Junior Division Summaries
Mavs 30 76ers 29
The Mavericks held on to beat a tough 76er squad. The 76ers started off the game strong but were only able to score 3 points against a strong Maverick defense led by Henry Pestana and Shawn Manson. By the end of the first quarter the 76ers found themselves down by 9 points. By the end of the second, the 76ers started building momentum on offense with good passing and dribbling headed by Mark Bradley, Mit Patel, Dominic Cohen, Arya Membrani and Logan Reinhold. The 76ers finished the second quarter by scoring 8 points but were unable to cut into the Mavs lead.
The 76ers turned up the defense in the third quarter only allowing the Mavs to score 2 points. Nikolas Smith, Logan Reinhold, Damian Hadden, Zach Hines and Adam Trudeau were aggressive on rebounds which helped the 76ers extend possessions and helped limit the Mavs second shot attempts. The 76ers finished the third quarter with 12 points taking the lead by 2 points.
In the fourth quarter the 76ers started out strong by scoring 4 point extending the lead but were unable to hold off the Mavs late fourth quarter drive led by several key steals by Devin Stoddard and with great rebounding by Nicholas Johnston, Paul Tower and Jared Gray the Mavs by the score of 30-29. Leading scorers for the Mavs were Steven Nickerson with 12 points and Ryan Keane with 10 points. Andrew Enringis (6) and Cullain Johnson (2). 76ers scoring finished with Adam Trudeau (11pts.), Zach Hines (8pts), Nikolas Smith (4pts.) Mark Bradley (4pts) and Logan Reinhold (2pts.). Great job guys!!
Warriors 23 Wizards 18
The Warriors got back to their winning ways with a great effort against a big Wizards team. The Warriors were strong out of the gate with baskets down low from Jack Kennealy (2 points) and Alec Strangman who got 2 of his 6 points in the opening set.
John Shreenan added another with Alec in the second quarter to take a 10-6 lead into half time. As always, defense was a Warrior strength as Streetej Digmarthi was a monster on the ball at the point of attack, while Julian Costello closed down the outside, and Mikey Bankowski clogged up the Wizards passing lanes. Tyler Strong hit some big jumpers for his 4 points, continuing his hot hand this season while also contributing mightily on the defensive end. Kyle Scrooc (6 points) and Lucas McFadyen (1 point) continued their leadership and game maintenance from the point guard position, distributing the ball to their teammates and driving to the hoop drawing fouls and getting to the line.
Alden Lentz took it to the opposing guards on defense, and hit a big jumper from the foul line near the end of the game to close it out. A great team effort by the Warriors against a very tough Wizards team
The Wizards played a strong game and held the lead going into the 4th quarter. Diego Montiero had his best game of the season with 6 points and a number of offensive rebounds. Harrison Graczyk had 6 points while directing the offense. Ian Tacey and Colin Fullerton had 2 points each. The team played hard throughout the game with Ryan Hunt setting some great screens that led to scoring opportunities. Robbie Kimtis led the team in assists with great passing. Logan Teixiera, William Andella, Connor McFadyn and Jason Donaher all played solid defense. The Wizards continue to work hard and improve each week.
Lakers 26 vs Spurs 14
This week's Junior match-up was the Spurs vs. the Lakers, two very powerful teams. It took a little while for the Lakers to get moving after the Spurs struck first, then Cam Hodgson, Kalu Olu and Tyler Raschella (with his first 2 points of the season) made it a 6-6 game. The Spurs countered with 4 more then Patrick Rosemond hit a nice open court shot to cut the lead to 10-8 which was the half-time score. At the break the Lakers got their instructions and took over the game.
The Lakers Defense then turned it on with great steals and blocked passes by Robert Cortes, Sean Fahey, Mihir Bagul and Shane McDonald. The offense took over with Cam Hodgson, Kalu Olu and Jason Martineau each adding 2 points a piece. Then Tyler Demers poured in 6 points making it a 20-10 Third Quarter lead. The Lakers kept it going with Cam, Kalu and Shane McDonald (with his first 2 points of the season) scoring. Matthew Rosemond anchored the fourth quarter defense and kept the Spurs from scoring any big points, and the Lakers went on to win 26-14.
Clippers vs. Celtics
The Celtics dropped a tough game in overtime against the Clippers 14 to 8. Giving up substantial height in the paint the Celtics took a two point lead into the final minute of regular time only to see the Clippers tie it up in the waning seconds. In overtime the Celtics fought hard but could not find the net. Scoring to the Celtics where Nathan Jones with 4 points, Matthew Ferreira and Jacob Bragg with 2 points each. Strong rebounding by Cameron Lamoureux paired with great defensive efforts by Robert Chisholm and James Reardon kept the game close. Playing great all round games with several steals and rebounds were Derek Munroe and Patrick Killion.
Tewksbury 5th Grade White Splits Two
Tewksbury 5th Grade White had another good week, splitting a pair of games to move to 3-2 in league play (7-3 overall). On Tuesday, the team traveled to Lowell to face one of the toughest teams in the conference. 5W did not back down from the challenge and came out playing inspired basketball. 5W showed what they could do and went to halftime tied at 22. The running style of Lowell eventually took its toll in the second half and 5W would go on to lose by a score of 58-41. Chris Antonelli led the offense with 19 points including 4 3-pointers. Also scoring was Santino Garofalo (7), Max Cummings (4), Garret Kingston (4), Tyler Keough (3), Thomas Barinelli (2), and Brodie Tirrell (2). Aidan Doherty and Nicky Iannacci helped the cause with some nice assists and by being very active on defense.
On Saturday, 5W bounced back with a big 38-22 win over Wilmington. 5W got a lot of good looks early in the contest but shots were just not falling, but 5W was still able to control the game with its suffocating defense. Eventually, the points came allowing 5W to maintain a comfortable margin throughout. The scoring attack was balanced as Antonelli (10), Kingston (6), Keough (6), Evan Mantel (6), Nolan Timmons (4), Barinelli (4), and Garofalo (2) provided the points.
Tewksbury 7th Grade Red
Tewksbury 7th Grade Red lost a close game against Billerica 45 to 37. Leading the scoring was John Ciampa with 14
Jared Mason, David Giuggio and Brandon Winn chipped in with 6 points each. Stand outs defensively were Ben McKay and Joe Rosberg. The loss drops 7 Reds overall record to 5 wins and 5 loses.
Intermediate Division Summaries
Jazz 38 Bobcats 29
The Jazz played great team Basketball Saturday to help beat a talented Bobcats team. The Scoring was pretty well spread throughout, Nate Wilkinson 8 pts, Jack Callinan, Pat Moge, & Ryan Meuse all had 6 pts, Both Josh Pelletier and Derek Wallace had 4pts. Rounding out the offense for the Jazz was their new comer Joshua Donaher with 2 pts.
Nick Stephens was once again all over the boards with many rebounds and Matt Pelletier had another good defensive game and a few shots that just didn’t fall. Great effort by all!
The Bobcats went up against a tough Jazz team and came up short. Steve Wilson with 8 points and Jon Raschalle with 6, led a balanced scoring attack by the Bobcats as Nick Pereira, Matt Fronduto, Matt Boudreau, Nick Borges, and Jon Mahoney also landed in the points column. Andrew Froio and Nick Brooks created a number of scoring opportunities with several steals between them.
Thunder 31- Celtics 23
The Thunder and Celtics waged a hard-fought battle this week, with the Thunder coming out victorious, 31-23. Nick Catizone led the way in scoring for the Thunder, with Nick Chinappi also scoring the Thunders first three-pointer of the season! Patrick Dunn, Ryan Joyce & Alex Kelleher rounded out the scoring. Andrew Ferreira & Evan McCarthy contributed key rebounds and defense, while guards Derek Leffler, John Nowell and Jason Molea ran the offense and defended the perimeter with great success
The Intermediate Celtics are coming together as a team but unfortunately took a tough loss against a very good Thunder team. Leading the way in scoring was Nathan Ell (8pt), Evan Wood (5pts), Jeff Moore (4pts), and Joey Schifano (4pts). Following up the scoring was Jimmy Strickler (2pts). Outstanding performances were turned in by Ryan Smith, Kyle Burris, Ryan Anderson, and Jarryd Hickey.
Wizards 41 Bucks 14
It was a tough loss for the Bucks with the Wizards just giving a total team effort in their win. For the Bucks Jake Dillon was the leading scorer with 4 points. Chris Dami scored his first hoop of the season and was strong on the boards. Also scoring was Derek Stienbrecker, Jake Winter, Cam Grace and Kyle Strong all with 2 points each. Giving a great effort on the defensive end and on the boards were Josh Winter, Cam O’Hearn, Jason Richardson and Raymond Humphrey.
Hornets over Suns
The Hornets emerged victorious over a game Suns squad Saturday, 29-9.
The Suns played good defense. Bradley Denis worked his skills and scored 2 baskets. Jake Durant and Chris Zdinak each scored 1 basket. Ryan Bennet, Dylan Franko and Anthony Miano pushed the ball up the floor hard to create good offense. Mathew Dugan, with a swift foul shot was quick on his feet.
It was a good team effort by all.
Cadet Division Summaries
SUNS 14 KNICKS 9
The Suns won their first game of the season by playing excellent team basketball. Defense was outstanding led by Will Forbes, Johan Bennett and Sean Hirtle. Robby Beggan and Nicholas Gonzalez played great at both ends of the floor; offensively they found the open spots to take a shot. Noah Rizzo was the lead scorer. He and Logan Frost were solid bringing the ball up and leading the offense. Cody Mercuri took control of the middle around the basket and Max had several “big time” blocked shots.
The Knicks jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead thanks to a basket by Trevor Trodden and their first made free throw of the year by Ryan Flynn. The Suns responded with a few baskets of their own, but the Knicks continued to battle especially on the defensive end. Quinn Brown played tremendous defense slowing down the Suns fast break and Aidan Crawson, Daedon Bere and Blake Ryder controlled the boards for the Knicks. Blake alone accounted for at least 10 rebounds. The Knicks tightened the game up with a tremendous steal and layup by Nick Polimeno who also contributed several clutch rebounds. The Knicks had a few scoring chances late in the game thanks to great passing from Scott Lightburn and Tyler Trodden, but they couldn’t capitalize.
BUCKS 16 SIXERS 9
The Bucks played their most complete game of the season on both ends of the floor and defeated the Sixers 16-9 for their second win of the season.
Dylan Paulding was the game's MVP and received high praise from both teams' coaching staffs at the end of the game. Dylan, playing the point guard position in place of one of his injured teammates, was tenacious on both offense and defense throughout the entire game. Dylan recorded 7 steals and consistently passed the ball down low to his teammates for high percentage shots to go along with 2 points of his own.
Aiden Crogan debuted his point guard skills for the first time this season and ran an effective offense for the Bucks second unit. Aiden calmly dribbled his way through the defense and dished to his open teammates for good scoring chances to go along with 2 points and an impressive number of defensive rebounds.
David Miller (6 points) was the recipient of the majority of his team's highly effective point guard play while playing through a bruised knee of his own. Trent Cutroneo, who through hard work in the low post, scored his first 4 points of the season. Travis Cohen (2 points) rounded out the scoring for the Bucks to go along with his multiple offensive and defensive rebounds. William Humphries played his best game of the year through high energy defense including multiple steals and a blocked shot. Tristen Leslie and Ryan Murphy also contributed to the win with hard working defense and rebounding.
The Sixers fought to the end trying to close the gap. Fierce defense from all Sixers players kept the Bucks to scoring only 8 baskets. Gautham Anoop and John O’Donnell did a great job guarding the middle. Kyle Adams and Cole Kimtis had many attempts at baskets and guarded down low through-out the game. David Timmons and Pouriya Mehrabani played great defense the entire game, always on the ball. Ryan Fleming and Dan Fleming scored all the hoops for the Sixers this game. Dan had more fast breaks than we could keep track of, stealing the ball from the Bucks multiple times. Super team work and intense play continue to improve this young team.
RAPTORS 34 T-WOLVES 24
A slow start spoiled the day on Saturday as the T-Wolves were defeated by the Raptors 36-22. The T-Wolves were held down by the Raptors defense early, only to battle in the second half behind some nice drives by Ian Maresca (10pts) and Luke Maresca (8pts). The lead was cut to six with some great baskets by Derek Wilkinson (3pts), and Brandon Wood (1pt). The score stayed close until the end behind solid team defense by Johnny Norwood, Chandler Dubay, Kodie Legrand, and Eddie Galante. A valiant rebounding effort by Abhi Lingareddy and Joey Arsenault helped, but the T-Wolves were outmatched in the end.
The T-wolves and Raptors were neck to neck until the last play period with the Raptors pulling away for the win. Raptors practiced all defense before the game and proved to be successful early in the game. Eric Bellavavia, JJ SVendsen, Daniel Richardson, Nick Wilson and Jake Pelletier did an outstanding job on defense. Raptors offense was lead by the Big three Tommy Crawford (15 pts) , Christian Marsden (14pts), Brady Lane (7 pts) . JJ SVendsen, Jake Pelletier and Eric Bellavavia had a few great open shots. Great Team work seems to be the success of the Raptors.
ROCKETS OVER HAWKS
The Rockets were shorthanded without their inside presence of Colin Goggins and Marcus Cannas along with guards Jordan MacKenzie and Shane Exilhomme but were able to overcome their limited roster by outscoring the Hawks. The Rockets were able to get three players in the scoring column with Adam Ellegood scoring for the second game in a row and Tim Panilitas scoring his first basket of the season! Michael Sullivan was the leading scorer for the Rockets with 18 points while also making several excellent passes sharing the basketball on offense. Both Jack's, Stadtman and Callahan, had several shots at the basket but came up just short and were just one roll away from getting into the scoring column. Daniel Sullivan stepped in and provided good defense and ball handling for the Rockets as well. Jack Callahan, Daniel Sullivan and Jack Stadtman crashed the boards for the Rockets at both ends of the floor. Tim Panilitas played an exceptional all around game for the Rockets and was named player of the game for them on this day.
Albie Bosworth made two quick steals for the Hawks early to keep the game close. Albie got off a great shot that missed the rim by just a bit. Johnny Baker had 3 open shots that just could not find the bottom of the net. Sean Connolly played some great team defense, which turned out to get him a shot that bounced off the rim rolled around and just fell out.
Johnny Ragucci continued his torrid pace leading the team in scoring with 6 points. Christian Smith scored a basket after an NBA level crossover and drive to the hoop. Christian also scored 2 points from the foul line. Michael Hill continued his scoring pace, adding a basket to the effort. Brady Litton was outstanding on both defense and offense, earning defensive player of the game recognition. Michael Carlson took 2 shots from outside the paint. Michael Carlson also played his best game this season. William Eskenas was able to get open for many shots and stole the ball to keep a layup from the rockets off the scoreboard. Both teams played great and all were seen smiling at the end of the game.
THUNDER 16 CELTICS 12
Despite a strong finish, the Celtics came up short in this exciting game which had plenty of up and down the court action. Leo Strangman powered the Celtics offense with strong passing to set up the Celtic scoring from Jeremy Perez 6 points, Ryan Melo, Romyn Lorick and Robert Ryan each contributed 2 points each. The defense was led by the dominating rebounding of Danny Franklin, Noah Williams, Collin Strong and the quick hands of Alex Arbogast who had a key steal late in the game.
The Thunder captured their 3rd victory of the season over a tough Celtics team 18-12 led by Aidan Trulli scoring 8 points. Brady McHugh added 4, Matthew Duggan, Connor Griffin, and Sam Hines each had 2. Bobby Branchaud led the team in assist consistently setting up teammates for quality open shots. Nicholas Alvarado had a solid game on boards. Joshua Maher and Jonathan Spanos contributed with solid defensive efforts.