TBBL Roundup: Heat Rolls Over Celtics, Clippers Stop Warriors
Feb 09, 2016 06:59AM
By Bill Gilman
Cadet Division (2nd grade)
Eagles vs Minutemen
The Minuteman played their best game of the season this week. The team did an outstanding job playing together as team, which helped lead the boys to victory. The team scoring came from Emecka Olu and Jason DiPalma. Payton Haines, Cole Doherty and Mateus Fraga all did an exceptional job with passing and defense.
The Eagles played a great all-around game with passing, dribbling, rebounding and shooting. In the first half the Eagles displayed great defense led by Brian Donnelly, Dylan McNelley, Noah Sederquist and Brady Schofield and Mikey Colameta. First half scoring contributions came from Ben Panilaitis and Brandan Cohen. In the second half the Eagles stepped it up on defense only allowing the Minutemen to score 8 points and with offensive contributions from Mikey Colameta, Noah Sederquist and Brady Schofield the Eagles closed the gap against the Minutemen. The Eagles were able to establish offensive pressure with scoring opportunities and rebounding which helped extend plays but the ball would not fall in. They displayed a great team effort in the game.
Junior Division (3rd & 4th grade)
Bulls 27 – Lakers 20
Tough defense led by Ryan Thompson, Jake Civiratese , Jason Morris and Quitin Kelley kept the Lakers in the game in the 1st half. The Bulls were able to contain the Lakers leading scorer to 2 points. The scoring for the Lakers was led by PJ Civiratese with 6 points. Jason Mitchell and Ryan Thompson each had 4 points. Cameron Thompson contributed 2 points. Nick Kearney and Aiden Kelley both had 4 steals a piece.
Celtics 22 – Spurs 20
The Celtics edged a tough Spurs team in overtime in one of the most exciting TBBL games this season. It was a close game throughout with many great shots, steals, defensive plays and rebounds by both teams and ended with Adam Saad sinking the final shot in overtime and the Celtics hanging on for the win. The Celtics defense and rebounding were led by Santino D'Ippolito, William Fillmore, Alex Grove and Danny Holmes. Adam Saad led the Celtics in scoring with 8, Ryan Saad with 6 and Seamus Naughton, Jimmy Maloney, Jimmy Holmes and Alex Almeida each had 2 points.
Intermediate Division (5th & 6th grade)
Lakers 27 – Cavs 13
The Lakers had a great game Saturday with several players scored including Will Forbes (2), Justin Darrigo (1), Lee Ghannam (10) and Tyler Trodden(2). Jacob Martel got two nice baskets while splitting point guard duties with Evan Silva who had one basket and several key passes. Aidan Crawson, DJ Bresette and John O'Donnell played great defense and got a number of rebounds. Max Mattuchio came up big a number of times for the team on both offense and defense and had his highest scoring game with 6 points.
Kodie Legrand got the Cavs into the scoring column early with a nice driving layup after receiving a beautiful pass from Louis Mascia. Alex Naghibi kept it going with a tough bank shot in traffic and the Cavs were hanging tough. Tyler Leeds and Scott Lightburn chipped in with tough defense and strong rebounding while Anthony Naghibi added 5 points to the cause with a two baskets and a free throw. After trailing at the half, the Cavs came out aggressively in the third with James Carroll controlling the boards and Jack Stadtman adding some rebounds as well. Joey Aresenault scored on a contested drive to the hoop that got the Cavs a little closer, but they were never able to quite catch-up.
Heat 32 – Celtics 23
Leading the offense for the Heat was Aiden Crogan with 12 points. Also contributing to the offensive attack were Derek Wilkinson (10 pts), Ryan Flynn (6pts), and Alex Johnston & Sean Hirtle (2 pts each). Joe Romero had a great game right from the start with incredible hustle and he also had 2 pts. Ed Gallant had many good scoring chances but it just wouldn't fall in. James Demato had another solid game on both sides of the court scooping up a lot of loose balls.
Clippers 42 – Warriors 24
The game started off with both teams trading steals. Jacob Mellen made several blocks and had several rebounds. Johnny Baker made several drives to the hoop and handled the ball well. Dylan Crowley had a stellar performance and finished with two points. Braedon Pincher fought through several picks to play shutdown defense. Michael Hill had a couple of nice drives to the hoop and finished with two points. Brady Litton was all over the court scoring 13 points. Kyle Adams was a force to be reckoned with finished with four points to steals and five rebounds. Alex Pace continues to wow the audience with his outstanding defense. Michael Ryan made several passes and finished with four points and five rebounds.
Spurs 37 – Knicks 26
The Knicks fell to the spurs in this exciting game between two tough teams. The offensive rush was led by Eric Bellavia with 7 points, Brandon Waddell added 6, Robert Ryan and Nicholas Alvarado contributed 4 each, Eric Impink and Colin Hansbury netted two and Billy Erickson added one point from the foul line. Sam Ros came away with two key steals, and Nathan Petrone and Liam McDermott defended the net with strong rebounding.
7th & 8th grade division
Spurs 35 – Warriors 26
The Spurs got on the board with Alex Newcombe (10 pts) pushing the ball up court all game with good ball control and passing. Mike Fowler (4 pts) was the defensive leader (4 steals and 3 blocks) forcing the Warriors to play from the outside. James Ministeri (2 pts) team up with Rhen Trinidade and Matt Ferreira (4 pts each) with good passing and ball control to slow down the Warriors offensive power. Arya Mehrabani was the point leader with 11 points and several rebounds to help give the Spurs the victory.
The Warriors started off the game playing great all around basketball with good passing, fighting for rebounds and making shots. With offensive contributions from Logan Gallagher, Liam Macdonald, Derek Munroe and Calvin Silva, the Warriors went into the break leading by a score of 16-14. In the second half the defense of the Spurs held strong making it very difficult for the Warriors on offense. Even with scoring from Dominic Cohen, Gavin Thomasset and Logan Gallagher the Warriors could not overcome the second half offensive push from the Spurs. Scoring totals for the Warriors were Liam MacDonald (8pts), Gavin Thomasset (7pts), Logan Gallagher (5pts), Calvin Silva (4pts), Dominic Cohen (2pts) and Derek Munroe (2pts).
Clippers 43 – Celtics 42
The Clippers offense started out fast with Riley Auth who had 12 points in the first half and finished with 15. Shawn Manson led the scoring with 16 points. Dylan Dufresne added 5 points while Josh Linnehan contributed 4 points. Cullain Johnson added 2 points and two rebounds. The Clippers defense was tested in the second half by the Celtics surging offense. Riley Auth and Mike Kelleher controlled the boards with 5 rebounds each. Jason Barnes was steady on defense with timely steals to halt a couple of Celtics’ fast breaks.
Knicks 50 – Heat 44
The Knicks tipped off this past Saturday against the Heat, the only unbeaten team left in the senior division. The teams played to a 14-14 tied at the end of the first quarter, with the Heat ending the half with a 2 point lead 21-23. At the end of the third quarter the Knicks had built a six point lead. Shortly after the final quarter began the Heat regained the lead, but the Knicks turned up the defense and was able to retake the lead and pull out the win. Leading the scoring for the Knicks was James Kochakian with 19 points. Jack Balboni (12), Tyler Demers (6) Gustavo Tizotti (5) Logan Reinhold (4) Danny Lightfoot (2) and Charles Matsas with two free-throws all added to the Knicks’ scoring. Making several big stops on defense was Bricen Boudreault. The Knicks were solid on the foul line hitting 16 of their 29 shots to seal the win.
Lakers 44 – Thunder 42
The Lakers started very slow, and could never quite get into their normal defensive groove against a tough Thunder team. The Lakers found themselves trailing at the break after they struggled for the first half. Nothing was working for the Lakers, and their usual standouts were stymied by the hardworking Thunder. However, demonstrating a great team effort 7 of 8 Lakers contributed points to sneak out the win. Matt Rosemond was solid with 13 points, while fellow point guard Doug Renna added 10, including several crucial drives. The Lakers big men, Jack Kenneally and Ken Wilson gave solid performances with 6 and 7 points each respectively. Mikey Bankowski helped slow the Thunder on the break, while Zach Wilson continues to make big contributions on the defensive end, also adding 2 points of his own. Ryan Fraser continues to drive the Lakers with his unending effort on defense, also adding a bucket. Matt Woods added 4 points to the scoring effort as well. The Lakers were lucky to sneak out of the Wynn with a win this Saturday!
The undermanned Thunder lost another heartbreaker in the final minutes to the 2nd place Lakers. The Thunder have lost three of their last five games by a combined 5 points. Cam Hodgson, Aiden Lefler and Owen Gilligan led the way on offense with contributions from Julian Costello, Justin Flynn and Devin Stoddard. Jack O'Neill was a standout on the defensive end.
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).