Basketball | CAS Round 1 versus Cranbrookdeveloper
“Trinity begin CAS with a dominant performance in Cranbrook’s stunning new facility.”
Playing in Cranbrook’s beautiful new facility to open the season, Trinity were focused and relentless from the opening minutes as they jumped out to a double-digit lead quickly. The Firsts’ full court pressure resulted in some quick baskets from both beyond the arc and in the paint with Jesse Edwards (10WH) and Myles Buvac (9WJ) combing for the 15 straight points to start the quarter. Ollie Orr (10Ho) was also causing havoc as he drained another triple from deep and then off the bench Ethan Marten-Coney (9Ho) made an immediate impact, picking up a quick nine points as the Greens led by 20 points at the first break (17-37). The onslaught continued in the second period as Noah Herden (10He) made some strong drives to the basket and Bailey Macarthur (9WJ) drilled another ‘3’, the fifth for the half to give Trinity a commanding first half lead (62-36).
Trinity came out strong after the main break with Ollie Smith (11Ar) finding space and Jed Moor (10WJ) finishing strong at the basket to see the Greens extend the lead at one point to 30 plus points before, and maintained their 26 point margin (86-60) at the end of the third period. Henry Mansfield (10Ke) and Liam Isaako (10WJ) kept the scoreboard ticking over in the final quarter, grabbing offensive boards and making Cranbrook pay. With the game wrapped up, Cranbrook went on a late run as Trinity lost focus on the defensive end, but the damage was well and truly done, taking the opening game and as they poured in 100 plus points (103-87).
Jesse Edwards – 25 pts. 7 rebs. 3 asts.
Myles Buvac – 9 pts. 4 rebs. 7 asts.
Bailey Macarthur – 15 pts.
Ethan Marten-Coney – 13 pts. 9 rebs.
The Seconds were excited and nervous at the same time, as they ventured to Cranbrook’s newly-built gym, making the occasion a bigger than usual opening game. A packed grandstand full of a pumped-up Cranbrook student body didn’t deter Trinity, as the boys started well in the first quarter to lead by five points (16-11). Jamison Urch (10WH) came off the bench and contributed two much needed three-pointers and a few layups, to open up a double-digit lead before Cranbrook made a late run. The Greens headed to the main break still ahead by five points (28-23). Adam Taleb’s (11Mu) presence in the paint at both ends of the floor kept Cranbrook at bay.
A fired-up Cranbrook stormed back into the contest in the fourth period to take the lead. The home crowd was in a frenzy as the game became a pressure cooker. Dennis Petrides (11Yo) made some solid plays on the defensive end and was steady from the free throw line, as the game went back and forth. In the final two minutes, with Trinity down one, Seconds captain Sam Payne (11WJ) stepped up to hit a huge go-ahead three-pointer in front of the Cranbrook bench. Payne was big in the final quarter scoring all of Trinity’s eight points and securing a very important road win (46-42) for the Seconds to start the season.
Sam Payne – 11 pts. 4 rebs.
Adam Taleb – 9 pts. 11 rebs.
Denis Petrides – 10 pts.
Jamison Urch – 8 pts.
By the reaction of the audience, this was the closest and most exciting game with the scores see-sawing throughout the game until the last few seconds. Nick Protopsaltis (11Yo) provided great control in defence, able to steal many balls and retrieve many rebounds to give Trinity the best chance of staying in touch. Matthew Nasr (10Mu) was strategic in his play and helped pull the team together. Lachlan Chung’s (11Ho) defensive abilities kept the Thirds in the opening half. With 14 seconds to go Trinity were up two points, and Cranbrook launched a three-point attempt that just missed. Cranbrook grabbed the rebound and were fouled and with both teams in the bonus, Cranbrook could only make the one free throw. Trinity were then fouled and calmly made one of the two attempts to seal a great two-point win.
After a slow start, Trinity finally started to move the ball around as a team. Ryan Geddes (11Mu) put a lot of defensive pressure on Cranbrook in the transition and Mark Bakarat (11Mu) was able to get free of the defence and had a good sequence of unanswered baskets just before half-time. Felix Hindle (10WJ) and Ethan Albrighton (10Sc) controlled the paint at both ends. In the second half the Greens started to play solid ‘team’ basketball, which allowed the Fourths to skip away for a solid 22-point victory.
Despite facing up to Cranbrook on their slick new court, with only eight players available the mighty Green men shot out of the blocks and never looked back. At the final whistle the Sixths had amassed a commanding 27-point victory. Alex Fisterman (11Sc) and Ryan De Dominicis (11Fo) combined for 25 points dominating all over the court, by driving with purpose and popping shots in from the edge and in the paint. Ryan Mahoney (10Sc) dropped in eight points and Chase Quach (10Du) 11 points but were also both busy picking up steals and setting up teammates. Ty Garaci (11Ho) and Emile Harb (11Sc) ensured Trinity’s defence was organised and relentless, whilst Lawrence Hoe (10Yo) was tough on the offensive boards.
After a very slow first half performance which saw the 7ths down 23-5 at the break, the group showed tremendous character and attitude in the second half to reduce the margin substantially to eventually go down by ten points. Hugo Van Hal (10Mu) produced back to back three-pointers and some great hustle by Oscar Parsons (10Ta) and Oscar Hartzenberg (10Yo) aided by some strong transition from Sam Eastwood (10He) and Andrew Yang (11Hi) saw Trinity close the gap in the last few moments of the game.
An exciting and quick game saw the Trinity win in a tight contest by two points to an athletic Cranbrook team. Trinity started fast to take a 7-0 lead through some great transition play from Ross Oddie (11Fo) and Timothy Squires (10Yo). Some great touch and physical play by Marcus Ticic (10Sc) and Liam Wingrave (11Ar), aided by the finesse of John Mitrothanasis (11WH) saw the Greens control in the tense final seconds to secure a great first-up victory.
Trinity’s teamwork and determination to win the first game was clear to see with some excellent early points by Joe Cantlon (11St) and Finley Ross (11WH) showing strength in offence and defence. Cranbrook scored the final basket of the half to go in 16-14 at half time. Cranbrook came out in the second half and blitzed the first ten minutes to take a strong lead. Charlie Naffah (11Du) helped rally the 9ths with some excellent passing and Emmanuel Rizkalla (11Sc) hit a three-point swish in the final minute to tie the game with 30 seconds remaining. Cranbrook then launched a wildly shot with ten seconds remaining and Trinity hearts sank as the ball somehow dropped through the net. A timeout was called, and the ball advanced with three seconds on the clock. It went to Emmanuel Rizkalla who found space and under pressure took the potential game-winning shot, only to agonisingly bounce out to see the boys go down gallantly by two points.
The 10ths started strongly with some early points with Jack Athanassiou (10Ar) scoring some valuable points and George Georges (10We) nailing a three-point at the half to give Trinity a narrow lead. A fight back in the second half brought Cranbrook level with tight defence from both teams. The game was tied 28-28 going into the final minute and Cranbrook stole possession, scoring with seconds to go and an agonising loss.
After a back-and-forth first period, the 10Cs built and early lead in the second half through their dominance on both ends of the floor. Led by the paint presence of Alan Chen (Fo) and Matthew Barter (St), Trinity were able to close out the game, starting the season with a well-earned victory.
In a tightly contested first half, Trinity came out firing after the break as a result of their high tempo offence and impressive team defence. Benjamin Keogh (Ta) and Sam Gimenez-Mcalpine (Ke) were dominant on both sides of the floor and aided the Ds in the closing moments of the game, starting the season with a great team win.
The 10Es narrowly lost to Cranbrook by just two points, despite maintaining a small lead for most of the game. Josh Hauschild (We) secured many rebounds and used his height well for the team. Jonathan Ly (Sc) slowed the game down when needed and maintained strong control, and Harry Vine (Mu) showed great skill and determination all game.
The 10Fs had a clear win over Cranbrook by seven points. Trinity played at a fast pace and with good communication all game. Ahmad Ammoura (We) maintained strong control of the ball, while Joshua Kirk (Fo) and Travis Ng (WJ) showed considerable skill and speed, scoring multiple times just when needed. Everyone in the team encouraged each other and, in the end, it was pleasing to beat a team who was taller on average.
Trinity knew they had a big challenge against an athletic and fast Cranbrook team. It was a physical contest with Cranbrook getting to an early lead 6-0. The boys were able to fight back with baskets from Michael Kordian (Hi), Ben Ugov (He) and Oliver Iwanicki (Ho) with the team going into half time trailing by three points. Unfortunately, too many costly turnovers from missed passes and lack of aggression on defence allowed too many second chances for Cranbrook to score, which cost Trinity in the end going down by ten points.
The inclement weather made the basketball match challenging with slippery conditions on court. However, this did not impact the boys’ determination to get the win. Trinity started off with two quick buckets from Jameson Chau-Vuu (We) but sloppy defence allowed Cranbrook to come back into the game and boys went into half time trailing by a basket. Half time allowed the boys to reset and play stricter defence and the boys were able to shut down Cranbrook with solid man-to-man defence and dominating the boards on rebounds. Trinity was able to solidify their lead with contributions from Michael Metlege (Ar) 4 points, Gerald Ong (Yo) 4 points, Mitchell Bowden (La) 4 points, Louis Lusty (Sc) 6 points and Riley Coneliano (Fo) with 8 points.
After a low-scoring half from both teams the second half picked up with our guards, especially Zac Tashtan (Ke) attacking the basket and getting us early easy points. Trinity’s bench played terrifically with Samuel Michail (Hi) and Ryan Lee (Du) coming in and playing important minutes, but it wasn’t quite enough with the Greens going down by four points.
After a slow start, Dean Constaninou (Mu) and Tommy Luu (Ar) got Trinity going with some quick baskets. It was a closely contested first half, as the margin was never more than a three- or four-point difference either way. In the second half, Christian Marzullo (WJ) helped lift the intensity to inspire Trinity. After falling behind by seven, The Greens rallied to within one point, and unfortunately missed a few opportunities to win the game at the death, going down by just two points.
Isaac Sandroussi (We) was dominant from the jump, scoring tough baskets inside to have the Greens up early. Off the bench, Dominic Chen (Ar) provided a spark by scoring and assisting on a few much-needed baskets, to have Trinity up three points at half time. The second half started very slow for the 9Ds as they fell behind, and momentum was with Cranbrook. Coming off the bench Dean Roditis (WJ) went on a tear with a flurry of quick layups, which was followed by Ethan Hilton (Ta) to close the game with some amazing individual efforts to seal the win for Trinity.
A slow start from the 9Es and a strong Cranbrook defence, resulted in the first half scoreline being low from both sides. After some reassuring words from team captain Lucas Christou (St) at half time, Trinity began to take control and play Greens-style basketball, which was led by some composed passing and ball handling by the captain. Big men of the 9Es in Kevin Pham (WJ) and Scott Yuan (Fo) began to dominate the paint, pulling in rebounds and moving the ball up court with ease. This winning performance was capped off by some beautiful mid-range shooting from Lachlan Thich (Ho).
After narrow trial loss to Newington last week the team’s resilience was on show. The boys stepped up, putting on a show with a very dominant display against Cranbrook. Kandeas Marangou (WJ) and Memphis Lo (Ke) controlled the tempo of the game giving Trinity plenty of opportunities for points.
It was a narrow but difficult loss to take as Trinity went down in the last second of the game after making a great comeback. The 9Hs started slowly, allowing Cranbrook to go up by ten points early in the first half. Some good decisions in offence led by Ayman Kassem (WH) got the scoring going. Milo Saunders (Ar) played great to lead Trinity’s scoring.
In their first game for the year our 9Js matched up against Barker and in a close contest the boys came away with a gripping three-point win. Trinity got off to a solid start, scoring first and were never caught up by the opposition; even when they got within a point our boys held them at bay. Heading into the final minute with a one-point lead, Piero Tofalakis (WJ) iced the game with a bucket. All players contributed on both ends of the court, with special mention to Max Tyson (St) who scored 12.
In a game plagued by fouls Trinity managed to survive, securing a narrow four-point victory. The first few possessions looked promising, as Zeke Kho (Ar) and Sam De Alwis (We) combined for back to back baskets because of their eager anticipation defensively. Despite such a start, points were scarce for both teams, as the first half concluded with the Greens slightly ahead (9-5). As foul trouble effected the rotations for the 8As, both David Fisterman (WH) and Alex Hu (WH) stepped up and provided a much-needed spark, which included some vital defensive efforts down the stretch. The boys demonstrated a great attitude and resilience in the opening game which are great traits to have going into the CAS season.
Late-game turnovers cost the 8Cs in a close loss to Cranbrook. Despite the outcome of the final few minutes, the boys looked like the better team, with excellent transition defence led by Ethan Farrah (He) and Makoto Chapman (Du). Roderick Chang (Yo) was the standout on offence, driving to the rim with ease and scoring a game-high 12 points, including a perfect four from four at the free throw line.
The 8Fs got off to a strong start, led by Anish Sukumaran (La), making it look easy with his stellar defence and transition buckets. Samuel Oliver (St) brought his usual Patrick Beverley-style ball-pressure, causing turnover after turnover and following them up with consistent finishing on the other end. Leading the men in Green to the finish line was Jake Heald (Ar) whose steady defence and crunch-time points kept Trinity in front, for a five-point victory.
From the tip off to the final buzzer, Trinity showcased an unmatched ferocity to take a commanding lead which was maintained the entire match. Asher Thomsen (Hi) and Aiden Coelho (La) played smothering defence and grabbed key rebounds to prevent any Cranbrook second-chance scoring opportunities. Preston Lo (Ke) managed the transition offence to pass the ball ahead to assist fastbreak baskets for the outstanding 25-point Trinity blowout.
Ben Morrissey | Director of Basketball
|TRINITY BASKETBALL RESULTS|
|CAS rnd. 1 versus Cranbrook|
|1sts||103-87 W||9A||41-57 L|
|2nds||46-42 W||9B||19-26 L|
|3rds||34-32 W||9C||27-29 L|
|4ths||44-22 W||9D||37-30 W|
|5ths||20-36 L||9E||30-13 W|
|6ths||44-17 W||9F||19-39 L|
|7ths||29-38 L||9G||39-30 W|
|8ths||24-22 W||9H||30-32 L|
|9ths||30-33 L||9I vs. Newington||18-30 L|
|10ths||28-30 L||9J vs Barker I||22-19 W|
|11ths||20-33 L||8A||24-20 W|
|12ths||19-29 L||8B||23-30 L|
|10A||29-36 L||8C||42-47 L|
|10B||23-29 L||8D||33-43 L|
|10C||39-32 W||8E||22-35 L|
|10D||37-32 W||8F||25-20 W|
|10E||29-31 L||8G||31-6 W|
|10F||27-20 W||8H||18-29 L|
|10G||26-36 L||8I||26-34 L|
|10H||34-20 W||8J vs. Knox K||11-31 L|
|17 Wins, 23 Losses, 0 Draw|