Tewksbury 6th Grade Blue
Six Blue had a tough weekend. Saturday, January 19th they faced a tough game against Methuen. Connor Nugent was the top scorer. Fran Pino and CJ Zemetres both grabbed rebounds relentlessly. Tony Mannetta stuffed the opponent. Sean Whelton stole the ball numerous times. On Sunday, in a game against Chelmsford, Michael Rosenberg led the team with the most baskets and attempted a buzzer beater. David Miller’s strong passes and Casey DeCost’s defensive moves kept the ball moving up the court. Matthew Cahill survived an avalanche of large opponents. Matthew Perron darted up and down the court while Derek Schumaker set picks to clear his way.
Tewksbury 6th Grade White
Tewksbury 6th Grade White Travel team played 3games this weekend. First game was against a very strong Tyngsboro team that holds a 9-3 record in our division. First half saw the defense play very well, holding Tyngsboro to 20 points, first half score 20-14. Playing well on the defensive end were the forwards Lucas Frost, Connor Brincklow, Kyle Rossetti,Chad Boschetti, Jared Rizzo and Travis MacMurdo. The guards Dalton Bere,Brennan Rodgers, Vinny Hulme, Zach Tyler, Riley Frost and Joe Balboni, did agood job moving the ball up the floor using the screens and looking for the open man. The second half saw Tyngsboro extend the lead as they could not hold them down for the whole game, final score 53-34. Scoring for Tewksbury: Rizzo-8pts, Brincklow-7pts, L. Frost-4pts, Balboni-4pts, Hulme-3pts, Rodgers, Bere,Rossetti and Boschetti-2pts each.
The second game was versus Wilmington Blue, with Tewksbury looking to avenge an earlier defeat. The boys started out a little slow, struggling against the press. The forwards had their work cut out for them today as Wilmington had 2 forwards much taller and bigger than any of our forwards and they were up to the challenge. They did a great job boxing them out, causing them to get frustrated and get into early foul trouble by reaching or over the back. The first half ended 24-17, with Wilmington in the lead.
The second half saw the Tewksbury team play the best team ball of the year, moving the ball around the floor. The guards did a great job breaking the press, moving the ball up the floor with some great passes and leading to many easy baskets. Tewksbury fought all the way back to the tie the game with less than 1 minute left. The defense caused a turnover to get the ball back for the offense. Tewksbury moved the ball around to L. Frost who drove to the basket and was fouled. He calmly went to the line and drained both free throws to take the lead. The defense again caused another turnover and then Wilmington fouled Rossetti who went 1-2 at the line and Wilmington’s final shot was no good. Final score 48-45 Tewksbury. Scoring for Tewksbury: Brinklow-11pts,L.Frost-9pts, Tyler-7pts, Rizzo-6pts, MacMurdo-6pts, Boschetti-4pts, R.Frost,Bere-2pts each, and Rossetti-1 pt.
Tewksbury 5 White takes 2 out of 3
Tewksbury 5 White had a good weekend taking 2 out of 3 games. 5W started the week with a convincing 36-20 win over Windham on Saturday. On the strength of its suffocating defense which allowed only 6 first half points, 5W jumped out to a big lead and cruised from there. Offensively, 5W showed great ball movement and got everyone involved in the flow. The balanced attack was one of the finest showings of the season for 5W. Nolan Timmons led the scoring with 9 points, followed by Chris Antonelli (8), Garrett Kingston (6), Santino Garofalo (4), Thomas Barinelli (2), Nicky Iannacci (2), Evan Mantel (2), Aidan Doherty (2) and Tyler Keough (1).
After an off day on Sunday, 5W faced a doubleheader Monday morning. First up was Tewksbury 5 Red. 5W got into an early hole in the first half as the boys moved the ball very well and got plenty of quality looks but the shots just would not fall. In the end, 5W could just not match up with 5R's athleticism and ultimately fell 41-29. Antonelli led the scoring with 9 points followed by Kingston (6), Garofalo (6), Doherty (4), Max Cummings (2) and Timmons (2).
An hour later, 5W bounced back with a vengence with an impressive 31-11 win over Chelmsford. The defense outdid its effort from Saturday by holding Chelmsford to 4 first half points. Timmons led the way with 8 points followed by Antonelli (7), Kingston (6), Keough (3), Garofalo (2), Iannacci (2), Doherty (2) and Brodie Tirrell (2). When the dust settled, 5w's record improved to 8-7 in conference, 12-8 overall.
The Third game was versus Pelham Blue a team that has been playing very strong. The Boys did not start very good after that very exciting win the night before. Before they decided to meet the tenacity of the Pelham team they were down 28-9 at the half. The second half saw a few good surges by Tewksbury but the Pelham team was always up to the challenge. Final score 47-25Pelham. Scoring for Tewksbury: Brincklow-5pts, L. Frost, Rizzo, Tyler-4ptseach, R.Frost, Rodgers & Rossetti 2pts each, and Bere & MacMurdo-1pteach.
Intermediate Division Recaps
Jazz over Suns
Jazz got back into the win column on Saturday against a scrappy Suns team. The Jazz started out quick scoring 9pts in the first play period.
Leading the way on offense were Jack Callinan and Joshua Donaher both with (8pts) and some big rebounds, Ryan Meuse had (7pts) including a big three pointer.
Both Derek Wallace and Sam Fortier had (6pts) and played great at the guard position, Josh Pelletier dropped in (4pts) and pulled down 8 rebounds, Nathan Wilkinson and Pat Moge each had (2pts) and showed great hustle. Matt Pelletier pulled down some big rebounds and showed great passing skills, and once again Nick Stephens played great defense down low keeping the Suns at bay and helping to secure the victory. Final score: Jazz 43 - Suns 17.
Hornets 44 Bucks 24
The Hornets playing as a whole team again, were able to pull off the win against the tough defense off the Bucks, led by the Bucks Kyle Strong. Leading the scoring for the Hornets was Adam Hines with 12pts. followed by Brandon Coolidge and Jake Ruocchio with 8pts. each. Other scorers were Kevin Carroll, Drew Fletcher, Kyle Curtain, Justyn Lester, Logan Singleton and Andrew Lefebvre. Nick Heinze played another great defensive game.
Also Wizards -39 Thunder - 35
Sixers 23 Pistons 13
The Sixers came out strong this week on both offense and defense. David Timmons had an assist in at least half of the points scored for the Sixers this week, learning the point guard position more and more each week. Cole Kimtis had and amazing offensive game, setting himself up center key for the quick pass and shoot that resulted in 5 baskets. Danny Fleming and Ryan Fleming also had baskets for the team, 5 and 3 respectively and Dan also hit a free throw shot. James Connelly, Gautham Anoop and John O’Donnell continue to learn to guard the hoop defensively. Pouriya Mehrabani and Kyle Adams played aggressively down low on both ends of the court helping the team offensively and defensively.
T-Wolves 15 Celtics 12
The T-Wolves (7-1) pulled out a gritty win Saturday against the defensive minded Celtics; the final score was 15-12. The T-Wolves had to work hard for each point, it was a balanced attack led by Luke Maresca (6pts), Ian Maresca (2pts), Kodie Legrand (2pts), Brandon Wood (2pts), Derek Wilkinson (2pts), and a key free throw by Joey Arsenault (1pt). Abhi Ligareddy had great shot attempts and excellent rebounds. Johnny Norwood was tenacious on defense stealing many balls. Chandler Dubay and Eddie Galante demonstrated excellent hustle and handled the ball very well. The team clamped down on defense to secure the win.
The Celtics fell just short in another close defensive game against the Timberwolves. Robert Ryan, Alex Arbogast, Noah Williams and Danny Franklin kept the opposing TWolves offbalance with strong rebounding and a few steals. The Celtics offense was lead by Ryan Melo with a season high ten points and the heads up passing from Leo Strangman, Romyn Lorick, and Jeremy Perez, who also contributed two points and a solid defensive game.
Suns over Rockets
In an exciting game between the Rockets and the Suns the Suns came up victorious! The Rockets were extremely balanced on offense with four of their eight players scoring. The scoring was led by Colin Goggins who had 4 points followed by Michael Sullivan. Adam Ellegood and Marcus Canas who all had 2 points each as well. Playing good defense were Timmy Panilitas and Jack Callahan. Jack Stadtman and Shane Exilhomme played all around good games for the Rockets as well.
Bucks 21 Thunder 15
The Bucks played a highly anticipated game versus a very strong and well coached Thunder team on Saturday and the game did not disappoint. The two evenly matched teams played a back and forth game with both teams holding a slim lead at different times throughout the game. With the game tied at 15 points apiece heading into the final 4 minutes, the pressure was certainly being felt by all those in attendance. The Bucks scored 6 points during the final 4 minutes to take the hard earned win, 21-15 and improve to 6-3 on the season.
David Miller led the Bucks in scoring with 8 points including 4 points during the decisive final four minutes of the game. Miller also played his traditional tough defense in the low post collecting multiple rebounds on both ends of the floor. Dylan Paulding collected 4 points to go along with his improving point guard play and strong defense at the top of the key. Travis Cohen contributed 4 points from the center position through tough offensive rebounding and put back attempts. Aiden Crogan scored 3 points to go along with his reliable tough defense and rebounding skills which he displayed throughout the game. Trent Cutroneo showed patience throughout the game as he eagerly awaited an opportunity to display his outside shooting skills and when the opportunity final arose he sank his shot for 2 points.
Brian Carleton played effective minutes throughout the game from the guard position with tough defense and multiple impressive passes to the low post for scoring opportunities. Tristen Leslie, William Humphries and Ryan Murphy played solid minutes throughout the game and displayed tough and aggressive defense both at the top of the key and in the low post.
Raptors over Hawks
Raptors played "team" basketball today with several if not most of the Raptors taking great open shots due to the passing game. Christian Marsden led the team with 12 points the remaining points were scored by Tommy Crawford, Brady Lane ,JJ Svendsen and Cooper Frye. Today's great teamwork led to a great win. Open shots and outstanding defense by Nicholas Wilson ,Daniel Richardson and Joseph Romero finished the late play periods with a comfortable lead. Eric Bellavia was not feeling 100% today and watched the game from the sidelines still cheering his team on.
Lakers vs Mavericks
The Lakers struck first when Sean Fahey was fouled and went 1 for 2 at the line. Cam Hodgson then turned it on with 4 points of his own. Jason Martineau back from a broken bone in his arm, added 2 more as did Kalu Olu getting 2 more before the half - Lakers up 9-3. The Second half started fast and furious with both teams running. Tyler Demers and Robert Cortes kept the Mavericks big men out of the paint with great boxing out. Jason Martineau and Kalu Olu each added a pair of baskets. Patrick Rosemond and Mihir Bagul kept the speedy Mavs outside with great defense. Then shots on offense would not fall for the Lakers, Sean Fahey played fast up and down all night. Matt Rosemond as then fouled under the basket and went 1 for 2 from the line. Kalu Olu would then seal the deal for the Lakers win adding 4 more points, Lakers win 18-8.