Basketball | CAS Round 8 vs Knox
“Trinity show great resilience and grit to get over Knox in a thrilling contest.”
The Firsts exacted revenge on perennial rival Knox Grammar, defeating them 66-62 to put their CAS Premiership hopes back on track in a thrilling contest that had plenty of twists and turns for the Greens right down to the final seconds.
Trinity began sensationally by jumping out to a 13-0 lead early in the first quarter through smothering defence and some great finishing from Deonte Williams (12Yo) which included a crowd pleasing two-hand throw-down. James Andrews (11La) was also instrumental with his excellent defence and finishing on the break to see the Greens lead by double-digits (16-5) at the end of the opening period. Concern for Trinity was the injury to rim protector Theo Kidd (12WJ) who was a force on the defensive end who had to leave the game with a rolled ankle.
Jayden Woods (11Ar) led the charge in the second period grabbing some big offensive boards and nailing a ‘3’ from deep to see Trinity’s lead extend out to 16 points. Jamie Christopoulos (12Ar) kept Trinity’s defence wall going, grabbing big defensive rebounds, before he too went out with a rolled ankle, leaving Trinity very short in the ‘bigs’ department. Inspiration off the bench was what Trinity needed and this came in the form of James Arthur (11WH) and Jesse Edwards (9WH) who drilled a couple of triples from beyond the arc with Arthur’s coming right at the end of the second quarter to see Trinity lead at the half (35-27).
With Trinity missing some key men, Knox began to cut into the lead, but Trinity were in for the fight showing great resilience, with Hayden Johnson (12WH) nailing a big basket from deep and Edwards and Andrews again finding the bottom of the net from outside the 3-point line. By the end of the third, Knox were right on Trinity’s heels with the Greens holding onto a two-point lead (49-47). Trinity’s captain Tom Buvac (12WJ) proved huge down the stretch with his excellent defence on Knox’s point guard. Some pin-point shooting from Knox saw them push out to a 5-point buffer with four minutes remaining, but there was no way Trinity were going to let this game slip. Buvac nailed a huge 3-pointer to see Trinity recapture the lead and then Cristian Farr (11Mu) sank an important basket from a good kick-out by Williams. Free throw shooting had been letting Trinity down in recent games, but the boys showed great poise from the stripe in the crunch. Theo Kidd made a heroic return to give Trinity much needed edge on the defensive end as the Firsts held on to win the all-important return fixture, which sees them join Knox at the top of the ladder both 7-1 with two games to go.
Tom Buvac – 13 pts. 10 rebs. 4 asts, 5 stls.
Deonte Williams – 12 pts. 4 rebs. 4 asts.
Jayden Woods – 11 pts. 4 rebs.
James Andrews – 12 pts.
Theo Kidd – 10 rebs. 4 blks.
In what was set to be a top of the table clash, Trinity knew this would be a tough match up; Knox with their season on the line would be hungry to get revenge for their comprehensive round one defeat. It proved to be a tight contest early, with Nelson McEnallay-Mino (11Ke) setting the platform for Trinity, through his ability in organising the offence and getting the ball moving. From that point, Knox put the pressure on and were all guns blazing, not giving the Greens an inch, as they gained momentum and took over the game with a strong run and a 12-point lead going into the half time break.
The Seconds had no answers and were off their game as Knox extended their advantage out to 20 points. A Trinity revival was kick-started by Seconds captain James Kern (12WJ) through hisscoring, and Matthew Nicolas’ (11Ke) relentless defensive hustle saw Trinity reduce the lead to seven points heading into the final four minutes. Unfortunately, the Greens lost the momentum again, with Knox making some key plays and inflicting Trinity’s first loss of the season. The Seconds still have a game up their sleeve but will need to bounce back strongly this week in the final home game of the season, before heading up to Barker for the last match.
James Kern – 15 pts 4 rebs.
Nelson McEnallay-Mino – 10 pts. 5 asts.
Alisi Leao – 7 rebs.
The Thirds played an outstanding game from the tip off to the final whistle. Trinity’s defence was tight with Felix Leckie (11La) and Anson Zhou (11Ke) putting extreme pressure on Knox in half-court trap situations which led to many steals and easy baskets. Ethan Hunter (11WH) was a welcomed return from injury, making an instant impact with his athleticism, while Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) was outstanding in defence and attack, leading his team to a well-deserved 9-point victory.
For most of the first half the Fourths mixed it with Knox’s strong offence led by Liam Clayton (11Fo) and Aidan Daher (11Ke) who kept the scoreboard ticking over with some good offensive moves. Tony Georges (12We) joined Dean Paraskevopoulos (11Fo) and Brian Tran (12Ho) providing great ball security off the boards. After the break Trinity stalled through some poor offensive execution, allowing Knox to jump out to a double-digit lead and take the match. If Trinity can value the ball in the final two games, then they have the skills set to finish with a pair of ‘Ws’.
Knox proved formidable foes once again to topple the Fifths in a tight contest. Although Trinity may have finished a close second on the scoreboard, the boys played with great teamwork and commitment to push the Black and Blues all the way. Knox’s coaches’ comments after the game were “it was the toughest game they have had all season”. Lachlan Wolfe (11St) and Sean Yasseen (12La) were arguably the most effective in attack. Vangeli Tsintominas (12Sc) and Adam Pascale (12Ke), who picked up eight points, led well again, organising plays, positions and demonstrating a high intensity throughout. Keelan Stephandellis (11Hi) and Nicholas Kaleel (12Mu) provided solid defence against a talented Knox big man. The Green Fifths team spirit continues to impress.
Although Trinity finished short on the scoreboard, it was a great game played by the Greens against the unbeaten Knox team. The Sixths were always in the hunt through some well-crafted ‘circle’ offensive plays orchestrated by Nicholas Magoulas (12Sc), Blake Hui (11Ta), James Kaye (11Ho) and Joseph Lin (11St). It was great to see Blake Hui and Elias Chahine (12Ke) land a few long 3s out of the offence. Patrick Williams (11La) was damagingly energetic at both ends, while Zac Lau (12Sc) and James Pau (12Ta) worked well again around the basket. Juno Ananda (12Ar) was also solid getting his season high through perseverance and strong rebounding.
In a very tight contest, the Sevenths went down by just six points to the league leaders, Knox. Lead by Chris Kapanaris (12We), the Greens put in their best performance of the season. Nicholas Keogh (11Ta) ran the floor hard pushing the ball up court, whilst Ben Liggins (12Ar) and Dominic Feros (11WJ) both finished with six points apiece.
The Ninths started the game with two early unanswered baskets and were the better of the two teams with some solid early defence by James Henderson (11We) and James Lou (12Ho). As the game progressed the consistency in making lay-ups and shots started to diminish for Trinity through fatigue, and Knox grew in consistency. A flurry of baskets after the break from Knox broke Trinity’s resolve, but to the credit of the Ninths, they kept attacking and defending with purpose.
After a challenging season to date, Trinity knew they had their work cut out against a very strong Knox team. However, the Tenths have a huge amount of fight in them and are determined to keep improving. Aaron Siew (11Ta) was impressive in defence with multiple steals, while Hamish Bryan (11Du) and Wilson Russell (11Ar) were relentless on the boards, winning numerous rebounds. With a continued improvement in shooting and lay ups, a victory is just around the corner.
Trinity couldn’t quite match their first-round feats this time round as they suffered a close loss to Knox. Going down by just eight points in a tough, gritty match, the 10As played with great character and mental fortitude, competing right through numerous momentum swings up until the final buzzer. A special mention this week goes to Hugo Reed (Ho), who continues to demonstrate an improved on-court awareness. Davide Eboli (WH) and Joel Maher (Ta) also played great games always working hard on both sides of the ball.
With a mighty return to form, the 10Bs secured a clutch 3-point victory at Knox. Jason Wang (10Ar) was unstoppable in the paint, whilst the solid guard play of Ryan Geddes (Mu), Kelvin Kong (Ar) and Paris Karakikes (He) ensured that Trinity pushed the ball in transition to keep Knox under constant pressure. This type of fast break basketball requires a team effort, and everyone came to the table to pull off an inspiring team win.
The 10Cs accepted a tough 14-point loss, but the final score did not reflect the nature of the game, indeed it was quite close for most of the match. Unfortunately, Trinity conceded too many turnovers, and were forced by Knox into multiple errors, particularly in relation to fouling. It was a disappointing result, but such hard losses are part of the game. Nevertheless, Ty Garaci (Ho) maintained strong leadership of the team until the end, and both Beier Chen (Yo) and Sam Niulala (St) bravely pushed through their injuries incurred during the game, as a testament to their commitment to the team.
The 10Ds secured a satisfying 3-point win at Knox, which often is a rare achievement. Trinity was cohesive and mentally engaged from start to finish, always reassuring each throughout the contest, whether a good play was made or an error. All players contributed to the victory, but it was particularly pleasing to see Henry Nabavi-Tabrizi (St) and Nicholas Katsiris (Ta) take control when the game got tight in the crucial final minutes.
Another slow start saw the 10Es under pressure earlier, but once again they showed great resilience to come back and take the victory away from home. Kye Graziano (Ke) did a phenomenal job handling the Knox pressure in the backcourt and steering the team on the offensive end. Marc Barakat (Mu) has been instrumental in the second half of the season, rebounding and scoring the ball at a very good rate. Trinity will need to step up this week against an undefeated Cranbrook side, a match that will determine the premiership.
A nail-biting game saw the 10Fs come away with an exciting 1-point win. Adam Bahmad (Ho) hit some tough perimeter shots to give Trinity back the momentum after falling behind. With the scores being close the entire match, Bede Dunn (St) was able to hit a jump shot in the last minute to put Trinity up by 1. Some great team defence and decision-making saw Greens hold out a formattable Knox in the dying seconds.
Trinity started off well playing good basketball at both ends, creating a strong lead (13-0) early. This was led by Jamison Urch (WH) who provided key scores from the opening tip and defensively created opportunities for others. However, Knox slowly and steadily chipped away at this early lead, and by halftime Trinity was only in front by only three points. At a time in the second half when Trinity could not get a shot to go in, Henry Mansfield (Ke) scored a couple of crucial baskets to keep the 9As in the game. Down by two points with less than 20 seconds remaining, Trinity had the ball but unfortunately squandered possession and ending any chance of a last-ditch basket.
The 9Bs made a massive improvement against Knox compared to last round, but this great effort was just not enough to give Trinity the edge, losing by one point. Early in the game, Christian Henriques (He) used his speed to disrupt the Knox offence, which led to fast break baskets for the Greens. Lucas Blum (Ar) was influential, with his hustling defence limiting Knox’s ability to score, which in turn gave Callum Campbell (We) great opportunities at the offensive end. Oscar Hartzenberg (Yo) showed a stellar improvement in his slashing ability by finding holes in the defence and drawing fouls in an encouraging performance from Trinity.
Trinity gave their best, most consistent effort yet in an unfortunate loss to a formidable Knox team. The boys showed great character in continuing to compete despite some questionable fouls called that reduced the team to five active players. John Dalla-Camina (La) and Joshua Leverton (Ke) found plenty of success executing the pick and roll in the first half, whilst Luca Craig (Ho) was the standout with steady ball-handling and excellent finishing at the rim.
After a devasting loss in their previous matchup, the 8As responded by securing a resounding 13-point victory, placing them firmly at the top of the CAS 8A ladder. It was a perfect start for Trinity as they raced away to an early double-digit lead on the back of defensive intensity and strong rebounding. Trinity were further uplifted from the defensive efforts from Harrison Lyttle (Ar) and Jonathon Wakim (Du) who both sacrificed their bodies on numerous occasions to dive on the loose ball. Zack Rice (Ho) must also be commended for his remarkable effort to contain Knox’s star player who was limited to just four points. Offensively, the Greens remained focused to attack the basket with vengeance and made terrific reads. This led to Ethan Marten-Coney (Ho) having a colossal impact, as he chipped in a staggering game high of 18 points from off the bench and had a dominant rebounding game on both ends. Myles Buvac (WJ) showed his class with a superb all-round game which included stellar defence through multiple matchups, scoring 11 points, contributing over five assists, as well as showing terrific leadership constantly communicating and positively motivating teammates.
Unfortunately, for the 8Bs it was another wayward game as they were narrowly edged out by five points. In what was a low scoring first half, the Greens had a slim lead and the momentum for majority of the first half. Both Noah Ming (Yo) and Jacob Pham (WH) played a pivotal role through their aggressive drives to the basket and willingness to make the extra pass. In the final two minutes of the first half, the 8Bs’ attitude and effort to box out dwindled, enabling Knox to take a 6-point lead at the break. The second half saw a revamp Trinity lift their tenacity in defence led by Vasili Armenis (He) who worked tirelessly, forcing a multitude of turnovers. Sadly, the 8Bs were unable to capitalise on the plethora of opportunities despite their best efforts. Notwithstanding the result Austin Daher (Ke) must be commended for his significant improvement in defence, rebounding and desire to forcefully attack the basket which saw him lead Trinity in scoring.
After a good win the previous week, the 8Cs came out slowly against Knox; and turnovers and missed layups lead to an early double-digit deficit. However, with some slight adjustments and a good job by Taj Wardle (Ta) pushing the pace and Christopher Michael (We) along with Adam Tennant (Ta) running the court hard, lead to a strong late push by Trinity to cut the lead to 4 points. Unfortunately, the boys couldn’t hold on as Knox pushed away leading to take the game.
It was a close match for the 8Ds who suffered their first loss, which left boys feeling upset when the final siren sounded. Banjo Hannaford (Du) and Jonathon Ly (Sc) played key roles in giving Trinity every opportunity to win the game. Great ball movement and strong rebounding was Trinity’s strength and Darren Ho (WH) did a great job controlling the pace of the game and pushing the ball in transition for easy baskets. I have no doubt the boys will respond to this disappointment and be at their best this week.
After a cancelled game last week, Trinity were ready for a tough matchup against a strong Knox side. In the first half, impressive court vision and awareness from Marcus Kekatos (Ar) kept the game close. After being down eight points at the start of the first half, Nass Awad (Ho) and Sam Giminez-Mcalpine (Ke) combined to cut down the deficit with some clutch scoring. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, ending the 8Es’ unbeaten streak.
The 8Fs came out firing, with Harry Vine (Mu) nailing five jump shots in a row to give Trinity an early lead and the perfect start. Knox began to fight back late into the second half, but impressive defence from Isaac Irwin (Yo) which kept Knox at bay gave Trinity a solid 15-point victory.
Trinity continued their winning streak in defeating Knox by consistently finding the open man. Toby Chan (Fo) scored ten points after relentless pressing on defence, breaking down Knox’s offence and converting mistakes into points for his team. Ethan Wong (Du) was clinical on the fast break, scoring six points in fast succession to pull Trinity further into the lead.
The 8Hs saw an end to their winning ways as Knox came out in full force. Nevertheless, Michael Kordian (Hi) had an outstanding performance, scoring 12 points for his team through his aggressive driving and powerful rebounding. Jason Taouk (WJ) ran the floor end to end, stopping and starting fast breaks and controlling the pace of the game.
An outstanding weekend for the Trinity 8Is as they showed great character to comeback from a big deficit to take the victory. Knox started strong as they continually ran the fast break, taking advantage of Trinity’s defence, and at one stage led 14-1. However, Trinity started their comeback run led by Lachlan Hovilai (Yo) and Josh Hauschild (We). Hovilai became aggressive on the offence end, taking the ball coast to coast, and Hauschild, who was great on communicating with teammates and also getting to the basket with ease, ultimately leading to Trinity winning by four points in a thriller.
The 7As pulled out a thrilling 2-point win over Knox after a frustrating draw the previous week. Knox took a 1-point lead into halftime, but Trinity worked together with six different players scoring after the break. The second half was a back and forth affair, with some solid rebounding from Jozef Cluff (Ar) and Mason McGroder (WH) having Trinity take the lead. The strong team effort saw contributions from every player, and a late steal by Angus Mansfield (Ke) ensured the thrilling victory.
An outstanding game overall with a dominant win by the 7Cs. The small changes and fine tuning at training this last week has resulted in superb team play and fast break execution. Special mention must go to Charlie Teulon (Ar) for demonstrating his commanding inside skillswith his first game for the 7Cs. Also, Xavier Potts (Mu) was able to score and facilitate down the stretch to secure the victory.
The 7Ds made it three straight wins, once again playing tough at both ends of the court. Hussain Choker (He) was key to the win with some clutch baskets. Also, Gregory Kariatlis (La) and Aiman Malas (We) controlled the pace and tempo of the game with good decision-making.
Trinity started the game strongly with relentless pressure on the defensive end. They continued this overwhelming pressure throughout the entire game which resulted in them winning by a comprehensive margin. Special mention to Calvin Doyle (Ho) for his terrific work on the defensive end that then translated to several fast break opportunities, and David Charas (Ho) for his lights-out shooting display from behind the 3-point line.
The 7Fs were neck and neck with Knox as both teams were locked on six points going into half-time. Unfortunately, the Knox team scored a couple quick baskets towards the end of the second half which secured the win. In the absence of starting centre Matthew Nada (Sc), special mention goes to Kevin Pham (WJ), Scott Yuan (Fo), and Austin Wu (We) for their efforts in securing rebounds, to then pitching the ball up ahead to give teammates a chance to score. Trinity must improve their ability to finish at the basket if they wish to win the tight games.
Building upon their momentum from round one, the 7Gs continued their dominance led by multiple early baskets from Romeo Ozdemir (Du) and George Salvartsis (WH) who proved too much for the opposition defence to handle. Despite only recently joining the team, Johnny Sialepsis (Mu) immediately contributed to the defensive end, most notably an aggressive block that could be heard across the stadium. Leading the second unit, Jonte Kirk (Fo) and Alex Jutrisa (WJ) continued to extend Trinity’s lead through excellent inside scoring.
After some internal fixtures and poor weather, the 7Hs in their first game were nervous and began slowly. However, the Greens finally got it going as Liam Walker (Ho) and Gabriel Stathopoulos (La) dominated the offensive glass and were able to convert multiple buckets. As the game continued, the boys began to find their rhythm with James Hodge (Fo) and Hugo Bruce’s (St) hustle on the defensive end led to numerous steals and converting them to multiple baskets in a confidence boosting 20-point win.
The game got off to a shaky start for the very nervous 7Is, which is expected being their first. In what was a low scoring encounter, Trinity were able to maintain a 3-point lead going into half time. Silky ball skills by Charlie Parsonage (Ta), as well as some fantastic steals and organisation from AJ Laing (Ar) allowed Trinity to take the upper hand. Fantastic ball movement up the court by John Cronin (Sc) helped the men in Green extend the lead, finishing the match on top, with a solid 13-point win.
The 7Js experienced a resounding win in their first official CAS fixture of 2021. For many of the players, this was the first time they have played sport at a competitive level representing their School, but you wouldn’t have thought this was the case based upon their performance. Trinity got off to a handy 16-point lead in the first half with quick baskets by Hussien Zein (He) and back to back scores by big man Zeke Gourlas (La). Steady ball control and game management by Shawn Chen (WH) allowed the boys to extend their lead.
The match highlight came from Nash Smith (Du) in the dying seconds, with a buzzer-beater to close out the game.
Ben Morrissey | MIC Basketball
Basketball Results vs Knox | CAS Round 8
|1sts||66-62 W||8A||44-31 W|
|2nds||41-60 L||8B||23-28 L|
|3rds||44-35 W||8C||18-32 L|
|4ths||18-35 L||8D||25-29 L|
|5ths||35-44 L||8E||25-27 L|
|6ths||29-36 L||8F||48-33 W|
|7ths||22-28 L||8G||38-22 W|
|8ths||33-61 L||8H||27-34 L|
|9ths||12-36 L||8I||44-38 W|
|10ths||24-61 L||8J||14-67 L|
|11ths||20-20 D||7A||24-22 W|
|12ths||14-34 L||7B||12-34 L|
|10A||29-27 L||7C||34-14 W|
|10B||28-25 W||7D||26-17 W|
|10C||23-37 L||7E||31-9 W|
|10D||33-30 W||7F||8-15 L|
|10E||21-12 W||7G||32-9 W|
|10F||16-15 W||7H||24-4 W|
|10G||15-38 L||7I||22-9 W|
|10H||8-33 L||7J||42-8 W|
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