T-Wolves 27 – Thunder 20
The T-Wolves (5-1) continued to their winning ways by holding off the hardworking Thunder; the final score was 27-20. The T-Wolves had to turn on the defense after the lead was cut to only 3 in the second half. The scoring was led by Luke Maresca (12pts), Ian Maresca (6pts), Derek Wilkinson (4pts), Abhi Ligareddy (4pts), and Kodie Legrand (1pt), who dropped in a free throw to complete the scoring. The team’s defense was strong throughout led by Joey Arsenault and Eddie Galante forcing many turnovers helping the T-Wolves secure the victory despite playing with only seven players.
The T-Wolves jumped out to an early 7-2 lead and grew the margin to 11 (23-12) before the Thunder put together and 8-0 run to get within 3 but the T’Wolves held on for the 27-20 victory. Brady McHugh & Aiden Trulli lead the Thunder offense with 8 points each with Bobby Branchaud and Connor Griffin each adding 2 points. Nicholas Alvarado, Sam Hines, Joshua Maher, and Jonathan Spanos all played solid defense to keep the game close. Trulli also led the team in rebounding and Griffin led the team in assists.
BUCKS OVER KNICKS
The scoring leader for the Bucks was Trent Cutroneo with 8 points from his patented jump shot; David Miller continued to develop his low post game with 4 points and Brian Carleton chipped in with 3 points including the first made free throw of the season for the Bucks. Dylan Paulding, Travis Cohen and Tristen Leslie played an outstanding all around game with multiple defensive steals,blocked shots and rebounds to go all with assists and multiple shots on the offensive end of the floor.
The Knicks fell to the Bucks despite their best defensive game of the year. The Knicks guards once again applied great pressure on the ball throughout. The Knicks were led in steals by Daedon Bere and Jayden Donaher. In a game that points were hard to come by, Blake Ryder and Aidan Crawson did their best to limit the Bucks scoring chances by grabbing several strong rebounds and loose balls. The Knicks tried to mount a comeback thanks to several steals from Quinn Brown, Scott Lightburn and Tyler Trodden. The Knicks eventually got on the scoreboard thanks to free throws by Nick Palomino and Trevor Trodden, but their comeback came up a little bit short in the end.
SIXERS OVER HAWKS
The Sixers outlasted the Hawks for a shorthanded victory. The Sixers jumped out early only to see the Hawks battle back to within 1 before they closed out the game with a 4-0 run for the 16-11 win. Bobby Branchaud helped seal the victory with key assists in the 2nd half. Brady Lane led the Sixers in scoring with 8, Connor Griffin had 4, Cole Kimtis and Brady McHugh each had 2. Pouriya Mehrabani played solid defense throughout blanketing the Hawks players.
Michael Carlson led the charge for the Hawks with his shutdown defense and two great shots. The whole gym heard a loud swoosh after Albie Bosworth nailed a basket from the top of the key. Michael Hill had a strong game making a couple of good drives to the basket, scoring the basket and getting fouled for the chance at a 3 point play. Johnny Baker had a basket and played some great defense. Christian Smith played well on both offense and defense scoring baskets and stealing a couple of passes on defense. William Eskenas was everywhere on the court passing, shooting, driving to the hoop, taking shots and covering his man on defense. Johnny Ragucci had many rebounds and put backs for baskets as well as a handful of blocked shots. Sean Connolly got off 2 great shots and had 2 great rebounds. William Eskenas was named defensive player of the game.
Suns 12 Pistons 4
This was huge week for the Suns; their team play was the best thus far. The defense was as solid as it could be led by Sean Hirtle and Robby Beggan, under the basket Johan Bennett and Will Forbes attacked the boards grabbing many rebounds. The offense did a great job moving around to get open that helped the passing game. Nicholas Gonzalez hustled on both ends of the court especially on offense when other players needed help. Logan Frost and Noah Rizzo started the scoring early and distributed ball all around. Max Tyler continued his strong play in the middle blocking shots and making baskets.
Celtics 16 Rockets 6
The Celtics took control of the game with an explosive second quarter led by the scoring of Ryan Melo with 8 points, Jeremy Perez and Leo Strangman with four points each. Alex Arbogast, Robert Ryan and Romyn Lorick led a strong defensive stand with 5,4 and 3 steals respectively with Noah Williams and Danny Franklin rounding out the defense with strong rebounding.
Mavericks 30, Clippers 17
The Mavericks beat the Clippers 30 to 17. Scoring for the Mavs was led by Steven Nickerson with 12 points. Ryan Keane and Andrew Enringis contributed 6 points each. Jared Gray, Nicholas Johnston and Shawn Manson scored 2 points each. Ryan Keane and Shawn Manson also had several assists. The Mavs defensive effort was led by Cullain Johnson, Henry Pestana, Devin Stoddard and Paul Tower. In the third quarter, Cullain Johnston made a great steal. Steven Nickerson and Jared Gray were strong on the broads throughout the game. A great team effort to lead the Mavs to victory!
Celtics 18 - Wizards 8
The Celtics came away with an 18-8 victory Saturday against the Wizards. The first half of the game was fairly even with a tie score at the half. In the second half the Celtics found their groove and slowly pulled away. Playing great team ball and passing well were Jacob Bragg and Liam MacDonald.
Pulling down several rebounds both offensive and defensive where Patrick Killion and Derek Munroe. A strong defensive performance was put in by Nathan Jones. Scoring for the Celtics where Robert Chisholm and Matthew Ferreira with four points each. James Reardon was the Celtics high scorer with ten points.
Spurs 28 Cavs 20
The Spurs were led by Sean Phaneuf with 20 points, and baskets by Ryan Briley, Sean Murphy, and Jared Doyle. Michael Kelleher, Dylan Dufresne, Ryan Rosenberg, and Kyle Breen shined on defense.
Salem 43 Tewksbury 5 White 22
Tewksbury 5 White traveled up to Salem on Saturday and lost a hard fought battle 43-22. Tewksbury was already shorthanded with 2 key players unavailable for the contest. To make matters worse, top scorer Chris Antonelli was forced from the game due to illness at halftime. Playing shorthanded is never easy but this is especially true when you face the undefeated Blue Devils in their gym. Despite the circumstances, Tewksbury gave a maximum effort and battled hard until the final horn.
Despite leaving the game early, Antonelli still led the team in scoring with 8 first half points and Tewksbury was in the game at the break, but Salem opened things up in the second half. The remaining offense for Tewksbury came from Tyler Keough (4), Nicky Iannacci (3), Max Cummings (2), Santino Garofalo (2), Aidan Doherty (2) and Brodie Tirrell (1). Thomas Barinelli and Evan Mantel showed good hustle on both ends of the floor.
Tewksbury 6th Grade White
Tewksbury 6 White travelled to Reading to play in the Fundamental Tournament. They played 2 games first one vs. Stoneham. The boys came out strong with a full court press, leading to many turnovers by the Stoneham team. Leading the attack in the front court were Joe Balboni, Riley Frost, Zach Tyler, Dalton Bere, Jared Rizzo and Lucas Frost who worked hard trapping causing turnovers, steals and resulting in easy baskets up the other end.
Protecting deep were Connor Brincklow, Kyle Rossetti, Chad Boschetti and Vinny (boom, boom) Hulme.
They stepped in front of many passes, jumped in to double team when needed and stopped the ball when Stoneham was able to break the press. Offensively the team moved the ball well, switching the floor with passes and protecting the ball.
Offensively it was Tewksbury’s best game. Final score 46-17 Tewksbury,
The second game was versus Wilmington White. Once again the team started strong with the full court press, leading to lots of turnovers and transition baskets. Tewksbury scored 50 points and won big, 50-7.
After winning the 2 games versus teams in their division, Tewksbury moved on to the Semi Finals vs. Methuen White.. Tewksbury started out slow and struggled against their press, allowing some easy baskets by Methuen and resulting in an 18-12 halftime deficit.
The second half things started to click both on offense and defense as a team. The press break worked much better leading to some open shots and defensively Tewksbury began making stops.
They second half ended in a flurry of opportunities to win the game, but Tewksbury was able to tie the game and head to overtime! In overtime both teams had plenty of opportunities, but a Methuen jumper ended up being the difference. Tewksbury had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but the shot bounced off the rim. . Final score Methuen 27-25,