Basketball vs Waverley
CAS Round 2
“Trinity make it hard work in ugly win.”
Trinity mentally self-destructed in what should have been a resounding win, to hang on and keep their CAS premiership aspiration alive in a 5-point win at Waverley on a balmy Friday night. The Firsts, now 6-1, set up a season-defining game with the undefeated Knox Grammar in the TGS Sports Centre this coming Saturday.
A slow start saw Trinity down 0-8 early before settling down and playing some better defence with Tom Buvac (12WJ) finding the basket with a pair of triples and Jamie Christopoulos (12Ar) controlling the paint to see the Greens ahead at the end of the first quarter (21-12). Waverley continued to be right on Trinity’s heels with some good shooting from outside. Trinity were able to maintain their lead through two big 3s from Hayden Johnson (12WH) early in the second period. Some late baskets from Deonte Williams (12Yo) had Trinity extending their margin to double digits (45-35) at the half.
The frustration remained in the second half as Trinity just couldn’t gel as a unit at both ends. Great hustle from James Andrews (11La) kept Waverley under pressure and a couple of baskets from Jesse Edwards (9WH) enabled Trinity to stay arm’s length away at three-quarter time (63-53). Waverley began to make a charge cutting the lead to just three points, but great play at both ends from Jayden Woods (11Ar) with some crucial finishes at the basket and big rebounds off the glass by Theo Kidd (12WJ) allowed the Greens to hold on for the victory and keep the A.V. Smith Shield in sight.
Trinity will have to find the cohesion and selfless play at both the offensive and defensive end that saw them win the Trinity Challenge only a few weeks ago if they wish to topple Knox next round.
Tom Buvac – 18 pts. 4 asts. 5 stls.
Deonte Williams – 16 pts. 6 rebs.
Jamie Christopoulos – 10 pts. 6 rebs.
Jayden Woods – 9 pts. 7 rebs.
Theo Kidd – 7 pts. 8 rebs. 3 asts.
The Greens travelled out to Waverley on Friday and jumped out to a fast start, which saw them build an early 18-0 lead. Back court duo of James Kern (12WJ) and Nelson McEnally-Mino (11Ke) set the tone getting teammates involved with slick passing and combining for 18 first-half points. An amazing team defensive effort led by Rory Clunas (11Yo) and Matthew Nicolas (11Ke) saw Trinity take a sizeable 25-point lead at the half (27-2).
The second half was much of the same, as the ball moved well with Brodie Fortescue (12Ta) showing his passing skills in finding open teammates. Marc Tennant (11Ta) benefited from this selfless play, dropping consecutive baskets to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Surraj Nellore (12Mu) and Alisi Leao (11Mu) grabbed their opportunity with some smooth finishing on the break. The Seconds are playing some great basketball and if they can keep the roll on against Knox, they will have two hands on the CAS Premiership and no other School within reach.
James Kern – 17 pts. 6 rebs. 3 asts.
Nelson McEnallay-Mino – 10 pts. rebs. 9 asts.
Brodie Fortescue – 4 pts. 8 rebs. 4 asts.
Marc Tennant – 9 pts. 4 stls.
Although the Thirds played well throughout the game in mixing it with Waverley, it was the defensive effort that hurt Trinity. But it was Jack Gonzi (12Yo) and Anson Zhou’s (11Ke) offensive prowess which kept the Greens in the game. Anson Zhou scored a game high of 24 points but the many opportunities for easy baskets that didn’t connect hurt any chance of a Trinity revival.
Trinity played a tough game, but unfortunately fell just short by a couple of baskets. Tony Georges (12We) and Brian Tran (12Ho) were able to secure the ball on the defensive end, which gave their teammates opportunities to score. Strong running up the court by Rupert Dobbin (11Du) and Josh Perera (12La) allowed the Greens plenty of opportunities, but the Thirds’ inability to consistently finish proved costly in the end.
The Sixths have begun the second half of the season in sensational form with back-to-back victories. Playing great ‘team’ basketball, Trinity demolished Waverley by a whopping 46 points. Building on a 28-point half-time lead, the Green machine’s tight defensive pressure earnt plenty of turnover ball to feed the growing potency of our attacking plays. Once again, the dominant inside play from James Pau (12Ta) and Zac Lau (12Sc) set the platform. James played his best game since coming to the Opens and Zac drained a series of classy shots inside the key. Patrick Williams (11La) continued to play strongly and be a big influence on the Sixths ‘engine room’, with Nicholas Magoulos (12Sc) providing plenty of enthusiastic support. The Green’s Guards, Blake Hui (11Ta), James Kaye (11Ho) and Joseph Lin (11St), continue toplay with game intelligence in offence and great tenacity in defence.
With one of their most impressive team performances of the season, the 10As just fell short to a physical Waverley team. In an entertaining back-and-forth game, which saw season-best performances from Kyle Tran (WH) and Hugo Reed (Ho). Trinity were relentless on offence from the opening jump, with Lachlan Chung (Ho) and Davide Eboli (WH) making their presence known under the basket, whilst Noah De Barros (Ke) kept everyone calm and focussed in the tough moments down the stretch. Special mention must go to Adam Taleb (Mu) who, in his debut game for the 10As, was dominant in the paint.
Trinity returned to form with style and aplomb in a thrilling 4-point victory over Waverley. With another week of top performances from Brendon-Omar Moses (Yo) and Jaden Leung (Hi), the team continued their relentless transition on offence. Ryan Geddes (Mu) and Kelvin Kong (Ar) ran the floor from the point position well, and the team were able to come back from an early deficit to secure a gutsy win.
From the beginning, it was clear Trinity were going to have to work hard in this one. Sam Niulala (St) set the tone early defensively for the Greens, as Waverley took a slim lead in the early stages. Alex Fisterman (WH) came off the bench and made multiple three-point shots and free throws to give Trinity the lead back, heading into the second half. From there, Trinity maintained a close lead all the way until the closing stages, where the lead was down to one point before Tai Garaci (Ho) made a free throw and missed the second intentionally to end any hope of a Waverley win, leading to a tough 36-34 win for Trinity.
In a strong start to the game, Henry Nabavi-Tabrizi (St) and Brandon Lieu (Ho) led the way with good guard play, helping set a platform for the rest of the team. Off the bench, Nicholas Stojkovic (Ho) provided excellent scoring from all over the court, helping Trinity to a half time lead. In the second half, Liam Sandilant (Hi) and John Mitrothanasis (WH) rebounded strongly to keep the Greens ahead, as Trinity rolled to a comfortable 17-point victory.
The 10Es were again dominant in another resounding win, taking their record to 6–1. A strong display on the offensive end saw Marc Barakat (Mu) score 24 points off the bench. Cody Lambert (He) and Christian Falato (Sc) were instrumental as they were able to turn transition from defence into offence.
Trinity showcased a solid all-round performance, winning their match by 14 points. George Nicolas (WJ) was dominant on both ends of the court. Arthur Howard – White (Hi) was huge on the boards, giving the 10Fs plenty of second chance opportunities with all his offensive rebounds.
In the first home game of 2021, the 9As played a spectacular game, winning by 51 points. Bouncing back from a devastating loss last year at Waverley, the Greens rallied together to put up a near perfect performance, gaining momentum heading into the last three rounds of the season. Noah Herden (He) ensured Trinity got off to a great start, nailing a hat trick of three pointers to secure an early lead. Unselfish and aggressive play from both Caleb Leao (Mu) and Jamison Urch (Ta) lead to a 15-0 run to start the second half, securing Trinity the win, and giving confidence heading into Knox next round.
After a difficult loss the previous week, the 9Bs returned with a motivated mindset leading to a strong win against Waverley. Trinity came out with a vengeance from losing this matchup last year; notably Callum Campbell (We) who scored a career high with 21 points. Christian Henriques (He) put up an outstanding performance, where his relentless defence led not only to his own offensive prowess, but also allowed him to set up plays for his teammates. Ethan Albrighton (Sc) used both his outside shooting and slashing ability to solidify the substantial lead, giving the Greens a well-deserved win.
Trinity had to dig deep when Waverley opened with a blistering 11-0 run. The boys did well to keep their heads up and even managed to reduce the deficit to as little as three points but were unable to take the lead. In his debut for the 9Cs, Joshua Leverton (Ke) gave the team plenty of energy with eight points off the bench, whilst Caleb Broadbent (St) finished with seven points.
Defensive tenacity kept a short-handed 9D team competitive against a much deeper and more athletic Waverley team. The boys did well to keep pace with their opponents in the first half, but ultimately ran out of gas in the second. Despite the loss, there were still plenty of encouraging signs, including dynamic playmaking from Sam Eastwood (He) and confident shooting from Oscar Zong (WH), who scored a game-high 15 points.
A tight tussle with a physical Waverley side meant a close match with Trinity trailing by three in the first half. It was great team play by the boys in Green with almost all players getting on the scoreboard. But it was the strength of William Wang (La) in the key and Jet Lin’s (We) ability to score under pressure which helped us get the lead in the final minute and close out the match.
The 9Fs bounced back this week with improved passing to earn a big win against Waverley. Leo Sieveking (Fo) had a red-hot jump shot and Max Millgate (Fo) found open space to score easy baskets. Lachlan Johnson (Ke) continue to control rebounds and a strong defence presence in the paint.
The 9Hs played well against Waverley and while the end result was a 6-point loss, there was some great shooting from Amam Saeed (WH) and Neo White (Ta). Also, William Deller (Ho) was very solid in defence, which led to a lot of scoring opportunities and helped keep Trinity in the contest.
The 8As were astonishing in their assertive 21-point triumph in the east. From the opening possessions the superiority was evident as the Greens managed to impede Waverley from scoring for a remarkable ten minutes, while offensively scoring at will. While all boys must be commended on their defensive effort, Zack Rice (Ho) and Ethan Marten-Coney (Ho) were impressive through their understanding to anticipate and shift defensively which ensured no open lanes to the basket. James Borg (He) despite being undersized exhibited great effort and determination to defend bigger opponents. A special mention goes to Harry Pliatsikas (Ho) who had his best game of the season thus far and was the player of the match. Harry had a tremendous all-round play, which included multiple steals and deflections, along with nailing three big 3s. Trinity now turn their focus to the Knox encounter, which will determine the Premiers of the Year 8A division.
The 8Bs were pushed right to their limits as they had a thrilling comeback victory. Despite the Greens’ immense struggle to find any consistency offensively, the boys were determined to suppress Waverley to single digits in each half. Jacob Pham (WH) and David Simmons (Du) were terrific in their efforts to rotate and help teammates which was essential to Trinity’s defensive success, while Vasili Armenis’ (He) aggression and harassing style resulted in Waverley making numerous passing errors. Late in the game with Trinity down one, Christian Galettis (Fo) stepped up significantly as he had numerous crucial rebounds and showed great composure sealing the win with an emphatic 3-point play.
With the 8Cs kicking off the second half of the season in good form, a slow start against Waverley was not expected. With defensive lapses in the first half, Trinity found themselves down by nine points at the break. Great team communication led by Liam Wu (Sc) and stellar defence by Josh Falato (Sc) led to Trinity pushing the ball in transition, where Andrew Hodkinson (He) capitalised on open fast break opportunities. Zeke De Alwis (We) must be commended on his hustle and his determination to dive on any loose ball near him, leading Trinity to a close but well-earned two point victory.
The 8Ds were dominant from the start, leading to a clear and resounding 15-point win. Trinity commanded both sides of the ball with Josh Awad (Ho) getting deflections and Alan Chen (Fo) crashing the glass hard, whilst Callum Padman (Hi) was relentless on defence and controlled the tempo of the game as the ball moved, turning down good shots for great shots.
Trinity played out a thrilling draw against a determined Waverley team, after coming off a tough loss to Alo’s the previous week. The 7As took a small lead into halftime with some good team play and solid defensive efforts from Jonathan Orr (Ho), Jozef Cluff (Ar) and Mason McGroder (WH). Waverley came back into the game early and some steady playmaking from Ben Gallo (He) and Steven Lee (Ho) and some big shots from Brooklyn Virgo (La) and Malakai Sinisa (We) put Trinity ahead in a tight back and forth affair. Waverley drew the game on a free throw with four seconds remaining, and Trinity’s last chance shot rimmed out.
The 7Bs played their second down-to-the-wire game in consecutive weeks. After a narrow loss to Alo’s, the team were determined to get their first win of the season. After jumping out to a 7-point lead at the half behind some big shots from Jaydon Boustani (He), Bailey Herden (He) and Xavier Toomalatai (Ho),a determined Waverley team held Trinity to just two second-half points. Strong defensive and rebounding efforts from David Sukkar (Ta) and Lucas Huang (Sc) helped to keep Waverley at bay, but a foul on the buzzer lead to the tying shot being made on the last free throw of the game.
Another tough game and a close loss for the 7Cs by just seven points. There was some fantastic teamwork throughout the game and special mention must go to Jenson Ye (Yo) whose court awareness was crucial in the movement of the ball, resulting in some big scores inside coming from Jared Arnold (Ar) and Ryan Le (Du).
An outstanding game from the7Ds who made it back-to-back wins.Trinity were led by the dominant inside presence of the metaphorical “twin-towers” that consisted of Matthew Chen (Hi) and Harry Jang (Sc).The relentless rebounding of Harshal Churchra (He) proved to be a difference maker in the 15-point victory by the improving young Trinity team.
Ben Morrissey | MIC Basketball
Basketball Results vs Waverley
|1sts||78-73 W||8A||49-28 W|
|2nds||55-14 W||8B||16-14 W|
|3rds||29-37 L||8C||33-31 W|
|4ths||42-48 L||8D||28-13 W|
|10A||31-25 L||7C||13-20 L|
|10B||38-34 W||7D||27-12 W|
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