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TBBL Roundup: Lakers Topple Celtics, Cavs Trim Spurs

Jan 08, 2016 09:50AM ● By Bill Gilman


(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the TBBL.)

Cadet Division (2nd grade)

Eagles vs Terriers

The Eagles came out and played a great all-around game against the Terriors. Dylan McNelley, Ben Panilaitis and Brian Donnelly held the front on defense while Noah Sederquist, Brady Schofield and Mikey Colameta took care of the rebounds. In the second half the Eagles stepped it up on offense. Scoring contributions were as follows; Brady Schofield (8 pts), Ben Panilaitis (2pts) and Brian Donnelly (2pts).

The Terriers had another exciting game on Saturday against the Eagles. The Terriers had a lot of good shots early in the contest by Hunter Gervais and Owen Wall but the shots just weren’t dropping. The team’s hard work and persistence on defense and chasing down loose balls kept the team in the game until the shots started to go in. The Terriers’ offense started to click with some good passing by Owen Hiltz, Ben Barrasso (2 pts) and Jake Burns (2 pts). And leading the scoring for the Terriers were Sean Kocsmiersky (8 pts) and Cam Giendner (4 pts).

Minutemen vs Bulldogs

The Minuteman gave their all this past Saturday.  The scoring came from Mateus Fraga and Emecka Olu.  Jason DiPalma and Cole Doherty did a great job defensively.  Payton Haines and Jason Grant chipped in with some good passes in the loss.

Blue Devils vs Huskies

The Cadet Blue Devils played a very close game against a very formidable Huskies Team.  The Blue Devils had some Great passing and rebounding.  Will O’Neil continued to own the boards. Sam Berry and Sean Maloney nicely moved the ball around the arc.  Ben Christopher grabbed up every loose ball and continues to be a deep threat. Tyler Bourgea’s impressive defense helped to close out the game. Nicholas Burgess was the shot blocking king for the day.

Junior Division (3rd & 4th grade)

Heat 23 - Warriors 16

The Warriors played a great game against the Heat despite their short bench. Zachary Salvaggio played an outstanding defensive game and contributed 4 points.  Michael Donahoe showed incredible hustle and played well all around. Jonathan Bielecki stepped up defensively and made some key blocks and rebounds. Ryan Benchater showed a lot of heart in his effort and put up 4 points. Kenny Nguyen put up two points and used his speed to run coast to coast and make some key blocks on fast breaks. Adam DiCiaccio played well and contributed 6 points.

Bulls 22 – Celtics 12

The Celtics could not get their shots to fall in and they were out rebounded time and time again by the Bulls.  Some highlights of the game were when Ryan Saad was 50 percent from the free throw line and made the first basket of the game.  Adam Saad also made 2 out of 4 of his free throw shots and was able to get some good looks right under the hoop.  Alexandre Almeida connected with two baskets in the first half.  Jimmy Holmes set some timely picks to keep the offense in the game. Santino D’Ippolito, Jimmy Maloney, Danny Holmes each contributed with great hustle.  Alex Grove had a few good passes down low to the forwards cutting across the key.  Seamus Naughton finished up the game scoring two points.

Thunder 28 - Clippers 15

The Thunder battled the Clippers on court one to remain undefeated.  The Thunder were short-handed with only 7 players but we're able to hold the Clippers to 15 points.   Point guards Vincent Ciancio and Aaron Ramsey ran the offense and lead the team in scoring.  Evan Galanis had a great game on defense and scored on several fast breaks.  Matt Clark and Nathan Galanis played tough defense against the Clippers big men and scored for the Thunder.  Matt Ramsey and Jack Rattey played great defense and had several assists on offense.  Final scoring for the Thunder: Evan Galanis (6 pts), Matt Ramsey (9 pts), Nathan Galanis (4 pts), Vincent Ciancio (7 pts), Matt Clark (2 pts).

Lakers 24 – Knicks 14

The Lakers were able to get back to 500 with a 24-14 win over a tough Knicks team. PJ Civitarese lead the scoring with 10 points followed by Andre Monterio with 6 points, Cameron Thompson had 3 points, Nick Kearney and Ryan Thompson each contributed 2 points. Jason Mitchell also dropped in a free throw.  Quintin and Aiden Kelley both had their best games of the year defensively with 3 steals each.

Intermediate Division (5th & 6th grade)

Heat 43 – Clippers 18

The Heat saw everyone get into the scoring column including a huge day from Ryan Flynn with 18 pts, Derek Wilkinson with 14pts, and both James Demato & Sean Hirtle had 4pts. Colin Caggiano and Alex Johnston finished the scoring with 2pts each.

In a tough match up on Saturday, the Clippers put up 18 points spread between high scorer Sam Barbagallo (7 pts), Josh Engelken (5pts), and 2 points each for Sam Hines, Drew Nestor and Connor Broderick. With the effort they showed throughout the game, they are hoping to get back into the win column next week.

Lakers 34 – Celtics 17

The lakers played a great game against the Celtics Saturday.  Five Lakers scored including Will Forbes (6), Lee Ghannam (14), John O'Donnell (2), Evan Silva (6), and Tyler Trodden (6).  DJ Bresette, Justin Darrigo, Jacob Martel and Max Mattuchio played excellent, aggressive defense.  Aidan Crawson made some great plays as well with a fantastic pass from the post position for one of our baskets, and going hard to the floor for loose balls.

Warriors 26 – Knicks 14

For the Warriors, Kyle Adams was everywhere on the court, finishing with 10 points, 2 rebounds and 4 blocks. Dylan Crowley was his usual calming force and finished with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Alex Pace had 2 key steals to help preserve the win. Michael Hill, who finished with 2 points, made several passes that turned into baskets. Johnny Baker handled the point guard duties with skill and expertise. Brady Litton finished with 8 points from great drives to the hoop. Braedon Pincher played shutdown defense on his opponent. Michael Ryan made the difference with his Inbounding of the ball. Jacob Mellen continued his rebounding dominance and had 2 points in the outstanding team effort by the Warriors.

The Knicks defense kept the game close but could not keep up with the 3rd quarter fast breaks of the Warriors.  Nathan Petrone, Colin Hansbury and Liam McDermott took control of the boards with a solid rebounding effort. Sam Ros played tough defense at the top of the key to keep the Warriors out of the offensive zone.  The Knicks offense was led by Robert Ryan and Eric Bellavia with 4 points each, with Billy Erickson, Eric Impink and Nicholas Alvarado adding 2 points each.

Cavs 24 – Spurs 23

The Cavs won a thriller on Saturday over a very tough Spurs team. The Cavs got off to a nice start thanks to 4 early points from Jack Stadtman, a basket from Louis Mascia, and some strong low post defense from Scott Lightburn. Tied at 12 at the half, the Cavs came out strong in the third quarter. Joey Arsenault scored a basket and added two clutch free throws, Tyler Leeds added a basket and some tenacious defense and Kodie Legrand scored inside and helped to control the boards. The Spurs kept battling, but in the end the Cavs were able to escape with a one point win.

Senior Division

7th & 8th grade division

Clippers 47 – Warriors 22

The Clippers put in a complete team performance against a tough Warriors team.  The Clippers' offense was aided by excellent passing which allowed for the each player to contribute to the scoring.  The Clippers were led by Josh Linnehan's 12 points followed by Shawn Manson's 8 points, Jason Barnes and Dylan Dufresne each putting in 7 points, Mike Kelleher adding 6 points , Rylie Auth adding 5 points and Cullain Johnson putting in 2 points.  The team defense was able to hold the Warriors to 22 points.  It was led by the monster rebounding of Mike Kelleher with 11 rebounds, followed by Rylie Auth with 5 rebounds and two steals, Cullain Johnson added 4 rebounds and Jason Barnes had 3 rebounds and two steals.

The Warriors put up a good fight in the first quarter keeping it close but trailing the Clippers by the score of 15-11. The Clippers really came on strong in the second and third quarters on offense scoring 21 points and even though the Warriors had their opportunities the ball would not go in. In the fourth quarter the Warriors tried their best but the Clippers proved to be too much for the Warriors. Scoring totals for the Warriors were Gavin Thomasset (6pts), Rodrigo Coelho (5pts), Dominic Cohen (4pts), Calvin Silva (4pts) and Logan Gallagher (1pt).   

Thunder 39 – Bulls 36

The Thunder got their first win of the season behind strong offensive performances by Cam Hodgson (19 pts) and Own Gilligan (11 points).  The Thunder were led defensively by Justin Flynn and Robert Chisholm.

Lakers 34 – Celtics 20

The Lakers again struggled through a slow start but were able to battle back and take control against a relentless Celtics team.  Matt Rosemond fought through some early foul trouble to lead the offensive effort while also setting the tempo on defense.  Doug Renna knocked down some key baskets, and distributed the ball to his teammates.  Ryan Fraser was all over the floor as usual, pressing the ball on defense and making key drives to the hoop.  Matt Woods contributed on the offensive side with his signature curl move to the key, while also helping trap the ball carrier for the Celtics.  Mikey Bankowski made some key stops anchoring the back end of the Lakers’ press before going down with a nasty fall late in the second quarter.  The Lakers’ offense was again driven by the outstanding post play of Ken Wilson who not only led all scorers but also dominated the boards on both ends of the court.

Spurs 65 – Knicks 44

The Knicks talented squad got on the board first going out to a quick 4-0 lead.  Mike Fowler (4 blocks, 3pts, and 2 steals) started the defense going for the Spurs.  Rhen Trinidade (2 pts and block) put the Spurs on the board.  Alex Newcombe (6 pts, 2 steals and all out hustle) provided great man to man pressure on the Knicks scoring attack.  James Ministeri (4 pts and block shot) was also a force on defense helping to keep the Knicks from scoring.  Matt Ferreira (7 pts) kept the Knicks Guards from moving the ball around the court.   Robbie Kimtis (35 pts and 4 blocked shots) was unstoppable, frustrating the Knicks Big Players with tremendous end to end hustle.  Arya Mehrabani (8 pts and 2 blocks) was also a big time player for the Spurs.

The Knicks and Spurs started the game off slow in the scoring department then in the second half the Spurs turned it into high gear winning the game 65 to 44. Leading the scoring for the Knicks was James Kochakian (17), Jack Balboni (12) followed by Danny Lightfoot (6), Tyler Demers (5), Logan Reinhold ,and Gustavo Tizotti both had 2 points each. Playing a strong defense for the Knicks were Charles Matsas and Robert Cortes.

Travel Division

Tewksbury 4 GW hosted Salem this weekend in their 6th game of the season.  Tewksbury came out strong and hit their baskets first with Coby Flahive (12 pts) and Cam Kearney (8 pts) which were a result of some great passing from Braydon Aylward (4 steals) and Michael Gaglione (2 pts and 6 steals).   On the Boards Tewksbury was strong with support from Luke Montejo (5 point with 1 of them from the line and 7 rebounds)  Ben Piccolo (4 pts, 7 rebounds 1 steal) and Jack Baron (2pts, 5 rebounds and 2 steals)  Tewksbury lead at the half 19-6.  In the 2nd Half, 4GW continued to play great defense lead by Damion Ortiz (6 steals, 2 blocks), Sam White (2 pts, 4 steals, 2 blocks) and Zack Hayes (4pts, 3 blocks, 1 steal).  Tewksbury closed the game with a great basket from Billy Burris (2 pts, 3 steals) and found their 3rd win on the season 41-15, to improve to 3-3.

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