Tewksbury 8th Grade Blue
Tewksbury Blue tipped off Friday against Lexington. Both teams started out at a very fast pace, but the Redmen defense was fierce. Steals by Andrew Pacheco (2 steals), Brian Lelos (2 steals, 2 steals, 3 points) and Josh Terrell (10 points, 3 steals) were converted into points by David Stein (8 points, 5 rebounds), and Brendan Murray (8 points). The Redmen opened a quick 14-4 lead and never looked back. Lexington’s scrappy play and strong outside shooting closed the gap to 20-11, but Tewksbury defense shut them out in the last 3 minutes of the half, and Redmen led at halftime 26-11.
Tewksbury slowed the pace to start the 2nd half, while Jon Fuller (13 points, 11 rebounds) controlled the boards on both ends of the court. Matty McLaughlin (6 points, 3 steals) and Ethan Trudeau (6 points), drove the lane to widen Tewksbury’s lead to 15 points. Nick Zullo (5 points) and Connor Dane (2 points, 4 steals) helped the Redmen maintain a 15 point margin in spite of some Tewksbury foul trouble. Tewksbury won by a final score of 60-41.
A short-handed Tewksbury Blue squad took on Saugus on Sunday. The Redmen took a quick 8 point lead with some early hoops by Josh Terrell (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Matty McLaughlin (7 points), but Saugus quickly rallied to close the gap to 2 points. Jon Fuller (8 points, 6 rebounds) converted 2 offensive boards into points, Brian Lelos (6 points) added some nifty drives down the lane, and Ethan Trudeau (3 points) hit from the outside to give the Redmen another double digit lead. Saugus played Tewksbury more evenly
in the latter part of the half, and Tewksbury led 28-23 at halftime.
The 2H opened with quick hoops by Connor Dane (4 points) and David Stein (6 points, 7 rebounds) and the Redmen lead reached double digits once again. Brendan Murray (2 rebounds) forced some Saugus turnovers, and Andrew Pacheco (4 points) hit from the outside. Every time Saugus trimmed the lead to 6 or 7 points, Tewksbury dialed up the intensity and expanded the lead back to double digits. In the end Tewksbury proved to be too much for Saugus, winning by a final score of 50-39.
Tewksbury 5th Grade White Wins a Pair
Tewksbury 5 White had a very nice weekend sweeping its two games in Merrimack Valley League play. On Saturday, 5W traveled to Wakefield to battle their White team and 5W came out on top 39-14. Despite outstanding ball movement, 5W's shooting woes continued in this game but the team was able to battle through by fighting for loose balls and rebounds to extend their possessions. The defense continues to shine as they suffocated the Wakefield team, allowing only 7 points each half. Chris Antonelli led the team in scoring with 9 points on three 3-pointers while Garrett Kingston worked his magic for 8 points. Also scoring for 5W was Aidan Doherty (6), Santino Garofalo (4), and Max Cummings, Nolan Timmons, Nicky Iannacci, Evan Mantel, Tyler Keough and Brodie Tirrell each adding 2 points.
On Sunday morning, 5W played host to a red-hot Andover team that was riding a 6 game winning streak. This was a back-and-forth affair but 5W maintained their composure and opened up a late lead and would ultimately win the game 37-30. Kingston put the team on his back and willed them to victory with 14 hard-earned points. Thomas Barinelli and Timmons each added 5 points with both players scoring a nifty old-fashioned 3-point play. The remaining offense came from Antonelli (3), Garofalo (3), Cummings (2), Iannacci (2), Tirrell (2) and Keough (1). 5W's record continues to move in the right direction and is now 10-7 in conference play and 14-8 overall.
Tewksbury 6th Grade Blue
Tewksbury Boys Basketball 6th Grade Blue took part in the Martin Luther King Day Tournament. During the first game, they were not distracted by the orange socks and laces of the Billerica White team or the dancing referee. Matthew Cahill sunk the first basket for the team. An injured funny bone could not stop Matthew Perron from moving the ball up the court with a double weave between the opponents. Derek Schumaker refused to let go, resulting in multiple jump balls. Top rebounders were CJ Zemetres and Connor Nugent. Sean Whelton should be charged with a felony for so much stealing. Casey DeCost quickly recovered from a ball to the face, although we are not sure the blood stains will come out of the jersey. Tony Mannetta tore up the court and grabbed the rebounds. Michael Rosenberg and David Miller provided a strong offense and defense.
During the second tournament game on MLK Day, the TBBL 6th Grade Blue had a thrilling 43 to 18 victory over the Billerica Hornets (who wore their yellow socks up over their knees). Connor Nugent led the team with 12 points, while David Miller sailed the ball into the basket. Michael Rosenberg set a number of strategic picks for the team, while Casey DeCost had a roll and Derek Schumaker grabbed the rebounds. Matthew Perron perfectly executed the moves learned in practice and reset when necessary. Tony Mannetta grabbed the ball and threw it up 3/4ths of the court to his teammates. Matthew Cahill was a stealing, rebounding machine. The smile could not be wiped off Sean Whelton’s face, even when fouled upon as he then made the foul shots for the team. CJ Zemetres never lost steam and continued to grab rebounds up to the final seconds.
TBBL Sixth Grade Blue challenge Reading (28 to 46)
Still down one man as Fran Pino remains out due to injury, the Sixth Grade Blue fought hard on Reading’s courts, December 22, 2012. Matthew Cahill was on fire, leading the team with 7 points, all scored during the second half. Tony Mannetta was close behind, including one basket made shooting backwards. David Miller quickly stole the ball a number of times, handing it off to Sean Whelton to push it up the court.
Derek Schumaker rock and rolled each time he grabbed the ball from the other team. CJ Zemetres was intense on both defense and offense. Matthew Perron forced the other team out of bounds with his quick moves and refusal to back down. Michael Rosenberg had a strong defense by boxing out the Reading players and getting the rebounds throughout the game. Casey DeCost magnetically caught the rebounds on both ends of the court and Connor Nugent kept putting the ball back up.
Celtics 46- Bucks31
The Intermediate Celtics came away with a 46-31 win against a very good Bucks team in a hard fought game. Every player needed to step up to get the win and they all did. Leading the way in scoring was Nathan Ell exploding for 15pts. Follow up scorers were Joey Schifano (11pts), Evan Wood (8pts), Jeff Moore (6pts), Jarryd Hickey (2pts), Kyle Burris (2pts), and Jimmy Stricker (2pts). Outstanding all around performances were turned in Ryan Smith and Ryan Anderson.
In a high scoring game that in the end saw the Celtics just have too much scoring in the second half and win 44-31 over the Bucks. Leading the way in scoring was Kyle Strong with 12 points as well a good defensive game. Also hitting the score sheet was Jason Richardson with 6, Jake Winter with 4, Cam O’Hearn with 3 and Derek Stienbrecker, Cam Grace, Josh Winter all had 2 points each. Coming up big on offensive and defensive boards were Chris Dami, Raymond Humphrey and Jason. Dishing out the assists were Jake Dillon, Kyle, Jake Winter and Derek all with strong aggressive play.
Suns 32 Bobcats 25
It was a great game. The Suns showed good sportsmanship and 100% effort. The Suns played very well as a team. Mathew Dugan scored the first basket of the game, scored 4 pts total, Jay Gandhi scored 4 pts., and Mike Sarno scored 4 pts. as forwards. Dylan Franko, guard, scored 6 pts. Bradley Denis, center, scored 8 pts. Guards Chris Zdinak, 2 pts. and Ryan Bennet 4 pts. Better passes and good ball handling by all the boys. Both teams played aggresive but from the beginning the Suns held onto the lead.
Wizards – 31 Hornets- 29
Another tough game but the Wizards mount a comeback after being down all game by double digits. The Wizards came soaring back in the final 2 minutes to overtake a solid Hornets team and win by two.
Jazz 45 Thunder 29
Jazz came out shooting on Saturday and never let up. It was an entire team effort on both sides of the ball.
Cadet Division Summaries
RAPTORS 20 THUNDER 15
It was a close game during the last play period with a final score of 20 to 15 IN the Raptors's win over the Thunder. It took our players giving 110% to win this match. Each player did an amazing job both on defense and offense. This win was special for Christian Marsden as he was playing for a very special person. Christian Marsden,Tommy Crawford and JJ SVendsen combined baskets for the Raptors. Brady Lane , Jake Pelletier and Nicholas Wilson played outstanding defense throughout the game. Joseph Romero,Cooper Frye and Eric Bellavia had the ball for great open shots.
The Thunder came up just short against a tough Raptors team. The team defense was stifling led by strong efforts from Nicholas Alvarado, Joshua Maher, and Jonathan Spanos. Sam Hines was all over the boards on both ends of the floor. Taylor Pendleton helped the offense go picking up 2 assists and setting solid screens to free up teammates for shots. The consistent ball movement kept everyone involved in the offense flow and 5 players broke into the scoring column: Connor Griffin (6), Aiden Trulli (4), Bobby Branchaud (2), Brady McHugh and Matthew Duggan (1). The Thunder trailed 16-7 before closing the gap with a 6-0 run to make it 16-13 but the Raptors hung on for the 20-15 victory.
BUCKS OVER PISTONS
The Bucks (7-3) played a very strong game on both end of the floor against a tough Pistons team leading to a well-deserved victory. The Bucks had scoring plays as well as strong rebounding and defense including multiple steals and blocked shots by all players on the floor throughout the game leading the their fifth straight win and seventh win overall on the season. The Bucks received scoring plays from Aiden Crogan (8 points; including 4 straight successful free throw attempts), David Miller (4), Brian Carleton (4), Dylan Paulding (2), Trent Cutroneo (2), and Tristen Leslie (2). Travis Cohen and Ryan Murphy played with high energy and aggressiveness under the basket from their center positions with multiple rebounds on both ends of the floor and blocked shots on the defensive end. To go along with his improving offensive game, William Humphries played solid defense throughout the game from the guard position continuously stopping the opposing guards from driving to the basket.
CELTICS 18 SIXERS 14
Sixers played a tough team this week that has a very good record. We stood our ground for sure. Dan Fleming pulled down most of our baskets this week with 6 drops in the hoop, one that was definitely in 3 point range. Cole Kimtis fought strong for a rebound and put in back up on the boards for the other 2 points. James Carroll really stepped it up defensively this week, sticking to the man with the ball like glue. Pouriya Mehrabani and Kyle Adam are both learning to pop-out from the forward position to help pass the ball around. Ryan Fleming and David Timmons continue to develop the 1 and 2 positions and work together to get the ball up the floor and find someone open to get the ball to. John O’Donnell and Gautham Anoop were both both stepping up defensively, keeping their eye on the movement of the ball and going after it when need be.
T-WOLVES 17 ROCKETS 13
After a sluggish first quarter, Brandon Wood got things going in the 2nd with a picture perfect shot that was all net. Derek Wilkinson scored a fade away shot off the glass that was another patented shot,that Derek has perfected. Wood scored another basket with defensive players hanging all over him before Wilkinson was fouled and he sank the second free throw. At the end of the second quarter the T'Wolves were in the lead 10 to 5.
During the third quarter they went into a scoring slump, but everyone played solid defense. At the end of the third quarter the score was 11 to 11. In the final quarter Chandler Dubay scored an amazing basket that was all net and Johnny Norwood added two baskets to seal the win.
The Rockets were led by Colin Goggins in this matchup who scored a team high six points, followed by Michael Sullivan's three and Jordan MacKenzie and Tim Panilitas who both contributed two point each. Goggins was also a monster on the boards with contributions from Sullivan and Jordan MacKenzie as well. Adam Ellegood and Jack Callahan did a great job catching and finding Goggins inside to collect a couple assists each as well. The Jack's, Stadtman and Callahan, did a real nice job on the defensive end of the floor along with Daniel Sullivan all game long. Michael Sullivan, Adam Ellegood and Jordan MacKenzie all did a good job handling the ball fo teh Rockets on offense. Tim Panilitas scored his first basket of the season on a great shot that kept the Rockets in the game late, but they were unable to come all the way back on this day.
HAWKS 8 KNICKS 7
The Knicks lost 8-7 on Saturday in one of the most exciting games of the year. Playing shorthanded, the Knicks exerted all their energy in an attempt to secure their second win of the year by playing tremendous defense throughout the game. Led by Quinn Browns (2 steals), Ryan Flynn (3 steals) and Tyler Trodden (2 steals), the Knicks made it difficult for their opponent to score. Blake Ryder, Trevor Trodden and Aidan Crawson once again controlled the boards by grabbing countless rebounds on both ends of the floor.
The Knicks were led offensively by Trevor Trodden (4 points) and Blake Ryder (2 points). Jayden Donaher also scored his first point of the year by sinking a key free throw. The offensive highlight of the game for the Knicks was a beautiful pass from Aidan Crawson to a streaking Blake Ryder that resulted in an open layup. However, despite playing one of their best games of the season, the Knicks came up one point shy in and lost a heartbreaker in the final minutes of play.
Both Teams played solid defense. The score was close the whole game. Sean Connolly set the tone with some great hustle tracking down a rebound and making a great pass away from the Knicks. Christian Smith scored the first basket for the Hawks after driving to the hoop, getting his own rebound and putting it back for the basket. Johnny Baker was solid playing the point guard in the first quarter getting the ball to an open player for an open shot.
Michael Carlson was like lightning on the court chasing after the ball, defending the hoop and transitioning to offense. William Eskenas had nice drive to the hoop, he was fouled , the basket was good and he made the foul shot for the 3 point play. Albie Bosworth scored what ended up being the winning basket. Michael Hill made a great play saving the ball from going out of bounds and getting it to a Hawks player. Brady Litton took on the challenge to cover the Knicks center. He played him tough on defense and making the Knicks center work very hard the whole game. The Hawks outlasted the Knicks who played a solid game themselves.
Lakers Edge Cavs
It was a defensive battle from the beginning, with the Cavs smothering defense. Robert Cortes got the Lakers on the board with 2 points. The Cavs kept their defense all over the Lakers. Kalu Olu was then fouled and went 1 for 2 at the line. He would then add 2 more and go 1 for 2 again after another foul. The Lakers defense was up to a challenge on their side with Kalu Olu having 3 blocks, Matt and Pat Rosemond along with Mihir Bagul and Shane McDonald each producing multiple steals and great rebounding. The half ended Cavs 12, Lakers 6.
The Lakers started the 2nd half real fast with Tyler Demers and Sean Fahey each scoring 4 points and Jason Martineau with 2 points. Cam Hodgdon was smothered all game by the aggressive Cavs defense and kept out of the scoring but played hard all game. The 4th Quarter was fast and frantic for both teams each trading baskets for the lead. Kalu Olu would then add 2 more and go 1 for 2 from the line to escape with a win, 19-18 Lakers.
The Junior Cavs played a well fought game on 1-26. The team played great offence and defense. The team kept the score close, losing by 1 point and have been improving every game. Jack O'Neill and Will Mance paced the scoring with 6 points each.
Celtics vs. 76ers
The 76ers played a strong game on both ends of the court against a good opponent. Mit Patel, Paul Manzi, Zach Hines, Logan Reinhard and Adam Trudeau all scored in the first half to take a 22-10 lead. Dominic Cohen, Arya Mehrabani, Paul Manzi, Mark Bradley, Damien Hadden and Logan Reinhard’s assists and rebounds helped extend offensive plays giving everyone multiple opportunities for scoring. The 76ers played great defense starting with Logan Reinhard, Damien Hadden Adam Trudeau and Arya Mehranbani which helped limit the Celtics extension of offensive possessions. Arya Mehranbani, Adam Trudeau, Dominic Cohen, Mark Bradley, and Zach Hines all scored in the second half which contributed to the 76ers 8th win of the season by the score of 37-16.