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Another great week of basketball...

Great games up and down the schedule last weekend.  Remember that if you would like to submit pictures of your son playing basketball to be included in this blog post, please send them to TBBLPictures@gmail.com including a description of who is in the picture and what level they are in.  A select number of photos will be added to these posts.

Cadet Division

Celtics 16- Rockets 6  

The Celtics won a hard fought game against the Rockets.  The game was close into the second half and the C’s were able to pull out the victory led by Noah Williams twelve points.  Alex Arbogast added four points and eleven rebounds.  Collin Strong played a strong all-around game with two points, six rebounds and an assist.  Other Celtics dishing out assists were Matthew Flynn (2), Cade Barron (1), and Adam Saad (1).  Daniel Franklin and Dominic Johnson each pulled down two big rebounds, while Carter Forbes continues to play excellent fundamental defense forcing a number of turnovers.

The Rockets continued to struggle offensively as a result of strong defense played by the Celtics. The Rockets were led on the defensive end of the floor by Seamus Naughton, Jayden Trudeau and Jimmy Holmes. Timmy Panilaitis, Brandon Waddell and Daniel Sullivan all did a good job rebounding on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Liam Kelley did a good job passing and getting some open shots as did Colin Buchanan who had some good shots on offense again this week as well. Adam Ellegood did a nice job bringing the ball up the court and making good passes that let to open shots and scoring opportunities. Tim Panilaitis played an all-around good game leading the team in scoring with four points while Daniel Sullivan chipped in with the other two points making a buzzer beater to end the second quarter.

T-Wolves defeated the Pacers

The T-Wolves probably played their most balanced game of the season as they won their sixth game of the season against the young and scrappy Pacers.  After the T-Wolves built an early lead, the tenacious Pacers battled back but the T-Wolves defense held them off for the victory.  The T-Wolves were led in scoring by Ian Maresca (12 pts), Colby Flahive (4pts), Kodie Legrand (4pts), and Edward Galante (4pts), with great additional attempts by Colin Hansbury and Noah Healey.  Stellar defense was the rule throughout the day with a couple of exceptional blocks by Chandler Dubay.  Likewise, harassing defense at the guard position, exemplified by David Forgione, Jason Morris, and Evan Galanis, kept the Pacers from making a charge late in the game and allowed the T-Wolves to hold on for the victory. 

The young Pacers team put up a good fight against the T-Wolves.  The Pacers offense was led by Billy Burris with 4 points who also had a buzzer beater at the end of game.  Timmy LePore (2 points), Drew Rennell (2 points) and Jack Rennell (2 points) completed the scoring for the Pacers.  Defensively all over the ball with multiple steals were Cam Kearney, Ian Starr, Jacob Martell and Alex Grove.  Off the bench with some incredible passes and assist were Drew Nestor and Ryan Thompson.  The Pacers showed a lot of heart finishing strong in the end with lots of passion.

Thunder 24 – Hawks 16       

The Thunder was victorious over the Hawks 24-16.  The Thunder defense was solid from start to finish led by strong play from Paul Allen, Jason Forbes, Cameron Heichman, and Joshua Maher.  The offense struggled against the tough Hawks defense but Connor Griffin led the team in assists finding open teammates.  The scoring was led by Brady McHugh with 10, Connor Griffin and Nicholas Alvarado each had 6, Andre Monteiro added 2.  Andre Monteiro also had another strong game on the boards at both ends of the floor and McHugh had another solid all-around game.

The game started off with the Hawks and Thunder trading baskets. William Eskenas opened the scoring for the Hawks with a nice outside shot and finishing with 6 points.  Albie Bosworth was a monster on both offensive and defensive rebounding and getting off some good shots. Jack Baron continues to impress the coaches with his aggressiveness and very good inbounding of the ball. A.J. Russo  played shut down defense to stymie his opponents. A.J. also had a nice rebound and shot.  Nicholas Ingersoll had 3 rebounds which led to either great passes or nice shots.  Michael Hill had several steals and added 6 points in his best showing this season. John Bakers displayed solid ball handling and passing skills as well as 2 nice shots. Michael Carlson had a highlight reel drive to the hoop, off balance shot and "swish" to finish with 4 points in the game. Nicholas Ingersoll was named the outstanding rebounder of the game.   

Knicks 27 – Suns 19

The Knicks won a very high scoring game against the Suns on Saturday. Ryan Flynn led all scorers with an impressive double digit performance while Blake Ryder, Tyler Trodden, Jayden Donaher, and Scott Lightburn all contributed on the offensive end. In addition to scoring, Ryan, Blake, Jayden, Scott and Tyler continued to shine on the defensive end as well. The Knicks jumped out to a comfortable lead, but found themselves in a tie game late in the third. However, the Knicks were able to extend their lead once again thanks to strong defensive pressure from Quinn Brown and Joey Bourgea. Quinn had several key steals and a nice assist late in the game that helped put the Knicks on top for good. Matt Stadtman and Seamus MacDonald played solid on both ends of the floor and grabbed some key loose balls for the Knicks. Santino D’Ippolito also continued to play strong defense for the Knicks. Late baskets by Ryan and Blake put the game out of reach as the Knicks ultimately outlasted a feisty Suns team.    

The Suns and the Knicks battled hard on Saturday.  It was a back and forth game throughout with the Knicks pulling out a 27-19 victory.  The Suns came back on three different occasions to tie the game.  Andrew Estabrook earned the Suns Game Ball with 3 key steals.  Noah Rizzo and Anthony Burgess combined for 15 points & several successful “Give & Go” plays.  Sean Hirtle hit a key basket, and contributed several steals.  Ben Piccolo delivered a basket down low to help tie the game.  Jonah Bennett powered our rebounding efforts, while Jake Ryan pushed the offensive tempo.  Alex DelloRusso continues to be the “right time right place” guy on the team.  Robbie Beggan, Nicholas Gonzalez, and Ryan Mackeen led the intense Suns defense. 

Pistons 18 – Sixers 10   

The Pistons had a strong outing this week with a win over the Sixers.  Great ball handling by guards, Matthew Tramonte, Tim Bradley (4 pts), Nick CiCioccio (2 pts), Vincent Marchelletta (4 pts) and Matthew Ramsey kept the Pistons in control of the ball.  Forwards, Jared Krueger, Morgan Dunham, Simon Dunham and Aaron Ramsey were powerful under the net and came up with the rebounds when they needed it.  Several steals by Simon Dunham were crucial in maintaining the Pistons lead.  Centers Cooper Lemieux (6 pts) and Shea Moynihan (2 pts) made their presence known under the basket with lots of great shots and good rebounds.  It was an overall great performance by the Pistons.

The Sixers shots didn’t fall this week like they wanted.  Many attempts made by Pouriya Mehrabani and Kyle Adams, playing down low, Pouriya had one shot fall for 2 points.  Nathan Jolly, Sam White and Nick Foster had some great assists.  Assists were fed to Ryan Fleming who scored 8 points.  Braydon Aylward, John O’Donnell and David Timmons gave the Pistons a challenge with their defensive attack.  Joey Fiorino and Owen Kinnon both continue to attack the ball at the 3 point line defensively and help to open lanes offensively.

Bucks 20 – Raptors 12   

The Cadet Bucks took on a very hungry Raptors team looking to pick up a win on a very snowy Saturday afternoon. The Bucks needed a tough defense and timely scoring to pick up a hard fought victory, 20-12. The Bucks were led in scoring by Brian Carleton (8 points), Tristen Leslie (6), and Scott Miller, Noah Lehouillier and Brendan Owens (2 points each). The Bucks were able to utilize a very aggressive rebounding game to gain multiple shot attempts throughout the game; however, the baskets simply would not fall and every point was hard earned due to the aggressiveness of the Raptors.  The Bucks defensive effort was effective throughout the game limiting the Raptors to one shot attempt on most trips down the floor. Standout efforts were recognized by Leslie, Miller and William Humphries; who each had multiple rebounds throughout the game. Carleton, Owens, Aiden Cram and Ian Shpritzer provided their consistent lock down defense by each collecting multiple steals throughout the game. Ryan Murphy also contributed on the defensive side with multiple block shots from the center position.

The Raptors had tremendous energy going into the game, which they knew they needed against the strong Bucks team.  It was a close game throughout but in the final 4 minutes the Bucks pulled away with a few baskets.  Jason Svendsen lead the scoring for the Raptors with 7 points and hit some key outside shots.  Eric Bellavia 3 points, Anthony Naghibi with 2 points, not only did they help with the scoring but they also pulled down some offensive and defensive rebounds.  The defensive is what helped keep the game in check as we had our lead stealers Michael Gaglione and Peter Impink move in to intercept several passes which helped lead to scoring chances.  Connor Broderick and Luke Montejo did great in the paint on the defensive side as they boxed out to capture multiple rebounds.  Zachary Hayes and Lucas Adams contributed on both ends of the court and assisting on a few scores.  Three games remain for the Raptors and they will continue to battle and never give up.

Junior Division

Mavericks 20 – Spurs 9 

The Spurs came to play today looking for a win but the Mavericks had other plans. It would be a well-played game by the Spurs players but they would not be able to overcome the excellent play of the Mavericks. The Spurs would see some nice defensive plays made by Daedon Bere , Charles Matsas, Joshua Linehan and Trevor Trodden. Point scorers for the Spurs were Dylan Dufresne with 4 points, Matthew Woods with 2 points and Kyle Breen with 2 points plus 1 free throw. Offensive assists went to Samuel Hines, Brady Litton, and Ryan Rosenberg.

Leading in scoring for the Mavs was Mark Olu and Nick Johnston with 8pts, Derek Wilkinson 6pts, & Henry Pestana with 3 free throws.  Another strong defensive game from Paul Tower, Cullain Johnson, and Josh Engelken . Alex Johnston had some big rebounds and Jordan Mackenzie played great at the guard position.

Warriors 25 – Cavs 14

The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead behind early baskets from Sean Kaiser (8 points) and Ryan Melo (4 points) and were able to sustain their strong play all game.  Luke McFadyen led the team with a double-double (13 points and 11 rebounds) and Julian Costello had his best game of the season with 5 strong rebounds.  Sreetej Digmurthi had a great game passing the ball (2 assists).  The defense was led by the quick hands of Dylan Crowley and Will McFadyen while Bryan Doherty and Travis Cohen grabbed big rebounds to put pressure on the Cavs.

Lakers 27 – Wizards 24

Scoring started slow for the Lakers with Robert Cortes netting 2 of his (4 pts) in the 1st Quarter. Second quarter picked up the pace with Lakers scoring 9 points including Mike Wilson (2 pts), and Nick Polimeno (4 pts), with 2 perfect free throw swishes. Lee Ghannam was all over the hoop only to be denied, Sean Fahey (13 pts), 5 in the 2d Quarter giving the Wizards a 14-11 half-time lead.  Second half was just as crazy and intense. Defense became the Lakers game.  Mihir Bagul, Jack Stadtman, James Ministeri (2 pts), and Abhi Lingareddy (2 pts) were stealing and rebounding any which way they could to keep the Wizards from scoring. Nick Wilson showed true hustle with multiple steals and fast breaks.  Sean Fahey would add 4 points late to help the Lakers secure the win of this exciting game!

The Wizards had 6 players scoring in the game led by Ethan Exilhomme and Dave Miller with 8 and 7 points followed by Connor McFadyn, Logan Teixiera, Jonny Norwood and Colin Goggins. Colin Fullerton, Nathan Norwood, Will Forbes and Jason Donaher played tough defense throughout the game. The Wizards jumped out to an early lead but the Lakers proved to be just a little too strong down the stretch.

Celtics 24 – Sixers 21

The Sixers made a tremendous comeback in the 4th quarter but fell short by 3 points. Nicholas Danielson started the offensive scoring rush for the Sixers with a great heads up pass under the net to Logan Reinhard who converted that pass to two points.  Leading the scoring was Eric Ndungo with 8 points and a double blocked shot, Logan Reinhard was next with 5 points, Nik Smith added 3 points and a team high 9 rebounds, Damien Hadden and Robert Ryan added 2 points each while Cole Kimtis rounded out the scoring with 1 point.   Aidan Crawson turned in another excellent defensive game.  Paul Spanos and Jonathan Spanos contributed a good defensive effort.

Intermediate Division

Jazz 46 – Suns 45

The Jazz held on Saturday to beat a very talented Suns team in the final seconds.  Scoring for the Jazz was Josh Donaher with 14points, Derek Wallace with 11 points, and Nick Stephens with 10 points including the game winner with only seconds left.  Ryan Meuse had 7 points, while both Nate Wilkinson and Matt Ferreira added 2 points. Shawn Manson and Matt Pelletier played their best defense of the year. Mike Bankowski just missed a few good shot attempts and showed great hustle.

The Suns offense and defense were a strong force and the game was ultimately decided at the last shot and final second.  The game was kept close with the tenacious offensive and defensive playing led by Ryan Bennett, Matthew Dugan, Jack O’Neill, and Christopher Zdinak. The Suns players who scored were: Sean Whelton, Anthony Miano, Willam Andella, Phadungdet Kaeokit, Harrison Graczyk, and William Mance.

Bucks 49 – Wizards 25

The Bucks put in their best all-around effort of the season so far in a big win over a tough Wizards team.  Team scoring was spread around the whole team with Jake Dillon scoring 13 and Jake Winter with 11 points.  Also hitting the score sheet was Jason Richardson with 8 points, Riley Auth with 7 points. Rounding out the scoring were Josh Winter, Pat Rosemond and Michael Kelleher all with 4 points followed by Kyle Braciska with 2 points. Cam Grace was big for the Bucks under the glass with multiple block shots and rebounds that lead to fast break points. All the boys had a great game at both ends of the floor for a great team win!

The Wizards came out and played a tough first half of basketball with offensive contributions from John “JP” Murphy, Matt Perron, Sean McMahon, Nick Cappiello and Xavier McShane. Defensive pressure was generated from Alec Sokol, Owen Gilligan, Rich Cappiello, and Dominic Cohen. In the second half, the Wizards were slowed down on offense by the Bucks defense, which created turnovers and led to the increase in scoring opportunities. The Wizards displayed great rebounding and passing throughout the game but were unable to comeback from the increasing lead of the Bucks in the third. All players played a great game.

Hornets 48 – Bobcats 31

Hornets came out to a fast start lead by Zach Hines who scored 13 points. Logan Singleton poured in 10 points while Andrew LeFebvre and Adam Hines each added 8 points. Zach Hines hit a 3point shot with 1 second left at half to extend the lead.  Defense was strong by Mike Fowler, Gustavo Tizotti, and Cam Hodgson.  The rebounds were strong on offense and defense by Justyn Lester and Jake Ruocchio.

Heat 44 – Celtics 33

The Heat jumped out to an early lead and was able to hold off the Celtics, who outscored the Heat in a strong second half.  The Heat was led offensively by Daryl Quek who had a solid game, scoring 15 points and pulling in 9 rebounds.  Steven Nickerson, 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Diego Monteiro, 9 points and 10 rebounds, each also had outstanding games.  Chris Blimberg (4 points), Brian Ndungo (4 points) and Jared Gray (2 points) rounded out the scoring for the Heat.  Ian Tacey had another great defensive game forcing many tough shots and limiting the number of Celtics second chances, as 8 of his 9 rebounds were on the defensive end.  Pranav Hari and James Reardon each also contributed with lots of hustle and good defense.

Senior Division

Timberwolves 55 – Rockets 51

T-wolves displayed great teamwork.  Trevor Breen, 5 pts and Tim Patterson, 14 pts. We had some slick passes and ball handling.  Adam Deveau, 8 pts ran the court very quickly, he was passing and working hard for every basket.  Mikey Sarno, 6 pts had 3 great baskets. Mikey Lambert, Andrew Pacheco, 2 pts., Bradley Richardson and Chris Chiccarelli, 3 pts. (An awesome 3 pt. shot) demonstrated some good defense and several assists that contributed to our victory.  Joshua Tirrel scores quickly and skillfully getting 17 pts. All my boys performed great teamwork and have improved with every game. Great job by all, Keep having fun boys.

Magic 58 – Bobcats 48

The Bobcats and Magic played a back and forth game on Saturday. Nick Heinze and Jarryd Hickey got the Bobcats going early to help push them to an early lead with a couple of key baskets. Danny Carter helped to anchor the guards defensively, and also threw in a deep jump shot of his own. Josh Snyder and John Kenney grabbed some huge rebounds to spark some fast break opportunities and baskets by Mike Flynn. The Bobcats fell behind in the third quarter, but a couple of clutch free throws by Ryan Nickerson helped to keep them within striking distance. In the fourth quarter Dave Pesantes and Damian Dugan pressured the ball relentlessly to try to mount the comeback win. After a few steals and baskets from each, the Bobcats fell short and the Magic came out on top.

The Bobcats played hard the first half and took an 8pt lead. The Magic players woke up in the second half lead by Cam Carmichael who scored 17 of his 21 points in the third quarter.  The other high scores were David Stein (12 pts), Kyle Strong (11 pts) & Corey Indelicato (8 pts).  The Bobcats made a big fourth quarter come back, but ran out of time. It was a well-played and fun to watch game. 

Hornets 45 – Sixers 20

The Hornets matched their lowest offensive production of the season but in the end they were victorious capturing their eighth win of the season. Defensively, they were very strong allowing the lowest points against this year. Leading the team with 12 points was Center Robert Page who carried the team early as they struggled to find their shots. Ben Connors and Matty McLaughlin both came alive late in the game, each putting in 8 points to put distance between them and the opponent. Following in points were Leo Frisella and Brendan Murray (4 points each), as both dribbled around the Sixer’s defense to the basket. Daniel DeRosa’s defense set up a 3  pointer by Nolan Higgins,  and linemates Derek Steinbrecher, Nick Borges, and Sam Fortier all had 2 points as they worked together to dominate when they were on the floor.

Baskets were hard to come by for the Sixers today, with only five players scoring.  Nick Zullo led the way with 8; Elijah McTiernan had 5, Bryan Lelos 4, Raymond Humphrey 2, and Nick Catizone 1.

Blazers 56 – Bucks 39

Travel

Sixth Grade White

The 6th Grade White team moved to 8-2 in Merrimack Valley play with a couple of wins over Wakefield and Dracut over the weekend. Against Wakefield, the Redmen jumped out in front 8-5 as Thomas Barinelli (7 pts) and Joey Branchard (7 pts) drove to the basket through a tough Wakefield defense. Wakefield came back attacking the Tewksbury defense. Colby Ward (10 pts), Aiden Doherty (8 pts) and Santino Garafalo (2 pts) sank shots late in the first half with Tewksbury holding a slim 20-18. The teams traded baskets to start the second half with Rob Evangelista and Jason Martineau controlling the boards. Max Cummings (2 pts) drove strong to the basket for a tough hoop with 5:32 left in the game, Tewksbury down 28-25. The Redmen would not be denied upping defensive pressure late in the game as Sean Phaneuf (2 pts), Evan Mantel (2 pts) and Anthony Disanto (1 pt) sank key free throws, Tewksbury rallying for a 41-33 win. In the Dracut game, Tewksbury jumped out in front 10-6 as Evan Mantel (6 pts), Colby Ward (2 pts) and Anthony Disanto (2 pts) made shots against a tough Dracut zone defense. Jason Martineau, Aiden Doherty and Sean Phaneuf made nice defensive plays in the first half to hold Dracut scoreless for almost six minutes and Max Cummings (5 pts) hit a couple of jumpers at the end of the first half, the Redmen holding a 14-9 lead. Santino Garafalo (4 pts) controlled the boards as the second half started, but Dracut cut the Redmen lead to 22-18. The Redmen fought back and extended their lead as Rob Evangelista (4 pts) made a lay-up on a great pass from Thomas Barinelli (2 pts), Tewksbury leading 28-20 with 4:42 left in the game. The Redmen played great down the stretch with excellent fast break passing as Joey Branchaud (9 pts) made lay-ups for a hard earned 34-24 victory

Sixth Grade Red

Tewksbury 6 Red had another strong showing this week finishing with a 2-1 record in division play. The week started off on Thursday night as 6 Red traveled to Methuen to play the undefeated division leaders. 6 Red was looking to avenge a 22 point defeat earlier in the season. From the outset, the energy level was there and 6 Red sent the message loud and clear that the Rangers would have to earn this victory. The teams battled back and forth and went to the break with Methuen holding a slim 18-15 lead. The second half was more of the same with neither team able to establish a comfortable lead. 6 Red fought hard before ultimately falling 40-36. Chris Antonelli was the leading scorer with 11 points followed by: Garrett Kingston (7 pts); Thomas Bradley (6 pts); Greg Sencabaugh and Richie Markwarth (3 pts); and Shane Aylward, Paul Manzi and Colby Brown (2 pts).

6 Red looked to bounce back Saturday with an early morning trip to Andover to face the Gold team. 6 Red struggled defensively early and found itself trailing 31-30 at intermission. But then the sleeping giant was awoken. In the first 8 minutes of the second half, 6 Red went on a 29-8 run to take total control of the contest and then cruised to a 70-52 victory. Aylward and Manzi were the leading scorers with 10 points each followed by: Bradley, Brown and Tyler Keough (8 pts); Kingston and Antonelli (7 pts); Sencabaugh (5 pts); Markwarth (4 pts); Nolan Timmons (2 pts) and Nicky Iannacci (1 pt).

6 Red ended the week on an even higher note Sunday with a dominating home 56-23 victory over Westford Gray. 6 Red used its suffocating press to jump out to a big lead and never looked back in this one. For the second game in a row, all 11 players scored but more importantly, every player played tough defense and made great passes to set up their teammates. Timmons topped all scorers with 9 points followed by: Antonelli and Keough (8 pts); Kingston (6 pts); Markwarth, Bradley and Manzi (5 pts); Brown (4 pts); and Aylward, Iannacci and Sencabaugh (2 pts).

When the dust settled, 6 Red found itself in second place with a division record of 8-3 with a big game against Tyngsboro looming next weekend.

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