TBBL Roundup: Spurs Edge Thunder In Thriller, Knicks Top CelticsJan 14, 2016 06:18AM ● By Bill Gilman
Cadet Division (2nd grade)
The Terriers had a great game despite being undermanned in this week’s contest against the Wildcats. The Terriers were without Owen Wall this week and Sean Kocsmiersky got injured just prior to game time and wasn’t able to play. That left Ben Barrasso, Jake Burns, Owen Hiltz, Cam Giendner, and Hunter Gervais (who also finished the game on the bench with a minor injury) to carry the load. The Terriers offense started slow, but came alive for a 12 point second quarter led by Jake Burns (8 pts) who had some good shots and a bunch of nice passes. Cam Giendner (14 pts) had his best game of the season by playing tough defense, getting rebounds, and getting a lot of quality shots. Owen Hilts (2 pts) played scrappy defense and secured a bunch of loose balls while sinking his first basket of the season. Ben Barrasso (4 pts) had a solid game on defense with a lot of steals and rebounds while also contributing a couple of baskets on offense. Hunter Gervais was solid on defense and showed improved dribbling skills by bringing the ball up the court with more confidence to help get the Terrier offense going.
Minutemen vs Gators
The Minuteman had another tough game this past weekend against the Gators. Mateus Fraga and Jason Grant chipped in with some great passes. Emecka Olu and Jason Flavin did all of the scoring for the team. Cole Doherty, Payton Haines and Jason DiPalma played great defense to keep the game close.
The Eagles started out the game slow offensively but with the help of Dylan McNelley, Ben Panilaitis, Brian Donnelly and Brady Schofield on defense they closed the gap at the half. In the second half the Eagles were able to accrue 7 points on offense from Ben Panilaitis, Brady Schofield and Noah Sederquist. The Eagles were a force under the hoop for defensive rebounding lead by Mikey Colameta and Noah Sederquist.
The Huskies came out strong on defense from the tip. Huskies defense was led by Alan Dang 4 steals, 7 rebounds and Jack Krauss 2 steals, 3 rebounds to set the tone from the start. Huskies offense thrived off their defensive effort. James Holden 10pts led all scorers. Grayson Ryder 4pts, Maddox Dobson 2pts, Michael Devlin 2pts, Hunter Holloway 2pts and Nicholas Kuras 1pt contributed to the effort for the Huskies.
Blue Devils vs Bulldogs
The Blue Devils played a very strong game this past Saturday. Will O’Neil ripped down many rebounds. Sam Berry and Sean Maloney contributed to our balanced passing attack. Ben Christopher contributed with many Steals and some big baskets. Tyler Bourgea’s impressively drove the fast break. Nicholas Burgess continued to bury key baskets at clutch moments.
Junior Division (3rd & 4th grade)
Thunder 35 – Spurs 10
The Thunder played a solid game against the Spurs. Point guard Vincent Ciancio scored a season high 20 points thanks to picks set by Evan Galanis, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Rattey. Matt Ramsey had several good looks at the hoop and converted 2 points. Aaron Ramsey played dominating defense and scored 4 points. Alex Dellorusso scored 4 points off of two offensive rebounds. Jack Rattey scored a free throw. pulled down a fantastic rebound and scored his first points of the season. Evan Galanis shut down the Spurs point guards with several steals and blocked shots. Nathan Galanis, and Matt Clark grabbed offensive and defensing rebounds and had 2 points each. Ryan King played great defense and ran several fast breaks.
Lakers 42 – Heat 16
The Lakers hit the score board first with some great shots from PJ Civitarese (14 pts, 5 steals and 8 rebounds) and Nick Kearney (12 pts, 5 steals 3 rebounds). These points were a result of some great passing from Quintin Kelley (3 steals, 2 blocks) and Jake Civitarese (2pts, 2 steals). At the half the Lakers were up 24-8. In the 2nd half the Heat some applying some great defense but the Lakers made some adjustments and Aidan Kelley hit some key baskets (6pts, 3 steals, 5 rebounds) along with Andre Monteiro (6pts, 6 steals, 8 rebounds) The defense for the Lakers was led by Jason Mitchell (7 steals, 2pts) and Jason Morris (3 steals, 4 blocks).
Celtics 19 – Warriors 14
The Celtic’s celebrated a real team effort. The points were evenly distributed. Lots of players were grabbing rebounds and making steals. There were also a lot of players setting picks and passing the ball off. Danny Holmes made a fabulous shot right at the half-time buzzer to bring his total points to 4. Ryan Saad had a fancy scoop layup to finish his scoring at 6 points. Seamus Naughton took advantage of free throw shots and scored one out of two. Santino D’Ippolito scored his first basket of the season. Jimmy Maloney scored 4 points as well. Jimmy Holmes had a great entry pass down low to set up Alex Grove for 2 points. William Fillmore was tenacious on defense and had many steals. The Warrior’s kept fighting back but the selfless play of the entire Celtic’s team enabled them to hold on to the win.
The Celtics played a great game and showed great sportsmanship. The Warriors gave a tremendous effort despite the short bench. Kenny Nguyen and Ryan Benchater both contributed four points and showed great hustle on the defense. Zachary Salvaggio scored two points and played well defensively. Jonathon Bielecki, Micheal Galvin, and Adam DiCiaccio gave outstanding effort on both ends of the court. Temporary Assistant Coach Michael Donahoe displayed his dedication to the team by offering his support despite his injury. All around a great performance by the Warriors.
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)
Spurs 25 – Clippers 20
The Clippers played well enough to have many quality shots, but the ball was just not falling in the net this game. Drew Nestor connected for 6 points and Connor Broderick followed with 4 points. Sam Barbagallo also had 4 points and an exceptional game on offense and defense; he tried hard to lead his team in a tough game. Jonah Bennett continued his weekly all-out effort and contributed 2 points. Daniel Richardson and Josh Engelken had two points each on good offense rebounds. Although they didn't show up in the scoring column, Sam Hines, Derek Musgrave and Stephen O'Hearn's effort on both ends of the court created opportunities for themselves and their teammates throughout the game.
Heat 24 – Lakers 13
The Heat had their hands full on Saturday against a tough defensive Lakers team. Scoring for the Heat was Aiden Crogan (9 pts), Alex Johnston (6 pts), Derek Wilkinson (5 pts), both Ryan Flynn & Eddie Gallant had 2 points. James Demato and Joe Romero had a big day on the boards ripping down many big rebounds. Sean Hirtle and Colin Caggiano played excellent defense to help seal the victory.
Celtics 26 – Warriors 20
This was a well-played game that wasn't decided until the end. Johnny Baker played well at the point guard position. Dylan Crowley finished with two points and added several great drives to the hoop. Alex pace got a nice shot off and continues to play great defense. Jacob melon continues to rebound well and finished with 4 rebounds. Michael Brian had several key steals to keep the game close. Kyle Adams continues to be an offensive force finishing with seven points. Michael Hill continues to pass well and shoot well, he finished with three points. Braedon Pincher had several key rebounds in the effort. Brady Litton finished with 8 points and continued with his torrid scoring effort.
Cavs 26 – Knicks 24
The Cavs won a thriller in a back and forth contest. The Cavs got out to an early lead thanks to two quick buckets from Joey Aresenault and a free throw from Louis Mascia. But, the Knicks came right back to take the lead. Tight defense and a basket from Alex Naghibi helped keep the Cavs close. Jack Stadtman and James Carroll increased their defensive intensity as well to keep it a 1 point game at the half. Tyler Leeds scored early in the second half and a running shot in the lane by Anthony Naghibi gave the Cavs a late lead that didn't last. Trailing by 1 with 15 seconds to go, Kodie Legrand made a clutch free throw to tie it. Then, Scott Lightburn threw a desperate pass to Kodie who once again came up clutch making a shot as time expired to give the Cavs a hard fought win.
The Knicks lost a tough one to the Cavs in this action packed matchup. There was back and forth action between both teams ending with a time expiring shot from the Cavs giving them the win. Colin Hansbury led the offensive rush for the Knicks setting up plays that led to scoring Nicholas Alvarado who had 10 points, and Eric Impink and Eric Bellavia with 8 and 6 points respectively. Liam McDermott and Sam Ros led the defense with their quick feet, while Brandon Waddell and Billy Erickson showed some serious height grabbing rebounds away from the Cavs. Robert Ryan had two key steals and Nathan Petrone rounded out the defensive stand with great hustle.
7th & 8th grade division
Spurs 47 – Thunder 46
The Thunder came out flying on an 8-0 run, putting the Spurs on high defense mode, then the Spurs got on the board. Alex Newcombe 3 pts, and great all around defense slowed down the Thunder. Mike Fowler (6 pts, 2 blocks and a steal) kept the Spurs on the board. James Ministeri (4 pts and a steal) played a great game with good ball control. Rhen Trinidade (4 pts) and Matt Ferreira (7 pts) gave the Spurs the lead at halftime 27-20. The second half was just as exciting. The Spurs had to buckle down to slow the Thunder from scoring. Robbie Kimtis (15 pts) took the lead for his teammates. Nick Smith (2 pts) controlled the floor, slowing down play, and keeping the Thunder from running wild scoring at will. Arya Mehrabani (6 pts and 2 steals) played tremendous at the end controlling the ball. The Spurs hung on to win despite foul trouble, injury and a player losing his contact lenses during this extremely close game.
The Thunder played their best game of the season behind strong offensive and defensive performances by the entire team. Top scorers were Cam Hodgson, Aiden Lefler, Owen Gilligan and Justin Flynn. Great defense was played by Jack O'Neill, Robert Chisholm, Josh Kosule and Julian Costello.
Knicks 29 – Celtics 26
The Celtics started the game with a quick score off the tip, and then the Knicks offense ran off 12 unanswered points before the Knicks offense ran out of gas and let the Celtics back into the game. The Celtics took over the lead in the third quarter. The Knicks players started to make their shots in fourth the quarter regaining the lead and took the lead for good with less than 2 minutes in the game. Leading the scoring for the Knicks were James Kochakian and Gustavo Tizotti both had 9 points, followed by Tyler Demers 4, Jack Balboni 3, Bricen Boudreault and Charlie Matsas with 2 each. Playing a solid defense throughout the game were Danny Lightfoot, Robert Cortes, and Logan Reinhold.
Clippers 45 – Cavs 22
The Clippers got out to a quick 10 point lead in the first quarter against a very good Cav's team. The Clippers put in another all team offensive performance. The team scoring was led by Dylan Dufresne with 11 points, followed by Shawn Manson and Rylie Auth both with 10 points. Ryle Auth got 6 of his points within the first 5 minutes of the game. Kyle Braciska added 6 points, Josh Linnehan put in 4 points, while Jason Barnes and Cullain Johnson each had 2 points. The Cavs pushed back and cut the Clippers's lead to 10 by the third quarter. The Clipper's smothering defense stepped up, led by Cullain Johnson's 5 rebounds and Rylie Auth grabbing 4 rebounds and Kyle Braciska adding 3 rebounds. The entire defense was solid in the fourth quarter, to ensure a second straight victory.
Lakers 39 – Warriors 22
The Lakers continue to struggle early in their games, but were able to put it together in the final 3 quarters to pull away from a fired up Warriors squad. After not making a single hoop in the first 4 minutes, and only managing 3 points in the entire first quarter, the Lakers finally took the lid off the hoop and took a lead into half. The Lakers secured the game in the 3rd quarter with outstanding defense that led to many fast break points and a commanding lead which they held onto to close out the game. Ken Wilson continues to develop into one of the best post players in the league leading all scorers with 15 points. Matt Rosemond shook off his cold shooting in the first half to finish with 8 points. Doug Renna added 5 from the point guard position, often feeding Jack Keneally down low who added 5 more points and a trunk load of rebounds. Zach Wilson added a pair of hoops to contribute 4 points while Matt Woods added a bucket of his own to round out the Lakers’ scoring. Mikey Bankowski returned from his injury in the last game to play some solid defense on the back end of the Lakers’ press, while Ryan Fraser continues to fire up the Lakers with his all-out play and constant energy.
The game started off as a defensive battle in the first quarter but with the 2 scores from Dominic Cohen and 1 score from Calvin Silva the Warriors took a first quarter lead of 6-4. In the second quarter both teams were able to put up points against each other but the Warriors found themselves trailing at halftime. Defensive stand outs in the first half were Logan Gallagher, Calvin Silva and Liam Macdonald. The Warriors fought hard in the rebound game led by Liam Macdonald, Derek Munroe, Bobby O’hern, Gavin Thomasset and Rodrigo Silva. In the third quarter the defense of the Lakers proved to be too strong limiting the Warriors to 2pts. The score after the third quarter was Lakers 30- Warriors 18. In the fourth quarter the Warriors showed a lot of heart matching score for score but ultimately lost the game by a final score of Lakers 39- Warriors 22. Scoring totals for the Warriors were Gavin Thomasset (9pts), Rodrigo Coelho (4pts), Dominic Cohen (4pts), Derek Munroe (4pts), Bobby O’Hearn (2pts), Calvin Silva (2pts) and Logan Gallagher (2pt).