Cadet Division Summaries
THUNDER OVER HAWKS
The Thunder pulled out the victory over the Hawks. The ball movement on offense was excellent, led by Nicholas Alvarado’s passing. The scoring attack was balanced getting points from 6 players: Bobby Branchaud, Matthew Duggan, Connor Griffin, Brady McHugh, Taylor Pendleton, and Aiden Trulli. Jonathan Spanos played well on defense as did Branchaud. Sam Hines was all over the defensive boards and Duggan grabbed several offensive rebounds as did Trulli. Trulli and Griffin helped seal the victory with key steals leading to fast break lay-ups in the 2nd half.
RAPTORS 24 CELTICS 20
The Celtics played a very tight defense against the Raptors. The score was close from the tip off. The Raptors had plenty of rebounds and great shots that were just not falling in. Late game strong defense lead to holding the Celtics to 20 and Christian Marsden pulled through in the last 2 minutes to give the Raptors the win with a team total of 24 points. Tommy Crawford, Brady Lane and Christian Marsden sank points while JJ Svendsen , Joseph Romero , Nicholas Wilson , Cooper Frye and Daniel Richardson had some great shot opportunities. The Raptors success was also in part of great lane defense by Eric Bellavia playing Center.
The Celtics had a solid offensive attack and held the lead for most of the game. Ryan Melo had 8 points, Jeremy Perez 6 points two of those from the foul line, and Robert Ryan added 4 points. It took all eight Celtic players putting forth their best defensive efforts highlighted by key steals from Collin Strong, Romyn Lorick, and Leo Strangman and excellent rebounding from Danny Franklin and Alex Arbogast.
BUCKS 20 ROCKETS 10
The Bucks avenged their season opening loss to the Rockets with a well-balanced victory; 20-10. The game was well played and the scoreboard reflected the effort of both evenly matched teams. The game was back and forth with both teams holding a slim lead from time to time and eventually tied through 3 periods of play. The Bucks low post shots began to fall in the 4th quarter and their defense held the Rockets scoreless resulting in the win.
Aiden Crogan made 4 straight baskets (8 points) from the low post in the final 4 minutes of the game to help the Bucks pull away late to go along with strong offensive and defensive rebounding throughout the game. Trent Cutroneo made his one basket (2 points) count as the game winner early in the 4th quarter. Tristen Leslie played his best game of the season; with 2 points as well as hardnosed defense and rebounding. David Miller continued his impressive season with 4 points from the low post and strong rebounding; Dylan Paulding rounded out the scoring with 4 points to go along with impressive play from the point guard position throughout the game.
Brian Carleton played aggressive defense from the guard position with multiple steals as well as effectively passing the ball down low for high percentage shots. William Humphries and Ryan Murphy provided the Bucks with effective minutes by playing strong defense throughout the entire game helping the team to their 4th win of the season.
Suns 24 Sixers 19
The Suns continued where they left off last week for second win in a row. With a strong defense lead by Sean Hirtle and Johan Bennett to help Suns come back from being down 7 points in the first half. The offense played their best game of the season; ball movement was great, they kept passing the ball around to find the open forwards Cody Mercuri, Nicholas Gonzalez and Robby Beggan to create shooting opportunities. Max Tyler was a force underneath at both ends of the court. Noah Rizzo and Logan Frost took control of the game by spreading the defense out that created many opportunities.
The Sixers fought tough all game, leading through much of the first half. The Suns offensive came alive in the second half. John O’Donnell and James Carroll played great defense on the top of the key, leading to many steals by the Sixers. Kyle Adams was played fiercely on the block down low getting in for rebounds on both sides and trying to set up some scoring opportunities. Rookie players Pouriya Mehrabani, David Timmons and Ryan Fleming all had baskets for the Sixers, but scoring was led by veteran player Dan Fleming with 13 points in the game.
KNICKS 14 PISTONS 13
The Knicks won their first game of the season on Saturday in a thrilling contest throughout. Thanks to baskets by Daedon Bere, Nick Polimeno and Trevor Trodden, the Knicks got off to a quick start. In their most aggressive game of the season, the Knicks grabbed several offensive rebounds that led to second chance points. The Knicks were also once again strong on defense thanks to the pressure applied and numerous steals by Jayden Donaher, Scott Lightburn, Quinn Brown and Ryan Flynn.
In the second half as the game got tighter, the Knicks continued to hustle after all loose balls. Tyler Trodden forced several key jump balls and Aidan Crawson grabbed some key rebounds. Blake Ryder chipped in by hitting a clutch and very difficult running jump shot. In the end, the Knicks were able to secure the one point victory thanks to a great team effort and contributions from all 10 players.
Lakers 23 Spurs 22
The Lakers and Spurs faced off again in another back and forth offensive/defensive battle. The Spurs struck first, then Matt Rosemond was fouled during a shot, he went to the line and was 1 for 2 of his 5 points. Cam Hodgson then made it a 3-2 game. The Lakers started to keep up with the fast Spurs on many loose ball fast breaks. Sean Fahey then scored 2 back-to-back jump shots for the Lakers. Patrick Rosemond and Mihir Bagul kept the Spurs out of the scoring zone. Matt Rosemond then added 4 more points to close out the half tied at 11-11.
The Third quarter started with Robert Cortes scoring 2 of his four points as the quarter began. Tyler Demers then pressured the Spurs offense to make some mistakes and bad shots with great defensive coverage. Robert and Cam each answered the Spurs scoring with nice baskets of their own. Cam Hodgson showed more offensive power with 4 more points. Sean Fahey added 2 more as the game came down to who wanted it more. Both teams showed great pressure with 2 minutes left with Spurs scoring again. The game ended with the Lakers escaping with a 23-22 win.
Sean Phaneuf lead the offense with 7 points. Ryan Briley scored 5 points, Ryan Day & Jared Doyle each had 4, while Sean Murphy scored 2.
The Spurs played great team defense, and just fell short at the end of this very exciting game.
76ers 36, Mavericks 10
The 76ers started off strong scoring 14 points in the first quarter and holding the Mavs to just 4. Mark Bradley, Mit Patel, Paul Manzi, Arya Membrani, Zach Hines and Adam Trudeau all lead the team in both dribbling and passing which created multiple opportunities for scoring. Logan Reinhard, Paul Manzi, Nikolas Smith, Mark Bradley, Damien Hadden and Adam Trudeau were aggressive on rebounds which helped the 76ers extend possessions and helped limit the Mavs extension of offensive possessions.
All of the 76ers played great team defense starting with Mark Bradley, Mit Patel, Dominic Cohen, Logan Reinhard, Damien Hadden and Arya Mehranbani which helped amount to the team’s 6th win of the season by the score of 36-10. 76ers scoring finished with Paul Manzi (10pts), Zach Hines (8pts), Mark Bradley (5pts), Adam Trudeau (3pts), Logan Reinhard (2pts), Mit Patel (2pts), Arya Mehrabani (2pts.), Dominic Cohen (2pts.) and Nikolas Smith (2pts.).
The Mavericks suffered their first loss of the season against the 76ers. The Mavs played hard until the very end and never gave up. Steven Nickerson and Ryan Keane scored 4 points each. Henry Pestana added another 2 points for the Mavs. Andrew Enringis had a nice block. Cullain Johnson had several steals and Nicholas Johnston lead the team in rebounds.
Warriors beat Wizards 18 -16 as comeback falls short at the end
Tewksbury 5th Grade White Splits a Pair
Tewksbury 5th grade white split its two games this past weekend. On Friday, 5W traveled up to Methuen and lost a close contest by a score of 31-24. 5W was forced to play without big man Santino Garofalo who was home sick, and that was a big blow as this game was lost on the boards and second chance points. Chris Antonelli, Brodie Tirrell and Garrett Kingston provided the offense with 7, 7 and 6 points respectively. Nicky Iannacci and Aidan Doherty each drained a hoop while Evan Mantel played tough defense to help keep the score close, but 5W would ultimately come up just short.
In typical fashion, 5W bounced back on Sunday with a big 42-26 home win over Reading Red. Tyler Keough and Antonelli were red hot scoring 13 and 12 points while Kingston poured in 7. Garofalo (4), Thomas Barinelli (3), Max Cummings (2) and Nolan Timmons (1) rounded out the scoring. 5W took control of the game early on and never looked back. The win keeps 5W’s record even at 6-6 in conference play (10-7 overall).
Tewksbury 6th Grade Blue
Tewksbury 6th Grade Blue hustled in Pelham on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Down two players as Fran Pino and Mathew Perron were out for the day, the remaining members played a difficult game that had the coaches’ veins visibly pulsing. Derek Schumaker had the first basket of the game and aggressively grabbed the ball while Connor Nugent grabbed a number of rebounds. David Miller boxed out while CJ Zemetres stole the ball several times. Michael Rosenberg had a number of solid picks while Tony Mannetta pushed the ball up the court. Matthew Cahill stole the ball and contributed 4 points to the total score of 34 to 41. Sean Whelton pushed the Pelham team members out of bounds and Casey DeCost provided an effective defense by blocking their moves.
On Sunday, Tewksbury 6th Grade Blue hosted Reading in a fast paced game where excitement got the best of the coaches who were jumping and yelling throughout. The jump rope during practice paid off as the team had quick feet. Casey DeCost offensively protected the ball, refusing to let the Reading team take it from him. Connor Nugent was the leading scorer with 8 points followed closely by Derek Schumaker and Michael Rosenberg who contributed 5 points each. Matthew Perron intercepted a number of the Reading passes by flying through the air. Tony Mannetta’s fancy behind the back dribbling and throws across the court enabled him to assist his teammates in scoring the baskets. Sean Whelton grabbed a ball that rolled off the Reading team’s back and made a quick basket. Matthew Cahill provided aggressive offense and defense, and was fouled even though he did not mean to do it, as he rolled into the other player. CJ Zemetres and David Miller provided great D-Fence by grabbing the ball from the other team as well as the rebounds. Fran Pino remains on the disabled list. (Final Score 31 to 45)
Tewksbury 7th Grade Red
Tewksbury 7 Red took a tough loss against Billerica 44 to 26. Offense scoring John Ciampa with 8, Jared Mason 6, Chris Monteneri with 6 points .Great defense from Mason Lorick, Joe Rosbreg, Cam Kelly, David Guigio, Brandon Winn, Troy Acconcia and Ben Mckay.
The team’s overall record is now 10 win and 9 loses.
JAZZ 37 - Bobcats 17
The Jazz squared off against the Bobcats on Saturday and were the hot shooting team right from the start. Once again the Jazz play great team basketball with great hustle and ball movement.
It was a game that saw every player get into the scoring column. Leading the way on offense was Joshua Donaher (9pts), Derek Wallace (6pts), Josh Pelletier, Nate Wilkinson, Sam Fortier,
& Ryan Muese all had (4pts). Nick Stephens and Jack Callinan both had (2pts) and played great D! Matt Pelletier also had (2pts) knocking down a big shot late.