TBBL Roundup: 4th Grade White Tops Wilmington, Falls To Chelsmford
Dec 23, 2015 12:32PM
● By Bill Gilman
Junior Division (3rd & 4th grade)
Clippers 24 - Cavs 11
The Clippers controlled play from wire to wire on an excellent display of basketball skill. Mason Veits led the way with 7 points, 5 steals, and 5 blocks. Not to be outdone, Sheamus Macdonald scored 6 points while cleaning up on the boards. Kenny Ryder had 5 steals to go along with his 2 points. Liam Kelley also chipped in with 4 points while leading the team with 5 rebounds against the much bigger Cavalier front court. While it doesn’t show up in the box score, William Hunt had perhaps his best game as he has improved very quickly. Tyler Chesborough played great defense and is already showing much improved ballhandling skills. Andrew Gallante had a number of great passes and played very smart defense. William Holloway had 3 points and played very aggressive defense that led to a number of opportunities. The Clippers won a very hard fought game with a tremendous team effort.
Thunder 17 – Lakers 10
Thunder point guard Vincent Ciancio opened up the scoring with 4 points in the first period and finished the game with 7 points. The Thunder took a 10-2 lead into half time. Nathan Galanis, Matt Clark, Aaron Ramsey and Matt Ramsey all scored 2 points and played dominating defense. Jack Ramsey and Ryan King played stellar defense, and created turnovers in the final minutes of the game.
Celtics 23 - Heat 10
Celtics played a real team game. The points were well distributed. Many selfless plays were made by setting picks and passing the ball underneath. During the first quarter four players had 2 points each. Danny Holmes set a pick to allow Alex Grove to drive to the basket to score his first basket of the season. Ryan Saad had a defensive steal that he converted into a lay-up. Jimmy Holmes converted for two and Adam Saad put up an outside jump shot. Alexandre Almeida rounded out the scoring in the first quarter by sinking one of two shots from the line and putting up a two pointer as well. Seamus Naughton took a turn bringing the ball up court and had some great passes to his teammates. Jimmy Maloney made some great inbound plays and fought hard for some rebounds. Santino D'Ippolito worked hard on offense driving the ball to the hoop and on defense coming up with a steal. William Fillmore finished out the game with two free throw shots and he went one for two from the line grabbing his first point for the season.
Bulls 34 – Spurs 11
Knicks 35 – Warriors 5
Intermediate Division (5th & 6th grade)
Cavs 22 – Warriors 19
The Cavs won a thriller on Saturday over a very tough Warriors team. The Cavs once again got off to a very slow start, but were kept in the game thanks to 4 early points from Joey Arsenault (12 pts overall). Trailing 12-4 at the half, the Cavs came storming back in the third quarter. Louis Mascia scored 4 quick points; Tyler Leeds added a basket and some tenacious defense and James Carroll and Jack Stadtman also grabbed a bunch of tough rebounds. The Cavs finally were able to get the lead thanks to two long jump shots by Scott Lightburn. But, the Warriors wouldn't go away until Kodie Legrand made a driving layup with 6 seconds left to seal the Cavs first win of the season.
What a game by both teams. The score was close throughout. Jacob Mellen continued his great rebounding ability. Michael Ryan kept the warriors in the game with skillful in-bounding of the ball. Alex Pace contributed with great passing and defense. Braedon Pincher was solid on defense. Kyle Adams was everywhere and had 2 points and 9 blocked shots. Dylan Crowley had several key drives to the hoop and finished with 2 points. Brady Litton led the team with 8 points and 4 assists. Johnny Baker helped the cause by hitting 2 baskets and passing well. Michael Hill had 1 point, 4 steals and 2 assists.
Heat 38 – Spurs 26
The Heat held off a very talented and big Spurs team on Saturday. Scoring for the Heat was Derek Wilkinson (18 pts), Aiden Crogan (12 pts), and Colin Caggiano, Sean Hirtle, Ryan Flynn, and Alex Johnston all with 2 points each. Eddie Gallant continues to improve on both sides of the ball showing great hustle. Joe Romero had another big day on the boards including a big rebound late to hold off the Spurs.
Lakers 37 – Knicks 24
The lakers played an excellent game against a tough Knicks team. Lee Ghannam exploded on offense with a game and season high of 20 points. Several players contributed points including DJ Bresette (2), Aidan Crawson (2), Justin Darrigo (3), Will Forbes (4), Evan Silva (4), and Tyler Trodden (2). John O'Donnell, Max Mattuchio, and Jacob Martel played great defense and helped secure the win.
The Knicks offense exploded with scoring from 7 different players, Eric Bellavia led the way with 6 points, Brandon Waddell, Colin Hansbury and Billy Erickson followed with 4 points each, and Liam McDermott, Nicholas Alvarado, and Eric Impink added 2 points each. The defense struggled in the second quarter but recovered in the second half led by the strong rebounding by Robert Ryan, Nathan Petrone and Sam Ros.
Clippers 23 – Celtics 20
7th & 8th grade division
Spurs 53 – Celtics 40
The Celtics got on the scoreboard first going out to a 4-0 lead before Rhen Trinidade (5 pts) would hit a nice open court shot cutting the lead in half. Mike Fowler (3 pts), two blocks and steals provided great defense for the Spurs. Alex Newcombe (8 pts) helped the Spurs keep pace with the Celtics top scorers. Matt Ferreira (2 pts) slowed the Celtics down with good man to man coverage. James Ministeri was all over the floor with 3 steals and great cover defense. Arya Mehrabani added 6 points and a steal to close out the win. Robbie Kimtis was a force with 29 points leading all scorers and keeping the Ceitics scorers at bay.
Knicks 48 – Bulls 32
The Knicks secured their third win this past weekend with a great team effort, scoring a season high 48 points. Leading the way was James Kochakian with 15; Jack Balboni 13, Tyler Demers with 10 points and Danny Lightfoot scored 8 points including two three-point shots. Contributing to the win playing strong defense were Robert Cortes, Logan Reinhard, Charlie Matsas and Bricen Boudreault.
Heat 37 – Warriors 27
The Warriors started off slow against the Heat having trouble adjusting to the pressure defense finding themselves down 18-4 after the first quarter. The Warriors showed heart putting together quality opportunities on offense and holding strong on defense going into the half down 21-11. In the second half the Warriors were able to cut the Heats lead to 4 points at one time but ultimately could not hold on. Scoring totals for the Warriors were Gavin Thomasset (11pts), Rodrigo Coelho (4pts), Dominic Cohen (4pts), Liam MacDonald (4pts), Alec Sokol (2pts) and Derek Munroe (2pts).
Lakers 47 – Clippers 38
The Lakers got the job done after a very lackluster start against an aggressive Clippers team. Matt Rosemond and Doug Renna continue to shine while running the offense, not only knocking down big shots, but also distributing the ball to their teammates. Ryan Fraser continues to be the heart of the team, playing at 100% every second he is on the floor, contributing big on both sides of the court. Mikey Bankowski played a strong defensive game helping stop some fast breaks when the Clippers broke the Lakers’ press. Zach Wilson and Matt Woods played solid defense and contributed key buckets to help the Lakers offense. The Lakers’ “Twin Towers” of Ken Wilson and Jack Kenneally not only dominated the boards on both ends of the court, but they also contributed to the Lakers’ press cutting off key passes and sending the Lakers into fast break opportunities.
Cavs 35 – Thunder 19
The Cavs took an early lead with Cam Loder (2 points), Mihir Bagul (4 points), Jason Martineau (2 points), Tyler Paulding (4 points), Ryan Rosenberg (2 points), Luke Morieria (4 points) all contributing. Harrison Graczyk added 3 three pointers shots and another bucket for 11 points. Nick Johnston had 6 points including two free throws.
The Thunder held even in the first half but struggled to find the offense in the second half. The Thunder were led in scoring by Joshua Kosule with Devin Stoddard getting his first basket of the season. Defensive standouts were Justin Flynn and Jack O'Neill.
Tewksbury 4th Grade White hosted Wilmington Blue this past weekend in their 4th game of the season. Tewksbury had some nice baskets in the 1st half lead by Colby Flahive (6pts) and Luke Montejo (2 for 2 at the line, 5 pts on the day). Ben Piccolo had a season high with (7pts) which was a result of some great offense rebounds and passing from Cam Kearney (4pts) and Braydon Aylward. The score was tied 10-10 at the half.
In the 2nd Half, Tewksbury found themselves up by 9 but Wilmington was playing hard to get back in the game. Jack Baron had 6 big rebounds on the boards along with Zack Hayes (3 rebounds). Tewksbury defense came up big led by Billy Burris (3 steals), Damian Ortiz (3 steals), Michael Gaglione (2 steals, 3pts) and Sam White (2 steals). Tewksbury earned their 2nd win of the season.
Tewksbury 4th Grade White traveled to Chelmsford for their 5th game on the season this past weekend. Tewksbury was up early in the 1st half 9-4 with some great scoring drives by Billy Burris (5 pts) and Colby Flahive (4pts) which were the result of some great passing from Braydon Aylward. Shortly into the game Chelmsford called a time out, changed the lines and got back in the game and was up 17-9 at the half. In the 2nd half, Tewksbury had some great rebounds to support the 2nd shot led by Luke Montejo (4pts, 7 rebounds) Ben Piccolo (3 pts, 8 rebounds), Zach Hayes (7 rebounds) and Jack Baron (4 rebounds). Chelmsford offense was hitting some great outside shorts but the Tewksbury defense did not give up, led by Cam Kearney (5 steals, 2pts) Michael Gaglione (4 steals, 4 pts) Damian Ortiz (3 steals) along with Sam White (3 steals). Tewksbury ran out of time and fell to Chelmsford 39-24.