Basketball | Round 9 vs Cranbrook
“Trinity send out Year 12s in last home game with a solid victory.”
In a high scoring affair, the Firsts disposed of Cranbrook by 15 points in their final home game of the season and are now one win away from the A.V. Smith Shield returning to Summer Hill. Deonte Williams (12Yo) posted a career high 34 points with 24 points coming in the second half. Hayden Johnson (12WH) provided some punch of the bench with three quick baskets, while Jesse Edwards (9WH) found his range with a big ‘3’ and a strong finish at the rim. Daniel Jackson (12Ta) made the most of his opportunity with great defensive pressure and hard running in offensive transition. Tom Buvac (12WJ) was a rock at both ends of the floor as he poured in 15 first-half points to see Trinity lead by double-digits at the main break (45-35).
In the second half Trinity always had Cranbrook at arm’s length, maintaining a 10-point plus lead, but kept the door open for their Eastern Suburbs rival through poor defensive reads. Jayden Woods’ (11Ar) hustle kept Trinity on the front foot, while Cristian Farr (11Mu) played some quality minutes in the third period and Jamie Christopoulos (11Ar) finished the quarter with two quick baskets to see Trinity in control at the final break (71-60). Theo Kidd (12WJ) was again outstanding at both ends and his ability to cover his teammates in defensive rotations, together with his rim protection, gives the Greens such an advantage. Theo then drained a big triple from the corner and Deonte proved unstoppable, attacking the rim as Trinity defeated Cranbrook. Trinity has one hand on the CAS Shield heading up to Barker for the final game of the season.
Deonte Williams – 34 pts. 9 rebs. 5 asts
Tom Buvac – 22 pts. 8 rebs. 7 asts.
Jesse Edwards – 10 pts.
Theo Kidd – 9 pts.
Trinity went into their last home game of the season, looking to lock up top spot and a joint championship at the very least with one round to go. Trinity started steadily as both teams traded baskets early before an injection of energy off the bench by Mathew Nicolas (11Ke) and Elias Sidiropoulos (11Yo) who earned the Greens an 8-point lead heading into the half.
After the break, Rory Clunas (11Yo) set the tone with his tenacious defence, as Brody Fortescue (12Ta) provided some second-half scoring, which included a momentum-building ‘3’ from the big man. Matthew De Belle (11Sc) made the most of his opportunity with relentless hustle at both ends and making plays for himself and others as Trinity extended their lead. In a game where defence wasn’t at an all-time high, Trinity went on to maintain their lead, and ran out 10-point winners (51-41) to secure a top spot heading into the last game of the season at Barker.
James Kern – 18 pts. 5 rebs. 6 stls.
Nelson McEnallay-Mino – 6 pts. 4 asts.
Matt Nicolas – 6 pts. 3rebs.
Another strong game providing back to back wins for the Thirds, as they have developed into a cohesive unit. Ethan Hunter (11WH) was dominant on the offensive end, making big plays with a game-high score of 22 points. Chris Esposito (12Ke) didn’t miss a beat when he came off the bench and continuing to put constant pressure on Cranbrook players. A very strong game by Eden Taouk (11WJ) at both ends of the court provided Trinity with a dominant share of possession, enabling the Greens to clearly outplay our opponents. In a nice gesture the Cranbrook Coach took time to come over and congratulate the Trinity boys as they were beaten convincingly in Term 4, and he commented on how the team had improved dramatically over the course of the season.
Cranbrook jumped the Fourths early and got away to a double-digit lead within the opening five minutes of the game, and Trinity were down by 9 points at the half. Matthew Chen (12He) came off the bench to inspire his teammates with ten points, and Trinity were back in the contest. Strong games by Daniel Tran (12Ta) and Joshua Perera (12La) had Trinity even on the scoreboard with only a final few minute remaining. Unfortunately, the boys couldn’t maintain the momentum, with Cranbrook making some big shots late to secure a 4-point victory.
There were just under two minutes on the game clock remaining and the mighty Fifths were up by a point with the ball from out of bounds and tensions high. But this week the Basketball gods weren’t smiling on the Greens, and Cranbrook managed to get a steal and take the lead. Adam Pascale (12Ke) played and led with a will to win, and was ably supported by the Vangeli Tsintominas (12Sc). Keelan Stephandellis (11Hi) and Nicholas Kaleel (12Mu) again provided solid defence, with Sean Yaseen (12La)securing several key baskets at critical times. It was exciting to see Josh Marcos (11Fo) and his ‘bag of tricks’ return after a long injury break. Hold your heads high, Greens, for what was a gutsy performance!
The Sixths, in a gallant effort, went down by just three points against CAS leaders, Cranbrook. The circle offence is improving and paying dividends on the scoreboard and with greater variation will prove more formidable in the final game. Elias Chahine (12Ke) has developed into a inspiring leader, keeping the Sixths alert and committed, plus landing a few ‘bombs’ from the outer. Zac Lau (12Sc), James Pau (12Ta) and Juno Ananda (12Ar) were again effective in the paint, winning many rebounds and finishing several of our offence plays. Blake Hui (11Ta) and Joseph Lin (11St) continue to build a good backcourt partnership. The camaraderie, improvement, and commitment within this group is a delight to witness.
A furious and exciting game wherein the 7ths lost in a close match by just four points against a very athletic Cranbrook side. Trinity dominated the first half by taking a 10-point lead, assisted by the great work of Dom Feros (11WJ), Nicholas Keogh (11Ta) and MacKenzie Stewart (11Mu). Unfortunately, the team was unable to maintain this intensity, which allowed Cranbrook into the game. Ben Liggins (12Ar) led the scoring with eight points.
In an epic 38-38 point draw, where Trinity had a chance to win the game with the last shot and only four seconds to get it off, the boys worked the ball to get a good look but it rimmed out. The Eights began well to lead by 12 points at one stage, but a spirited fight back from Cranbrook had them leading by four points with minutes to go. Trinity demonstrated fantastic resilience to fight back and level the game. James Mallios (11Hi) and Abbas Zahr (11Fo) finished with 11 points apiece and Thomas Geronikos (11Hi) picked up six points.
Trinity went into Saturday’s game focused on sending out the Year 12s on a high for their last home game. The game started well, with the ball moving constantly and a lot of good opportunities created. In an even first half, Joseph Coorey (12St) was on fire, scoring multiple first half three pointers to give Trinity a slight lead at half time. Off the bench, Ryan Tamerji (12Mu) gave the Greens a scoring punch, while James Henderson (11We) defensively denied multiple Cranbrook shot attempts. A few more three pointers from Coorey, Perry Chan (12We) and Anthony Borodin (11We) had Trinity within arm’s reach, before a few key plays were made by Cranbrook to seal the game and hand the Ninths a tough 3-point loss in an amazing effort.
The Twelfths had a competitive game against Cranbrook on Saturday, even in wet and unfavourable conditions. The boys started slowly but worked hard to gain traction with some quick points, thanks to the brilliant shooting of Justin Zhou (11La) and athletic prowess of Cooper Hollis (11Sc). In the second-half Trinity clawed their way back to a four point deficit due to pinpoint three-point shooting of John (never miss) Nakoul (11Mu). However, the Greens were unable to grab the lead, though they should be very proud of the major improvements by the boys each week.
In a tough, competitive matchup, the 10As suffered a narrow 6-point loss to Cranbrook. A closely-contested and physical game saw the strong duo of Adam Taleb (Mu) and Sami Nasr (Mu) combine with Davide Eboli (WH) to make it difficult for Cranbrook to score inside, whilst strong performances from Kyle Tran (WH) and Hugo Reed (Ho) kept Trinity in the game until the final buzzer. Despite the close loss, the team continued to demonstrate their improved cohesion on both ends of the court and should hold their heads high for the way they demonstrated their character in the face of spirited opposition.
After returning to form with a stylish win last week, Trinity encountered a narrow loss in a tough away environment in the east. With another week of top performances from Brendon-Omar Moses (Yo) and Jaden Leung (Hi), the team continued to demonstrate their improved team play and transition offence. Despite the loss, the boys played with maturity, grit, and togetherness until the final buzzer.
The 10Cs suffered a tough 2-point loss, though the result could have been very different with just a few more minutes of game time. Alex Fisterman (WH) scored a huge 24 points, half of which came from three-pointers. Sam Niulala (St), Beier Chen (Yo), and Adrian Ong (St) always played quickly and aggressively. Oliver Askew (We) and Giancarlo Vari (Ke) were calm and collected at slowing down and controlling the ball. Ty Garaci (Ho) demonstrated outstanding leadership, keeping all the boys focused, and sacrificing his own court time when he considered it best for the team. Pete Mitrokas (Mu) and Brandon Lieu (Ho) stayed back after the 10Ds game to assist Coach Mr Adam Wood and to encourage the boys during time outs. The 10Cs should be very proud of their performance.
A great effort from Trinity saw them come from behind to win a nail biter at Cranbrook. Arthur Howard-White (Hi) was dominant on the boards and was able to convert his offensive rebounds. Adam Bahmad (Ho) was again lethal from outside, hitting 3-pointers to put Trinity in front in the last minute. Joseph Catania (St) impacted the game on the defensive end.
With the return of players from Field Studies, the 9As put up a strong performance, beating Cranbrook by eight points in a notoriously tough gym. Early scores from Caleb Leoa (Mu) and Ollie Orr (Ho) helped Trinity level the match after a couple of errors in the opening minutes. Henry Mansfield (Ke) created a substantial lead through his in the lane defence which translated into easy scores for himself and his teammates. William Constanti (La) made an impact in returning from Camp, getting every rebound to dominate the paint.
The 9Bs played together and selflessly to take the spoils by five points Matthew Nasr (Mu) played as an on-court coach, leading the team vocally and defensively providing a needed energy to Trinity. Midway through the first half when the Cranbrook were making a run, Ryan Lu (Sc) used his presence on the court to secure rebounds and score crucial points to maintain a double-digit lead for the Greens. Callum Campbell (We) was consistent throughout the game, using his athleticism and height to get to the rim and finish over the Cranbrook defence.
Trinity demonstrated great discipline in an evenly matched contest against Cranbrook. The two teams traded buckets for most of the game, but a pair of unexpected three-pointers in the second half gave the opposition the lead. Successive defensive stops initiated by Dawson Williams (WJ) and Felix Hindle (WJ) put Trinity in position to steal the win in the final two minutes, but unfortunately the boys were unable to convert at the other end.
The 9Fs played out an absolutely thrilling draw (27-27). As both teams traded baskets in the opening possessions, Cranbrook went on a run to take an 8-point lead. However, as the first half was winding down, the Greens made their own charge and reduced the margin to just four points. This was significantly due to the performance of Bo Hai Xie (Yo) who was sensational throughout the entirety of the game on both ends, as he had a plethora of steals which led to great passes to open teammates on the break who finished such easy layups. Active defence from Lachlan Johnson (Ke) and Finn Hodgkinson (Fo) saw numerous deflections which prevented Cranbrook from scoring at ease and kept Trinity within reach. In the final two minutes, the 9Fs appeared to be down and out on the scoreboard as they were trailing by six points, until Marcus Ticic (Sc) made some clutch-free throws and baskets. With seconds remaining, Max Millgate (Fo) secured a long offensive rebound and tied the game with an incredible jump shot from the elbow, ensuring Trinity would be rewarded for their resilient effort.
The 9Hs played well against an evenly matched Cranbrook side. Both Jimmy Quan (Hi) and Matthew Cheng (We) played very well in defence and set up many scoring opportunities for their teammates. The boys almost snatched a victory, going down by just a single basket.
The 8As remain undefeated this term as they had a commanding 23-point victory. Despite trading the first few baskets, Trinity was clearly superior as Cranbrook had to grind for every point. Zack Rice (Ho) and Jonathon Wakim (Du) encapsulated Trinity’s defensive intensity through multiple steals and their ability to stay in front and pressure opposing players. Zack Rice’s terrific efforts on defence translated to success offensively as he grinded his way to 11 points. Harrison Lyttle (Ar) and Myles Buvac (WJ) were both phenomenal in this affair as they were able to penetrate through the lacklustre defence and score at will. However, despite the game coming to them with such ease they both were incredibly selfless to create opportunities for their teammates to score.
For the first time all season the 8Bs suffered consecutive losses as they fell short by a single basket. Unlike previous weeks, the Greens started quite well, running away with an early lead which they held onto for the first half. Vasali Armenis (He) and Jacob Pham (WH) showed glimpses of spectacular individual defence as they had multiple deflections through their smothering defence and by pressuring the passing lanes. However, the second half saw Cranbrook’s height become a significant factor as they dominated the glas,s especially with offensive rebounds. Despite being undersized, Christian Galettis (Fo) showed great effort at times to box out significantly bigger and stronger Cranbrook players. In the final minutes, with the 8Bs trailing, Noah Ming (Yo) tried to spark a come-back and took over offensively, resulting in Noah having a game-high 14 points and bringing the Greens back to within two points.
The 8Cs put on an offensive display as the ball swung from side to side with everyone constantly moving, but too many turnovers and missed layups lead to easy baskets for Cranbrook and a loss for Trinity. Callum Padman (Hi), Christopher Michael (We) and Michael Nasr (Mu) helped Trinity make a run at the end of the game, although not enough as Cranbrook proved too strong.
Trinity played a great game leading to a clear win for the 8Ds. The boys played with a speed and pace lead by Theo Leckie (La) as he ran and pushed the ball in transition leading to easy baskets. Banjo Hannaford (Du) and Marcelo Condoluci (La) put pressure on defensively as they turned defence into offence for an 11-point win to the Greens.
After a close loss last week, Trinity looked to bounce back with a win against Cranbrook. Despite only having seven players due to injuries, the 8Es started the game strongly. Impressive rebounding and overall defensive effort from Harris Kotronakis (He) were imperative for Trinity as they led at the half. In a back and forth second half, Jonathon Ly (Sc) came through in the clutch with some impressive shooting, leading Trinity to a well-deserved 7-point win.
Looking to maintain their impressive streak, Trinity came out firing against Cranbrook from tip-off. Tenacious hustle on both ends from Jake Matthews (Ke), along with quality playmaking and court vision from Luke Niulala (St) the 8Fs jumped out to an early lead. In the second half, Trinity widened the gap with their clinical fast break offence lead, with a high-scoring game from Jared Kong (La), giving the Greens a comfortable victory.
The 8Gs started strong, with Ahmad Ammoura (We) scoring a few early layups to give Trinity the lead. James Craigie (La) and Ben Keogh (Ta) did an outstanding job of guarding a much bigger opponent, who was the engine of the opposing team. This led to a handy half time lead. More of the same in the second also saw Toby Chan (Fo) chip in with some big rebounds and great plays on the offensive end, as Trinity would surge to a comfortable 10-point win, despite Cranbrook piling on some late points to close the large margin.
The 8Hs looked to keep their solid record intact, having only lost one game all season. In what can only be described as a very slow start, the game was all tied up at 2-2 after 12 minutes had passed. This was due to a few missed opportunities by Trinity, as well as stellar defence from Zac Amine (Yo) and Andy Lin (WJ). From that moment, Michael Kordian (Hi) stepped up to score and assist a few baskets, as Trinity took a small lead into the half. Jack Thomson (St) chipped in with a few baskets, and the Greens continued to dominate on defence, as they cruised to a 14-point victory.
Trinity hosted Barker, with the 8Is’ strong offence and defence seeing them take an early lead. Declan Tan (Mu) was a major threat under the basket and as well as competing hard on defensive ends resulting in a solid win for Trinity.
The 7Bs played outstanding team basketball in a close loss to Cranbrook (15-20), showcasing the concepts and teamplay they are working on each week. Bailey Herden (He), David Ricci (La) and Jenson Ye (Yo) pushed the pace on the offensive side of the ball and ensured everyone was involved. Kody Murphy (Ta), David Sukkar (Ta) and Lucas Huang (Sc) patrolled the paint, controlling rebounds and contesting shots. Some fantastic fast breaks and hard running from Xavier Toomalatai (Ho), Dilan Petrides (Yo) and Christian Marzullo (WJ) saw every player contribute in a positive way.
Trinity suffered a tough 5-point loss to a disciplined Cranbrook side. Even though the team was down throughout the entire game, there was never a lack of effort or anything to indicate the boys were going to give up. A special mention to both Jaydon Boustani (He) and Christian Gregory (WH) for their outstanding attitude and selfless play in their first game with the 8C group. With the last game of the season coming up next week, some final fine-tuning will need to happen at training.
The best win of the season for the 8Ds, as they held on to win by the barest of margins (17-16). The Greens trailed by a margin of 11 points leading into the second half but with the implementation of a full court press, turnovers were forced, and fast-break points were scored. Great defence from both Dean Roditis (WJ) and Dean Constantinou (Mu) combined with great inside scoring from Harry Jang (Sc) lead to the eventual win.
The young men in the 7Es performed out of their skin on Saturday with a huge win over Cranbrook. The team has come a long way since the beginning of the season in terms of their teamwork and heads up play. Special mention to Calvin Doyle (He) for his continuous streak of prolific scoring over the season; also David Charas (Ho) and Christopher Andary (Du) for their relentless hustle at both ends. However, it was the team’s relentless defence that won the game.
Trinity were victorious by 14 points with a strong team effort and all players contributing. Austin Wu (We) was especially strong on the weekend, scoring ten of Trinity’s points. Kevin Pham (WJ) and Scott Yuan (Fo) played well to keep the pressure on Cranbrook. This group of young men have worked so well with each other all season and it is starting to show on the court. This teamwork will hopefully get us on top of Barker this coming Saturday.
Looking to extend their undefeated campaign, the 7Gs found themselves tied at 4-4 early in the game against a formidable opponent. However, Jonathan Gergis (WJ) and Johnny Sialepis (Mu) were able to get it going on the offensive end which kickstarted Trinity’s scoring run. From this point onwards, the Greens managed to hold their opponents scoreless by tightening their defence with high levels of ball pressure, led by Christopher Savva (Sc) and Dominic Chen (Ar).
From the beginning of the game, Trinity determined the pace of the game with their high level of intensity on both ends of the court. This resulted in back-to-back baskets for both Ethan Zhang (La) and Taj Powell (WH). Christian Ng (WJ) along with Asher Paoli (St) who had recently returned from injury made an immediate impact on the defensive end as the opponents struggled to overcome the Greens’ defence. As a result, Trinity found themselves accumulating several steals which were capitalized by Luca Dawson (Ke) and George Deiri (Ho).
The 7Is came up against a higher graded team (13Gs) in their game at The Kings School, as they looked to get their second win of the season. Trinity got off to a great start with big man Nicholas Daw (Ta) scoring two quick baskets to get us on the board early. His consistent presence in the key proved crucial to the 7Is first half performance. Charlie Parsonage (Ta) showed his skill with the ball in hand once again this week, getting the 7Is back into the contest landing most of the shots he put up. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough in the end, as the Greens suffered a very respectable 5-point loss.
The 7Js came into this clash hoping to back up their dominant win against Knox the week before. It wasn’t going to be as easy, as the boys came up against the 7Hs from The King’s School. Trinity got off to a solid start, as Hussien Zein (He) opened the scoring with back to back baskets, giving the boys confidence. Aggressive ball movement by Joseph Khor (Hi) and great positioning by the ever-persistent Youssef Edress (WH) allowed the 7Js to get on with the job and edge out King’s by an impressive eight points.
Ben Morrissey | MIC Basketball
Basketball Results | CAS Round 9 versus Cranbrook
|1sts||95-80 W||8A||56-33 W|
|2nds||51-41 W||8B||33-35 L|
|3rds||47-30 W||8C||32-44 L|
|4ths||23-27 L||8D||38-27 W|
|5ths||24-25 L||8E||26-19 W|
|6ths||26-33 L||8F||40-15 W|
|7ths||27-33 L||8G||36-28 W|
|8ths||38-38 D||8H||25-11 W|
|9ths||37-40 L||8I vs Barker I||24-4 W|
|10ths||26-60 L||8J vs. Knox J||5-34 L|
|11ths||29-45 L||7A||18-27 L|
|12ths||25-31 L||7B||15-20 L|
|10A||33-39 L||7C||12-17 L|
|10B||24-38 L||7D||17-16 W|
|10C||44-46 L||7E||34-20 W|
|10D||24-52 L||7F||29-11 W|
|10E||20-42 L||7G||26-4 W|
|10F||27-22 W||7H||26-5 W|
|10G||11-58 L||7I vs. Kings G||14-19 L|
|10H||10-66 L||7J vs. Kings H||18-10 W|
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