(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the coaches and administratodss of the TBBL Travel Program.)
Tewksbury Travel Recap – Week Ending 1/15/12
Tewksbury 4th Grade Red 46 Windham 31
The Tewksbury 4th Grade Red team keeps improving each game. After several close losses early in the year, they got their first win of the season Saturday, vs Windham (46 - 31). It was a total team effort. Thomas Bradley got the team rolling in the first half by taking the ball to the hole several times resulting in easy baskets. He had 8 points, all in the first half. Greg Sencebaugh led a balanced attack by tossing in 11 points. Shane Aylward dribbled around defenders and found his way to the hoop for 10 points while Richie Markwarth slashed his way to 9 points. Alex Bueadreau,Colby Ward, Cam Hodgson and Robert Evangelista rounded out the scoring with two points each.
Matt Naughton, Noah Flemming, and Kyle Braciska held Windham in check by playing close man to man defense, and not letting up any easy baskets. Antonio Capelo set many solid screens which resulted in easy baskets for the Redmen.
4th Grade Red 32 Nashua 20
The going got a little tougher on Sunday. Tewksbury Red team played Nashua. Tewksbury lost 32 - 20. Nashua played a tight defensive game. Tewksbury started out strong and took a quick 6 - 2 lead. Cam Hodgson started the game by hitting a nice jumper from the foul line. Then Robert Evangelista and Matt Naughton hit back to back baskets. After a timeout by Nashua they settled down and tightened up the defense. Tewksbury could only manage 4 more points in the half. Tewksbury came out in the second half , played great defense, worked the ball around for open shots, but the shots just would not fall. They must have had 10 shots that rolled in and out and all around the rim but would not fall. The aggressive defense by Tewksbury got them in foul trouble. Nashua made10 of 15 from the free throw line. Tewksbury never gave up and played hard until the final whistle sounded. Richie Markwarth led the way with 7 points. He hit 3 out of 4 free throw attempts. Greg Sencebaugh chipped in with 6 points and Matt Naughton had 2.
Shane Alyward and Thomas Bradley caused havoc on defense which caused Nashua to turn the ball over many times.
Tewksbury 7th Grade Blue 32 Wilmington 27
Tewksbury’s first game of the weekend was a real nail biter vs Wilmington. Wilmington came out aggressively and established a quick 4 point lead, but heads up plays on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court from Tewksbury resulted in a lead of 8-6 just 4 minutes into the game. Ameen Kalkhoran, David Stein, Nick Zullo (4 points), Connor Dane (2 points) and Ethan Trudeau (2 points) all contributed key hoops, but Wilmington stepped up its defense late in the half. The teams battled on both ends, with Wilmington taking a 14-12 lead at the half.
The second half of the game mirrored the first half until late in the game. Tewksbury had been down 5 points, but with just 4 minutes left in the game, tenacious defense and aggressive offense by Ameen (12 points), David (6 points), Andrew Pacheco, Conner Dane and Corey Indelicato (6 points) led to a 27-27 tie with only 2 minutes remaining. Tewksbury basically shut down Wilmington at that point, stealing the ball several times and converting the turnovers into easy layups. Tewksbury won by a final score of 32-27.
Tewksbury 7th Grade Blue 34 Swampscott 31
Tewksbury faced Swampscott today in their 2nd game of the weekend. Both teams came out hustling right from the opening tip off, and the play see-sawed from end to end. The game was tied at the midpoint of the half, then Corey Indelicato (6 points) converted 2 quick back to back steals into easy lay-ups to give Tewksbury a 10-6 lead. A late rally by Swampscott tied the game at 13-13 at the close of the half.
Tewksbury came out for the 2nd half completely energized: Nick Zullo and Ameen Kalkhoran (4 points) were rebounding machines (8 and 10 rebounds, respectively), creating scoring opportunities for Ethan Trudeau (4 points), David Stein (2 points), Brendan Murray (2 points) and Andrew Pacheco (2 points). Ryan Indigaro (2 points), Quinn Conrad and Connor Dane played heads up defense and caused multiple Swampscott turnovers. Tewksbury took a 27-20 lead at the halfway mark and never looked back. They spread out the offense, with Josh Coward (7 points) driving the lane and Chris Bennett (5 points) hitting a 3 pointer. A late run by Swampscott tightened up the game, but in the end Tewksbury emerged with a 34-31 victory