round out the scoring for the Terriers. Jake Burns, Owen Hiltz, and Owen Wall all contributed to the team’s aggressive defense with some steals, rebounds, and contested shots. There was a lot of good passing and ball movement on offense with everyone contributing to the overall good play by the Terriers.
Junior Division (3rd & 4th grade)
Thunder 14 - Heat 2
The Thunder battled the Heat on court three. The defenses kept the teams scoreless for the first six minutes of the game. Point guards Vincent Ciancio (2 pts) and Aaron Ramsey (2 pts) started up the offense and broke the scoreless drought with the first points of the game. Evan Galanis (4pts), Matt Clark and Matt Ramsey (4pts) added to the lead at the half bringing the score to 10-2. The Thunder were lead on defense by Evan Galanis' six steals. Spectacular defense was everywhere for the thunder. Nathan Galanis (2 pts), Matt Clark (2 pts) and Alex Dellorusso grabbed offensive and defensive rebounds. Ryan King and the Ramsey brothers started several fast breaks. Jack Ramsey played stellar defense in the final minutes of the game.
The Heat faced a very fast and tough thunder team last Saturday but our boys played tough all the way to the end. Heat players were diving for balls and running down loose balls. Cameron Heichman had a big defensive rebound for us. Aayush Ranjit had several blocks, rebounds, and ran some good transition offense.
Bulls 16 – Knicks 13
A total team effort was needed by the Bulls to pull out another win against a strong opponent. Joe Barletta came right out of the gate with two strong baskets in the first quarter. Andrew Ryder, Peter Impink and Aiden MacDonald all contributed to the offense with 4 points each. Owen Kinnon, Derek Wogan, Cameron Kingston, Owen Caggiano, Wyatt Lefebvre and Kyle Sandberg were very strong defensively limiting the Knicks offense.
The Bulls jumped out to an early lead that proved to be too much for the Knicks to overcome. Philip Lombardi led the Knicks with 7 points while Ethan Hines, David Lam & Austin Mannetta each chipped in 2 points. Not lost in the game was some very good defensive play after the first quarter of play led by Luke Nazzaro.
Lakers 22 - Clippers 14
The Lakers got their first win of the year on Saturday defeating a tough Clippers team. The offensive attack was led by PJ Civitarese with 10 points followed by Ryan Thompson and Andre Monteiro with 4 points each. Cameron Thompson and Jake Civitarese each contributed 2 points each. The defense by Nick Kearney, Jason Mitchell, Jason Morris, Quintin Kelley and Aiden Kelley kept the Lakers in the game.
Cavs 24 – Celtics 14
Celtics played a tough game against the Cavs but came up short. Ryan Saad scored 6 points and Alexandre Almeida added 3 points. Seamus Naughton scored his first basket of the season on a nice play from the paint. Jimmy Maloney and William Fillmore had great hustle on defense. Danny Holmes once again showed great anticipation on defense, came up with steals and great shot opportunities. Alex Grove added a couple of steals and took down a few rebounds. Adam Saad made his season debut, contributing by driving many times to the hoop. Jimmy Holmes rounded out the team effort by making some smart inbound passes to keep the team moving forward.
Warriors 15 – Spurs 10
The Warriors played another strong game this week with Jake Ryan scoring 5 points, Ryan Benchater scoring 4, and Michael Galvin, Kenny Nguyen, and Adam DiCiaccio all scoring 2. Great rebounding from Jonathan Beliecki and Anthony DiFranco coupled with outstanding hustle from Lucas Adams, Michael Donahoe, and Zachary Salvaggio helped the Warriors on their way to a 15-10 win.
It was a back and forth game but the Spurs just couldn’t get the buckets to fall. Playing a big role on defense were Paul Allen, Ethan Zadig and Ryan Winter. The scoring for the Spurs came from Mason Haines who was on fire with 6 points, and Morgan Dunham and Jaden Maxi each adding 2 points. Rebounding for the team came from twin towers of Carter Forbes and CJ Newkirk who came up big under the rim.
Our 5th & 6th grade division played 4 games on Saturday.
Clippers 26 – Lakers 18
The Clippers got their second win of the season on Saturday with a great all around team effort. Connor Broderick (2 pts) got the scoring started from the opening tip off. Jonah Bennett's hustle at both ends of the court helped create opportunities for the offense, with the scoring being led by Sam Hines (7 pts), Cooper Lemieux (6 pts), and Sam Barbagallo (6 pts). Derek Musgrave's hustle and defense as well as Stephen O'Hearn making great passes, led to extra possessions and good opportunities for the Clippers. Daniel Richardson (2 pts) and Josh Engelken (2 pts) had key buckets at the end of the game. Drew Nestor continued to run the offense well and hit a big late free throw to help secure the win.
It was a great game for the Lakers but the Clippers were just a little too much. The Lakers had great passing, defense and hustle from Justin Darrigo, Will Forbes, Jacob Martel, Max Mattuchio, and John O'Donnell. Leading the team in scoring was Lee Ghannam with 10 points, Evan Silva with 5 points and Tyler Trodden with 1 point. D.J. Bresette added his two points off of a rebound.
Warriors def Spurs
This was a great game to watch and outstanding overall performance for the Warriors. Alex Pace was the defensive player of the game for his shutdown defense. Kyle Adams helped the effort with four points and seven rebounds. Brady Litton and Michael Hill led the Warriors with seven points apiece. Jacob Mellen scored two points and was a rebounding machine with nine rebounds. Michael Ryan was a force in the paint on defense with three blocked shots and five rebounds. Dylan Crowley had a monster game on both ends of the court finishing with six points, seven rebounds and steals. Johnny Baker had a solid game showcasing his shooting, rebounding and ball-handling skills.
Celtics 26 – Cavs 25
The Cavs lost a thrilling game to the Celtics. The Cavs got off to a quick start thanks to early buckets from Jack Stadtman and Joey Arsenault. But, the Celtics hung tough. The game went back and forth due to some tough defense from Alex Naghbi and Scott Lightburn. The Cavs were able to battle back late with a driving bucket from Anthony Naghbi and two quick hoops from Kodie Legrand and Tyler Leeds. With James Carroll and Louis Mascia grabbing important rebounds in the final minutes. The Cavs had a chance to win it as time expired but the final shot came up just short.
Heat 42 – Knicks 14
The Heat came out on fire Saturday to beat a strong Knicks team. Everybody jumped into the scoring column including 14 points each from Aiden Crogan and Derek Wilkinson. Alex Johnston added 8 points while Joe Romero, Colin Caggiano, and James Demato all dropped in 2 points each.
Nicholas Alvarado and Sam Ros brought the Knicks offense down the court leading to scores by Robert Ryan (6 points), Eric Bellavia (4 points), and Erik Impink and Colin Hansbury with 2 points each. Leading the way with a huge defensive effort was Brandon Waddell who had 3 steals and 3 rebounds. He was assisted by Billy Erickson, Nathan Petrone and Liam McDermott underneath the net combining for rebounds and a blocked shot.
Our 7th & 8th grade division played 5 games at the Wynn Middle School.
Cavs 38 – Spurs 32
The Cavs had another great game, facing a really tough team. It was a back and forth game with a lot of good defense from Ryan Rosenberg and Jason Donaher. Harrison Graczyk had a big 3 point shot with 2 more baskets. Tyler Paulding had 8 points, Luke Moriera had 6 points, Cam Loder had 6 points, Jason Martineau had 6 points and Mihir Bagul had 2. Nick Johnston added a free throw shot.
The Spurs started off playing good defense and scoring 13 points in the 1st quarter. Scoring contributions came from Arya Mehrabani (4) Mike Fowler (2), Alex Newcombe (2), Matt Ferreira (2), Sean Fahey (1) and Nick Smith (2). James Ministeri played great defense with 3 steals and turnaround passing to his teammates for assist. Rhen Trinidade was all over the court contributing (2) points to the effort. Sean Fahey added a couple of assists to help the Spurs before going out of the game. Robbie Kimtis played great defense along with contributing two baskets. Overall a great team effort. This was a battle from the start with such wonderful defense on both sides.
Knicks 44 – Clippers 36
The Knicks were able to capture their first victory of the season with a well-balanced game. They held the lead throughout the game and played aggressively on offense and defense. All of the players put in a great effort including leading scorer Tyler Demers who poured in 18 points. The scoring was spread around with James Kochakian (11), Logan Rienhard (8) and Jack Balboni (7) all contributing. Playing a great defensive game were Robert Cortes and Charlie Matsas.
The Clippers faced a quick Knicks team that took an early lead. The Clippers were able to slow down the Knicks fast breaks, with the help of defensive plays by Kyle Braciska, Riley Auth, Jason Barnes and Shawn Manson. The Clippers closed the deficit to 6 points by the second half with Cullain Johnson and Mike Kelleher crashing the boards, each with 7 rebounds. The Clippers offense moved the ball around with nice passing by Shawn Manson, Dylan Dufresne and Riley Auth. The Clippers scoring was led by Cullain Johnson with 13 points, Shawn Manson and Dylan Dufresne each with 6 points, Riley Auth with 4 points, Kyle Braciska with 3 and Jason Barnes and Josh Linehan with 2 points each.
Warriors 32 – Celtics 31
The Warriors started off strong in the first half scoring 19 points and playing good defense holding the Celtic to only 5. Scoring contributions came from Derek Munroe, Gavin Thomasset, Alec Sokol and Calvin Silva. Defensive and rebounding contribution came from Dominic Cohen, Logan Gallagher, Liam MacDonald and Bobby O’Hearn. In the second half the Celtics started to gain momentum and even though the Warrior scored 9 points in the third quarter (7 by Liam MacDonald) the Celtics were only down 3 going into the fourth quarter. The Warriors found themselves down 31-30 with 1:30 left on the clock. Then Rodrigo Coelho hit a jump shot to help the Warriors take a one point lead. The Warriors defense held strong on the Celtics next two possessions and they were able to secure their first win of the season. Scoring totals for the Warriors were Liam MacDonald (9pts), Gavin Thomasset (8pts), Alec Sokol (5pts), Derek Munroe (4pts) Rodrigo Coelho (4pts) and Calvin Silva (2pts)
Heat 36 – Thunder 29
The Thunder battled from an early deficit to take a lead in the second half but couldn't hold off the Heats late scoring push. The Thunder were led in scoring by newcomer Aiden Lefler, Robert Chisholm and Jack O'Neill. Joshua Kasule was a defensive force with numerous blocks.
Lakers defeated the Bulls
In the late game, the Lakers came out strong from the first whistle. Utilizing the full court press, the Lakers were able to score off of several steals and intercepted passes, jumping out to an early lead. Shorthanded with only 1 sub on the bench, the players battled through fatigue to put up a great defensive effort. On the offensive side, Matt Rosemond led all scorers with 18 points, followed closely by Doug Renna and Ken Wilson who each contributed 16. Ryan Fraser had a great game all over the court and added 6 points of his own. Zach Wilson had several steals and rebounds while Mikey Bankowski contributed with some key assists and defensive stops.