Basketball News | CAS Round 1 vs Barkerdeveloper
“Trinity open the CAS season with a win built on relentless defence.”
Trinity began their CAS campaign with a hard fought 17-point victory (65-48) over a Barker team that would not quit. The Greens jumped out early to a double-digit lead with suffocating defence. J. Arthur (12WH) was aggressive, pressuring at every opportunity to see Trinity keep their early advantage at the end of the first period (16-6). J. Woods (12Ar) began to find opportunities through the Barker defence on his way to six points for the quarter. N. Herden (10He) provided great impact off the bench through some tough defence and also nailing a big ‘3’ as Trinity extended its lead at the half-time break to 16 points (36-20).
As the third quarter evolved, Trinity struggled to finish at the offensive end to only score nine points over the ten minutes. Desperate defence from J. Andrews (12La), C. Farr (12Mu) and L. Isaako (10WJ) kept Barker’s surge at bay and the Greens still holding the advantage heading into last period (45-35). Jesse Edwards (10WH), on the back of his great defence which saw him facilitate a number of steals, sealed the game for Trinity with nine points in the final quarter.
It was a confidence-boosting start for the Firsts and if the boys can keep the defensive pressure and cohesion at a high level and improve their ability to finish opportunities on offence, they will compete with any School in the CAS.
J. Edwards – 25 pts. 10 rebs. 8 Stls.
J. Woods – 17 pts. 7 rebs. 4 stls.
J. Arthur – 9 pts. 5 rebs.
It proved to be a nervous start in opening game, as both Schools exchange baskets with neither displaying any great dominance. The Greens’ defensive tenacity dramatically increased as the first half wore on, holding Barker to just 12 points at the main break. Eden Taouk (12WJ) hit a big three which got his peers upbeat and then Sam Payne (11WJ) also got in with his triple. But it was the play of Alisi Leao (12Mu) that provided the most impact, dropping 11 points for the half, as Trinity led with double digits (22-12).
Adam Taleb (11Mu) provided the offensive punch in the third period as Trinity extended its lead, but it was the tenacity on defence that was the Greens’ most potent weapon, led by Matt De Belle (12Sc) and Rory Clunas (12Yo), which had the Seconds in control. Hugo Reed (11Ho) and then Anson Zhou (12Ke) put the knockout punch to Barker with two quality baskets back-to-back to see Trinity take the match comfortably by 19 points (47-28).
Alisi Leao – 18 pts.
Eden Taouk – 7 pts.
Adam Taleb – 7 pts.
Trinity led from start to finish, executing with precision and growing in confidence with each possession in a commanding victory. The hot hands of Felix Leckie (12La) and Paris Karakikes (11He) nailing numerous shots from the perimeter pushed Trinity’s lead out early. In the second half, the Thirds continued to control the game with Tim Braga (11Du) and Pavle Ceprjna (11St) owning the paint at both ends.
It was a wonderful feeling to finally get the boys on the floor and Trinity started well, but a lack of intensity allowed Barker to get relatively close just on half time. After the break, the Fourths came out with the required intent, with Jason Wang (11Ar) dominating under the basket at both ends. Kelvin Kong (11Ar) landed some outside shots, and the Greens grew in confidence each possession to pull away to win the game. Lachlan Wolfe (12St) was able to steal the ball on a number of occasions to prevent any Barker revival.
Trinity’s positive teamwork ensured a solid victory to open the season. Good decisions in the first half allowed the Greens to build a lead and keep it from that point on. The guard play of Ty Garaci (11Ho), Brandon Lieu (11Ho), Henry Nabavi-Tabrizi (11St) and Adrian Ong (11S) was effective, resulting in some creative baskets. Oliver Askew (11We) and Kian Guildea (11Du) were heavily involved at both end of the court, while George Karabatsos (11Ta) was a terrier in defence.
With the scores tied and two seconds remaining on the game clock, Alex Fisterman (11WH) had his moment on the free throw line and delivered, nailing his second attempt to give Trinity a memorable 1-point victory. The Sixths’ first half teamwork and desire allowed Dean Paraskevopoulos (12Fo) to be instrumental offensively with a number of baskets. Patrick Williams (12La) was a terrier in defence and led the team well with Paraskevopoulos. Pete Mitrokas (11Mu) played with enthusiasm and intelligence, often picking the right time to drive, cut or shoot for valuable points.
In a tough physical encounter, Trinity won in a tight contest. The group showed tremendous character to come from behind with eight minutes to go to take the ‘W’. A super team effort from all nine players scoring with Adam Makki (12La) and McKenzie Stewart (12Mu) leading the scoring, which included a couple of critical 3-pointers. Jude Robinson (12St) was prominent with six important points.
From the outset, Trinity came to play and never let up, winning well by 26 points. In a free-scoring game Jackson Greck (11Fo) led with 12 points, while Caiden Cleary (12St) and Sam Waddington (12Mu) combined for 16 points. Overall, the performance was strong with great hustle displayed by all, led by Rowan O’Connor (11Mu) and Jack Gully (11WH).
A rollercoaster game with high intensity defence and passion in offence. At half time Trinity were six points in front on the back of strong play from Jack Barter (12St). The Barker team came out and scored three baskets in a row to transform the game. In the last five minutes some excellent full court pressure and clinical play under the basket by Cody Lambert (11He) and Ben Robinson (12Yo) turn it around for the Greens to take the honours by seven points.
Trinity played at a high pace and jumped to an early lead with solid defence and some strong rebounding from James Mallios (12Hi). At half time, Barker were trailing by six points and came out like a new team, taking a 5-point lead after five minutes. The Tenths rallied and with some excellent defence from Ryan Lim (11Mu) and Enoch Chan (11Du) in the closing minutes managed to claw their way back. With one minute to go the scores tied; a quick basket from Cooper Twine (11Mu) and also a point from the free throw line helped the 10ths to an excellent win for their first game of the season. A great team effort.
A gutsy effort from the green machine as they started the season off with a strong victory. Peter Tanevski (WH) was instrumental, showing his leadership by getting his teammates involved and scoring when needed. Special mention to Henry Mansfield (Ke) who came off the bench and provided an immediate impact with his energy on the defensive end. Trinity was able to feed off that energy, creating countless defensive stops and turning them into points.
It was a tough beginning for Trinity, as they started the game with only six players and a new Coach for the day. As the late arrivals rolled in, they were able to rally and hold a small lead throughout the game. Ethan Albrighton (Sc) showed great effort from the tip which carried throughout the game. Brendan Geddes (Mu) provided great defence sparking a run which saw Trinity hold to take the game by five points.
Holding a 3-point lead into the final minute of the game, Trinity just couldn’t stop a lucky last-ditch effort from Barker to go down by two agonising points. Angelo Shi (Sc) was hard to stop on both ends of the court, while Rohan Steele (Ho) made the step up and fitted in seamlessly.
Trinity built a large lead early, and held to the break, up by 19 points. It was a hot start from Harrison Lyttle (Ar) who finished the game with 34 points and countless steals. The Greens continued the trend in the second half to take a dominant victory. Ethan Marten-Coney (Ho) dominated the rebounds while blocking six shots. Fill-ins from the 9Bs’ Banjo Hannaford (Du) and Liam Wu (Sc) showed their ability to play at an A team level.
It was a tough back-and-forth game for the 9Bs. With the scores being tight throughout the entire game, a draw seemed like a fair result all, despite a disappointing last few possession. Trinity had a big size advantage which allowed Chris Michael (We), Will Kokotovich (We) and Benny Chen (Du) to dominate the rebounds and combined for 23 of the team’s points.
The Greens started their season off with a narrow defeat (31 – 33). While the team suffered a loss, their efforts to play undermanned should be commended. Special mention must go to Nass Awad (Ho) who came to play, shooting lights out from deep and keeping the game close throughout. While Austin Wang (Sc) left it all on the floor providing hustle plays on both ends of the court.
A close encounter saw the 9Ds go down in a very close loss against a tough Barker outfit (24 – 26). The boys simply ran out of energy and were not able to handle the defensive pressure from Barker. Jared Kong (La) was instrumental throughout the game creating opportunities for himself on the offensive end. Special mention to Darren Ho (WH) who provided impact on both ends of the court, assisting many baskets as well as being solid on the defensive end.
This game highlighted the need to work on finishing at pace with pressure, as Trinity blew some great looks to score points. Jake Matthews (Ke) provided the offensive spark with some good moves at the rim. Reuben Chong (Hi) was solid with his crafty play on the perimeter, but the boys’ missed opportunities resulted in a close loss.
The game was a close contest throughout, with each team having their own runs of momentum. Kiran Siva (Ke) showed great improvement using his speed to create scoring opportunities. Andy Lin (WJ) was incredibly active in the paint, providing the 9Fs with second chance points. Isaac Irwin (Yo) was the hero of the day, as he slipped to basket as the clock expired getting his lay-up off in time to secure the one-point victory.
An impressive effort on the defensive end allowed the Greens to hold off Barker’s offence in a nail bitting one-point victory. Liam Conlon (We) and Sesen Hanna (Hi) brought the intensity on defence with key steals and contesting shots. Offensively, Christian Ciarroni’s (WJ) playmaking ability facilitated high percentage shots for his teammates, while Josh Hauschild (We) knocked down a number of tough shots exactly when the team needed.
The 8As were slow out the gate against an energetic Barker side. Trailing at the half and being under-manned, Trinity did not shy away as they made a late push in the second half, managing several consecutive defensive stops led by Bailey Herden (He) and offensive scores from Cody Ramanauskas (Ke). Though Barker were victorious 37-28, the boys must be commended for their resiliency and team effort on both sides of the ball. A special mention to Angus Mansfield (Ke) who showed great courage as he suffered an injury during the game.
It was a near perfect opening half for Trinity, as they pounced to a commanding 21-7 lead. The Greens advantage was a result of their sheer determination and willingness to help each other defensively. The emphatic defence of Charlie Teulon (Ar) and Matthew Chen (Hi) in particular, enabled the boys to score several fast break layups and take the victory.
In a tight contest between two evenly matched teams, the 8Cs traded buckets for 38 minutes, only to fall short in last seconds of the match by two points. Tommy Luu (Ar) provided the team with plenty of energy on the break, whilst Ruben Lim (WJ) showed a remarkable ability to find space and finish through contact. Despite the disappointing result, the boys demonstrated excellent sportsmanship throughout the entire game.
Lockdown defence saw Trinity keep Barker out of the paint and off the scoreboard in a clear win to start the season. Isaac Sandroussi (We) and Alex Brown (Ho) dominated inside, boxing out, grabbing rebounds and generating multiple second-chance points. Dean Constantinou (Mu) was unstoppable on offence, beating defenders with superior footwork and scoring at will.
It was a low-scoring affair which ended in an exciting draw when the final siren sounded. Romeo Ozdemir (Du) was a superb playmaker and ball-handler while Baxter Fryer (Tu) and Scott Yuan (Fo) were excellent in transition, consistently outrunning their opponents and setting up easy scoring opportunities for their teammates.
The undermanned 8Fs, with some assistance from the 8Gs, stepped up and delivered a commanding win over the Barker. Ethan Zhang (Fo) set the tone early with a dominant first half that ignited Trinity’s offence, whilst CJ Nguyen (We) played an outstanding second half, attacking with confidence and ease.
The stellar defence of Nicholas Daw (Ta) and the consistent scoring of Aiden Lang (Ho) in transition allowed the men in Green to get out to a comfortable lead early in the game. With the game drawing to a close and the Trinity lead shrinking down to just two points, Khan Ozacardi (Fo) and Hugo Bruce (St) strung together back-to-back baskets in the final 30 seconds to steal the game.
Trinity controlled the game from the tip as a result of outstanding team defence, led by John Cronin (Sc) and his tenacious efforts, that resulted in Barker only able to score a single basket. Trinity’s offence followed suit, led by the scoring prowess of Memphis Lo (Ke), as they kept their foot on the gas, scoring effortlessly in transition to secure the easy victory.
Coming into this fixture, the side hadn’t played a competitive game of basketball in just under 12 months. But you wouldn’t have known that based on the performance they put up against Scots. Trinity dominated from start to finish, with Joseph Khor (Hi) and Hussien Zein (He) dominating on the offensive end. Antonio Fara (He) was also impressive in his debut for Trinity, providing some handy assists. Special mention must also go to Toby Jenkins (La) who showed grit and determination throughout the shortened clash, eventually scoring the team’s final basket on the buzzer.
This new-look team had prepared well and showed signs of hope in training over the last few months. All that hard work appeared to pay off, with a dominant second-half performance sealing the win for the 8Js. Ethan Zhang (Sc) was fantastic defensively, guarding Scots’ big man all game. Eason Fang (La) was a spark offensively, scoring much needed points in the first half. Credit must also go to Zeke Gourlas (La), Matthew Tse (Fo) and Jonathan Che (La) who added to Trinity’s total.
Ready and raring to go, the boys came out strong, commanding an impressive 15-3 lead in the opening minutes. Missed defensive rebounds and easy scores inside the key brought Barker back into the game and the scores stayed close for the rest of the match. In the closing stages of the game, some outstanding playmaking from Ezekiel Kho (Ar) and impressive finishing around the rim from Joel Lim (Yo) helped push Trinity over the line. Special mention to the defensive efforts of David Fisterman (WH) who modelled Trinity Basketball’s defensive-minded identity.
With a number of absences, the undermanned 7Bs displayed great resilience to stay in the game against a strong Barker team. In the first half, the boys struggled to rebound the ball, but made good progress correcting this issue in the second half with Adam El-Abd (Ar) leading the charge on that front. With a number of open jump shots not falling Trinity’s way, Jayden Rodger (Ta) cleaned up the misses with some great rebounding put backs. While fatigue proved too large a hurdle on this occasion, the team showed promising signs for the games to come.
Although it was a slow start to the first half, the 7Cs’ full court defence led to some quick baskets from Aston Youssef (St), resulting in a well-built lead going into the second half. However, Barker gained momentum after the break and narrowly edged in front before the closing siren. It should be noted George Drivas’ (Ta) eagerness to drive and score points in the paint kept Trinity in the match.
With some keys team members unavailable, the 7Ds struggled to keep up with Barker’s dominant defence and rebounding. Callum Evans (Fo) and Lachlan Green (Ta) demonstrated great resilience, not giving up and showing great enthusiasm on both offence and defence.
After a low-scoring first half, Trinity found its rhythm with unrivalled enthusiasm to run away with the game. Callum Charnock (We) had the hot hand, easily attacking the ring, while both William Sheldrick (We) and Ryan Kim (Ar) were excellent in transition, consistently outrunning their opponents and setting up easy buckets for Trinity. The boys moved the ball with great discipline and are looking good at the start of the season.
Similar to the 7Es, Trinity came out after the halftime break with an unmatched intensity and surged away to win the game. James Merry (Ho) was able to score a number of great baskets, while the tough defence of Denny So (Ta) made it difficult for Barker to score, which set up easy baskets for Trinity. The boys displayed great discipline and humility towards their opponent and are well prepared for the rest of the season.
A completely dominant display by the 7Hs, coming out strong straight from the tip off. Trinity clearly showed themselves to be the more organised team, as they shot out to a strong lead thanks to their fast break style of game. The boys were clearly more energetic and physical than their opponents, winning the race up the floor to often find Lachlan Conlan (La) and Anade Oboya (WH) open for easy baskets.
It was a tight game early before Trinity were able to create a six-point lead in the second half led by Louis Chan’s (Ta) perimeter shooting and Dylan Rattanasone’s (We) presence and finishing around the basket. The Barker team rallied late to tie the game, creating a back and forth score between the two teams as the final two minutes approached. Stellar defence by both teams resulted in a 20-20 draw in what was an intense and well-fought battle.
Ben Morrissey | MIC Basketball
TRINITY BASKETBALL RESULTS
CAS Round 1 versus Barker
|1sts||65-48 W||9A||65-23 W|
|2nds||47-28 W||9B||33-33 D|
|3rds||62-25 W||9C||31-33 L|
|4ths||48-35 W||9D||24-26 L|
|5ths||57-29 W||9E||20-25 L|
|6ths||36-35 W||9F||24-23 W|
|7ths||29-26 W||9G||19-18 W|
|8ths||45-9 W||9H||14-21 L|
|9ths||40-33 W||8A||28-37 L|
|10ths||28-25 W||8B||34-22 W|
|11ths||11-39 L||8C||21-23 L|
|12ths||31-44 L||8D||24-19 W|
|13ths||40-33 W||8E||15-15 D|
|14ths||31-44 L||8F||35-16 W|
|10A||48-36 W||8G||24-18 W|
|10B||35-30 W||8H||23-2 W|
|10C||29-43 L||8I||32-8 W|
|10D||18-33 L||8J||14-4 W|
|10E||18-29 L||7A||35-31 W|
|10F||16-34 L||7B||22-30 L|
|10G||25-27 L||7C||22-24 L|
|10H||18-36 L||7D||11-23 L|