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TBBL Roundup: Spurs Hold Back Clippers, Lakers Smash Cavs

Jan 31, 2016 03:20PM ● By Bruce Panilaitis

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Cadet Division (2nd grade)

Eagles vs Wildcats
The Eagles played a great all-around game against a strong opponent. In the first half the Eagles displayed great defense lead by Brian Donnelly, Dylan McNelley, Noah Sederquist and Mikey Colameta with scoring contributions from Brady Schofield, Noah Sederquist, Mikey Colameta, Ben Panilaitis and Brandan Cohen. In the third quarter, the Eagles stepped up to the challenge scoring 9 points and holding the Wildcats to 6. The fourth quarter was very tense on both teams as the game was tied and as time was winding down both team had a chance to take the lead. However, in the end, neither one was able to take the lead.

Minutemen vs Huskies
The Minuteman played a good game this Saturday.  The Fab Four of Jason DiPalma, Jason Flavin, Jason Grant and Cole Doherty played their hearts out.   Jason Flavin and Jason DiPalma factored in the scoring for the team.  Cole Doherty and Jason Grant did an excellent job with defense and rebounding.

Blue Devils vs Gators
The Cadet Blue Devils continue have a great game tempo and flow by the whole team. For the second game in a row Will O’Neill hit his long range shots. Sam Berry and Sean Maloney grabbed up every loose ball.  Ben Christopher and Miller Brooks continue to master the Give-and-Go. Ben Christopher stole the ball throughout the game. Tyler Bourgea and Nicholas Burgess forced turnovers and hit most of their shots.

Junior Division (3rd & 4th grade)

Thunder 30 – Bulls 22
The Thunder played a talented Bulls team and played a great game on both sides of the ball.  The team played fantastic defense and had its best offense game of the season.  Matt Ramsey led the point guards in scoring and made some great shots on the floor, ending up with 10 points.  Evan Galanis was everywhere on the floor creating many turnovers and pulled down both offensive and defensive rebounds.  The Bulls did a good job shutting down the Thunders leading scorer. Matt Clark played great defense and made two shots on the floor.  Alex Dellorusso played aggressive defense and cause some pivotal turnovers. Jack Rattey played great defense, set several pics for the point guards and caused a few turnovers. Ryan King played a great game despite not feeling well.

Lakers def Warriors
The Lakers improve to 6-3 with another strong outing against a well-balanced Warriors team. The Lakers started slow out the gate but picked up the scoring in the 2nd half which was led by Andre Monterio with 16 points. Cameron Thompson pitched in with 9 points, Ryan Thompson with 6 points and Nick Kearney and PJ Civiterese with 4 points each. The defense in the 2nd half played a huge role in the Lakers win which was led by Jason Mitchell’s 5 steals, while Aiden Kelley had 3 steals and 4 offensive rebounds. Jake Civiterese had 3 steals as did Quintin Kelley. Jason Morris pitched in with 2 steals and 2 rebounds.

Intermediate Division (5th & 6th grade)

Heat 31 – Knicks 10

The Heat stayed hot Saturday playing their best defensive game of the season. Getting the Heat going on offense was Alex Johnston with 6 points. Sean Hirtle had his best game of the year also scoring 6. Another strong game was put in by Aiden Crogan on both sides of the ball dropping in 5 points. Derek Wilkinson dropped in 12 points. James Demato had 2 points and many big rebounds. Both Ryan Flynn and Joe Romero played great defense down low while Colin Caggiano had another great all-around game. The Knicks put in a solid team effort on both sides of the ball, but could not stop the fast breaking Heat.  Leading the way offensively for the Knicks was Colin Hansbury and Eric Impink with 3 points each, followed by Nathan Petrone and Nicholas Alvarado with two points each. Crashing the boards were Eric Bellavia, Sam Ros, Liam Mcdermott with Robert Ryan and Brandon Waddell also adding some key steals.

Lakers 26 – Clippers 14
The Lakers played a great game on Saturday with their signature defense holding back the strong offense of the Clippers.  Several Lakers contributed to the scoring including Aidan Crawson (2), Will Forbes (6), Max Mattuchio (2), Lee Ghannam (4), John O'Donnell (2), Evan Silva (2), and Jacob Martel (2).  Tyler Trodden had his best scoring effort of the season with 6 points and contributed to the offense with a strong effort at point guard.  However defense, rebounds and hustle were the keys to our success on the day and DJ Bresette and Justin Darrigo played a huge role in our win.

The Clippers lost a tough one against the Lakers. They played hard despite being short 3 players and had their scoring spread between three players. Drew Nestor was hot on the foul line and contributed 5 points while there. Josh Engelken also dropped in 5 points from underneath and the foul line. Cooper Lemieux had the team’s other 4 points on some good drives to the basket. Derek Musgrave and Jonah Bennett won some hard fought battles for rebounds and jump balls. Connor Broderick and Stephen O'Hearn played great defense in an attempt to keep the Clippers in the game.

Cavs 26 – Celtics 25
The Cavs won a thriller on Saturday over a tough Celtics squad. The Cavs got out to a nice start thanks to the hot shooting of Joey Aresenault, a tough running jump shot by Alex Naghibi and a few early layups by Anthony Naghibi. But the Celtics came storming back. The Cavs tightened up on defense and James Carroll and Jack Stadtman aided the cause with some solid rebounding. Kodie Legrand battled on the boards all day long and scored some key buckets late in the third to keep the Cavs close. Tyler Leeds sank a long distance shot early in the fourth and the game came down to the last few seconds. With just under 20 seconds remaining in the game, Scott Lightburn threw a beautiful inbounds pass to a cutting Louis Mascia for a driving layup that ultimately proved to be the game winner.

Spurs 33 – Warriors 21
The Warriors turned in an outstanding team effort, led by Brady Litton, Johnny Baker, and Michael Hill worked the offense and finished the game with five points apiece. Braedon Pincher did well inbounding the ball. Alex Pace had a great game on both offense and defense. Michael Ryan, Kyle Adams and Jacob Mellen contributed with two points apiece.

Senior Division (7th & 8th grade division)

Bulls 39 – Warriors 22
The game started off pretty evenly for both team in the first half going into the break with a score of Warriors 18 - Bulls 17. Defensive and rebounding contributions came from Bobby O’Hearn, Rodrigo Coelho, Logan Gallagher and Liam MacDonald. Offensive contributions came from Rodrigo Coelho, Logan Gallagher, Dominic Cohen, Alec Sokol and Calvin Silva and Liam MacDonald. In the third quarter the Warriors had a tough go of it, losing the rebounding battles, missing multiple shots and getting into foul trouble. By the start of the fourth quarter the Warriors found themselves down 33 to 22 and their struggles continued being unable to put any points on the board in the final quarter. Scoring totals for the Warriors were Rodrigo Coelho (8pts), Calvin Silva (5pts), Dominic Cohen (4pts), Liam MacDonald (4pts), Logan Gallagher (2pts) and Alec Sokol (2pts).   

Knicks 32 – Thunder 30
The Knicks started the scoring off with Jack Balboni winning the opening tip to Tyler Demers going in for an easy two points. By the end of the first half the Thunder jumped out to 12 to 8 point lead. With seconds left in the third quarter it appeared the Thunder would take the lead into the fourth quarter when Demers hit a 3 pointer to close out the quarter tied 22 to 22. While the Thunder regained the lead as the fourth quarter began, Danny Lightfoot kept the Knicks in the game with a total of 6 points. With just over a minute left in the game, Demers (20) scored the final basket with a lay-up to preserve the win for the Knicks at 32 to 30. James Kochakian contributed 6 points, after missing last week’s game and played solid defense in the last shift of the game to help seal the win. Grabbing rebounds on offensive and defense were Jack Balboni and Gustavo Tizotti. Helping on defense with blocked shots and steals were Bricen Boudreault, Charles Matsas, Logan Reinhold and Robert Cortes.

The Thunder lost a heartbreaker in the final minutes, having lost two of their last four games by a combined 3 points.  Cam Hodgson led the way on offense and Julian Costello was a standout on the defensive end.

Spurs 31 – Clippers 29
With both teams playing on low substitutes, the Clippers came out quick on a 4-0 run. Mike Fowler (6pts, 3/3 steals and blocks) led the Spurs charge playing great basketball.  Alex Newcombe (7 pts and 3 assists) was a true team player for the Spurs. James Ministeri (6 pts and 2assists) ran the court as point guard also causing several key turnovers.  Rhen Trinidade added 4 points.  Matt Ferreira played a great defensive game with 3 steals and 3 assists slowing down the Clippers powerful offense.  Arya Mehrabani (8 pts), the high scorer for the Spurs, played a great role as the team center.  The game came down to the wire with Alex Newcombe and James Ministeri both going 2/2 at the foul line to seal the victory for the Spurs.

The Clippers started the game out slow with the Spurs fast-paced offense put the clippers in a 10 point deficit by the end of first quarter.  The Clipper's overcame a 12 point deficit by the Third quarter to take a 5 point lead.  The Clippers' scoring was led by the team's top scorer, Shawn Manson who had 16 points. Cullain Johnson added three points to go along with his aggressive defensive play and 4 rebounds.  Dylan Dufresne added a 3 point basket.  Kyle Braciska added four points and Jason Barnes added 2 points.  Rylie Auth had a sensational defensive game with eight rebounds.  The offensive rebounds got him to the foul line, where he added a free throw. The Clippers' offense was stymied by the Spurs defense in the fourth quarter and in the end lost a very close game that had three lead changes.

Lakers 55 – Cavs 39
The Lakers ran up against a hungry Cavs team who gave them all they could handle.  The Lakers started slow in the first half, eventually fighting back to take a 26-23 into the break.  Matt Rosemond keyed the first half offense, scoring 10 of his 16 points.  After the half, the Lakers found their stride, outscoring the Cavs 29 – 16 in the final 16 minutes. Ken Wilson took over the game in the final 2 quarters, scoring 15 of his 23 points.  Jack Keneally added 6 points while continuing to be a dominant defensive force.  Doug Renna added 4 points from the perimeter with great drives while running the offense and distributing to his teammates.  Ryan Fraser, Zach Wilson, and Matt Woods each added 2 points to the Laker’s effort.  Mikey Bankowski worked hard on the defensive end of the court and helped move the ball on the Lakers’ offense.  In the end, the Lakers played great team basketball and were able to survive the aggressive play of the Cavs.

Travel Division

Tewksbury 4th Grade White hosted an undefeated Chelmsford Team this past week in a game that was very competitive.  Michael Gaglione led the scoring (8 points 5 steals) followed by Luke Montejo (7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks).  Billy Burris stepped up and hit 2 of 2 from the foul line and 1 from the field to give his team 4 pts.  On the boards, Jack Baron (5 rebounds), Ben Piccolo (2 pts, 4 rebounds, 2 steals) and Zack Hayes (2 points 3 rebounds, 2 steals) all were big contributors.  At the half, 4GW trailed by 6 (13-19).   In the 2nd half Tewksbury adjusted the lines and Sam White hit a nice jump shot (2 pts, 2 rebounds) and Colby Flahive hit 1 shot from the line.   Tewksbury’s defense applied great pressure led by Cam Kearney (4 steals), Damian Ortiz (4 steals, 2 blocks) and Braydon Aylward (4 steals, 2 blocks).
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