Basketball | CAS Round 3 versus St. Aloysius’developer
“Trinity get out muscled in another tough loss.”
The “Full House” sign went up in the Aloy’s Dalton Hall with student and former players from the Milson’s Point School pumped up to get behind their team. For second straight week Trinity fell behind early down 0-7 to a physical and determined Aloy’s team. Jesse Edwards (10WH) looked to carry Trinity as his back scoring 11 points in a row. Coming off the bench, Jed Moor (10WJ) gave the Greens some spark as Trinity closed the gap. Henry Mansfield (10Ke) made the most of his early minutes with a quick five points to close the first quarter. Defensively, Trinity are continuing to struggle on the defensive end giving up 33 points in opening quarter (25-33) and their inability to rebound is stifling the Greens’ running game. With backs against the wall, Trinity looked to get back into the game with Bailey Macarthur (10WJ) starting the second period attacking the rim with purpose as the Greens surged to be down by only two points. Unfortunately, Trinity’s inability to win the ball in 50/50 moments and allowing Aloy’s to consistently take the rebounding contest had the Greens down at the half 46-54.
After the break, Aloy’s bigs continued to destroy Trinity in the middle and the lead extended to 18 points by the end of the third period (53-71). Trinity were able to slow Aloy’s run in the final quarter, but the damage was done in their 23-point defeat (65-88). If the Firsts are to turn their season around, they will have to become more physical in the middle at both ends and be focused and buy in to playing tough, relentless and desperate defence which Trinity have made their hallmark for decades.
Jesse Edwards – 24 pts. 4 rebs.
Bailey Macarthur – 13 pts. 5 rebs.
Myles Buvac – 6 pts. 4 rebs.
Henry Mansfield – 5 pts. 5 rebs.
Trinity’s preparation was focused on trying to block out the raucous crowd, and getting off to a good start was crucial. The Greens executed this with Peter Tanevski (10WH) starting the game on fire knocking down multiple three pointers and notching up 16 points in the first half. The Greens swarmed defensively and took away a lot of what Aloy’s was trying to do, with Adam Taleb (11Mu) and William Constanti (10La) controlling the middle to see Trinity lead by nine points at the main break.
Coming out in the second half, Noah De Barros (11Ke) led Trinity in scoring with ten much needed points in the third and fourth quarters combined. After starting the fourth quarter with a healthy 16-point lead, St. Aloysius’ rallied and the crowd really made their mark, as the lead quickly vanished. A few crucial plays down the stretch by Adam Taleb ensured the Greens managed to just hang on for a tight 2-point win.
Adam Taleb – 16 pts. 8 rebs. 6 stls.
Peter Tanevski – 16 pts. 4 asts.
Noah De Barros – 10 pts.
After another slow start, the Thirds started to gel as a team to go into the half-time break up 13 points. Paris Karakikes (11Hi) absolutely dominated with his outside shooting racking almost half Trinity’s entire points hall. Jackson Greck (11Fo) also had a high scoring game with 21 points to his name. Jackson had to play the number centre position for a fair portion of the game and rebounded the ball consistently to feed his teammates. Trinity’s defence was strong forcing numerous Aloy’s turnovers to secure a third straight win.
Solid team structure allowed Trinity to match St Aloysius’ on the scoreboard as the Greens went to the breakup two points. In the second half, Trinity took control with many steals resulting in consecutive fast-break baskets. Marc Barakat (11Mu) top scored with 18 points and a strong game under the basket in both defence and offence for Ari Tashtan (11Ke) and Felix Hindle (10WJ).
The fighting Fifths turned up at Willoughby with a determination to put Aloy’s to bed early. At the end of the game, Trinity held off a hungry Aloy’s team to earn a solid 12-point victory. Pete Mitrokas (11Mu) proved effective off the boards at both ends with Gabriel Simoes Peixeiro (11Sc) also busy in the paint. The Greens’ offensive play and defensive press is improving, and the team is learning the importance of our “next play” mantra.
The mighty Sixths made it three straight wins with another solid performance coming away with a tough 5-point victory through some very good defensive in the first half. Kelvin Kong (11Ar) and Emile Harb (11Sc) again led the team with determination. Lawrence Hoe (10Yo) was very effective off the boards at both ends. Teamwork and a positive attitude showed strongly again as the Green men held the Golds at bay.
Continuing on from their current strong form, the 7ths won by nine points at Aloy’s. In a fast start, the athleticism of Bier Chen (11Yo), Oscar Parsons (10Ta), and the tough rebounding by Oscar Hartzenberg (10Yo) and Liam Wingrave (11Ar) had Trinity leading 15-6 at half-time. In a controlled second-half performance by Brandon Lieu (Ho) organised the team both offensively and defensively which laid a solid platform for the Greens to score 24 second half points. Sam Eastwood (10He) led the scoring with ten points, as great Trinity teamwork earned the boys a second straight win.
After a disruptive training week, the 8ths started very slowly, going down 8-0 in the opening minutes of the game. Down only six points at the break, Trinity re-focussed and adjusted their tactics, which saw the Greens storm back into the game. Led by the energy of Joseph Cantlon (11St) and Timothy Squires (10Yo) and the physicality of Marcus Ticic (10Sc), Lachlan Dai (Du) made a positive impact scoring key baskets and Nicholas Ayoub (Fo) landed a big three points with one minute to play, to bring Trinity to within two points of St. Aloy’s. With a few seconds of the game to go, the 7ths had the opportunity to complete a remarkable comeback, but unfortunately it didn’t fall for the Greens, who gallantly lost by just two points.
A strong performance and great team effort resulted in an excellent win for the 9ths. Excellent rebounding and shooting from inside the paint by Blake Whitaker (10La) helped with a strong start to the game. Some high intensity offence in the last five minutes of the first half allowed St. Aloysius’ back into the game with a narrow lead at half time. Trinity came out strong in the second half, with Max Anderson (10Hi) scoring six points and two steals in a 3-minute period to extend a lead from which St Aloysius’ could not claw back, to give the Greens their first win of the season.
The 10Bs put up an impressive defensive effort to beat St Aloysius’ and get their first win of the season. The Greens started strong, getting out to a 12-0 lead early; this was due to the full court pressure by Jacob Pham (WH) and Liam Wu (Sc) who both got steals and then converted into fast break layups. As St Aloysius’ was making a comeback towards the end of the second half, John Mills (Ta) got important rebounds and assists to keep the lead. Vasili Armenis (He) brought the game home at the end, getting needed scores and stops, and helping ensure the Trinity victory.
After a back-and-forth first half, the 10Cs were determined to pull away after the break. Through some impressive defensive stops as a team, led by Luke Niulala (St) and Alan Chen (Fo), Trinity sealed the game in a 10-point victory, maintaining their undefeated run.
After last week’s disappointing loss, the 10Ds began with a higher level of intensity that proved the difference early. Isaac Irwin (Yo) proved to be a menace on the defensive end, and combined with some impressive transition basketball led by Reuben Chong (Hi), the Greens pulled away to a very impressive 39-point victory.
Although only having five players on the day, the 10Es were not fazed and were ready for the game. Through their impressive team basketball and transition on both sides of the floor, led by Harry Vine (Mu) and Kiran Siva (Ke), they were able to build a strong advantage over Aloy’s in a gutsy team win by Trinity.
From tip-off, Trinity were firing on all cylinders. Impressive defensive efforts led by Lucas Michael (Ke) accompanied by their high paced offence gave the Greens the early lead. Hunter Knight (WH) and Kenneth Rathmore (He) proved too much for Aloy’s in a solid 18-point win.
This week the 10Gs were determined to turn around their season. Trinity started the game playing aggressive defence and reducing the number of turnovers compared to previous weeks. The boys were able to get to develop a strong double-digit lead at half time. All players made contributions on the scoreboard and continued their standard of play from the first half to win comfortably. Special mentions to Ben Ugov (He) leading in points for the team with 14 points and Michael Kordian (Hi) leading the team in assists with multiple assists in the game.
Trinity were ready to bounce back after last week’s tight loss to Barker and started off strong with many points coming from the paint, and with Louis Lusty (Sc) dominating down low. The 10Hs were able to shut down St Aloysius’ with tight defence and go to the half with a strong 13-point lead. In the second half, the boys were able to push the tempo even further; strong offensive and defence rebounding by Sam Griffiths (Sc) and Gerald Ong (Yo) allowed them to get many second chance points and score in the paint. Most notable mentions go to Sam Griffiths, Gerald Ong and Louis Lusty, all finishing with 12 points each.
The thrilling one-point win by the 9As was a tight contest all the way through with many lead changes and runs made by both teams. After starting the game with an 8-0 run led by strong work at both ends by Brooklyn Virgo (La), the game settled and was a battle all the way through. The energy, effort, and defence by Cody Ramanauskas (Ke) and Christian Gregory (WH) and the second unit coming off the bench was what made the difference as well as Bailey Herden (He) who delivered with clutch points at crucial stages.
It was a very rollercoaster game offensively for the 9Bs, who started second half down 18-0 with many opportunities not falling Trinity’s way. Trinity’s attitude and energy stayed positive and with that, led by David Sukkar (Ta) the Greens made a huge run in the second half together with good defence led by Xavier Potts (Mu) and Giacomo Ricci (La) we were able to get with in a basket of Aloy’s only to just fall short.
Despite the loss, the 9Cs have been building each game and at training and this was evident in their improved performance. Dean Constantinou (Mu) played with great effort and was able to force several turnovers by being in the passing lanes, disrupting Aloy’s offence. Alex Brown (Ho) was able to adjust his play style during the game and help create more movement and space for his teammates. Unfortunately, the final push by the boys didn’t quite get over the hump and it was a narrow 5-point loss.
Despite being down two players, the Ds were able to build on disappointment of the 3-point loss the week before to secure a desperate 1-point victory. Scoring was low in this game due to great effort from the boys on the defensive end to snuff out any easy scores. Austin Wu (We) provided energy on both ends of the floor, creating disruptions on defence and turning it into easy points at the other end. Trinity were able to rally late and take a 1-point lead from a huge Dominic Chen (Ar). Dean Roditis (WJ) and Jonathan Gergis (WJ) played solid defence throughout the final parts of the game, helping secure the win. Wonderful team win all around, with every player contributing to the victory.
It was the 9Gs’ toughest game this season and they started the game well in a low scoring affair early in the first half. Trinity missed numerous opportunities before getting in rhythm. Ethan Zhang (Sc) was impactful off the bench, picking up eight points and dominating the boards.
By far the best game the Trinity boys have played. Previous close losses only fuelled the desire to win even more, and the boys turned up for a big one. Impact from the bench was just as good as the starting group. Special mention to Milo Saunders (Ar) and Jonah Feltaous (He) on combining for 30 points.
Consistency is starting to show for this group, being rewarded with another solid win over Grammar Gs. Now that the group are starting to understand that defence creates offence, the 9Is are starting to see a commitment from players to “get back” and do their job without the ball. Vansh Nair (Mu) again lead the way defensively and added composure in scoring consistently. Special mention to Tristan Bang (La) for his efforts on the defensive end and also for scoring a couple of buckets in a tight game.
Trinity bounced back tremendously after last week’s heavy loss, winning by 21 points over Grammar Hs. After conceding two quick baskets and a free throw early on, the boys only conceded one more basket late on after scoring 28 consecutive points. Zeke Gourlas (La) was tireless at both ends, leading to double-figure scoring and plenty of hustle to setup his teammates. Oscar Luton (We) led the way with defensive rebounds leading to points down the other end.
Trinity snatched a thrilling win over a tenacious St Aloysius’ team with a strong second half powered by another dominant performance from Kyle Jiang (Sc). Kyle was unstoppable in the paint, scoring a game-high 15 points, including the last six for Trinity and the game-winning layup in traffic. He was ably supported by the dogged defensive play of David Chang (WJ) and the court savvy of Eligh Balic (Ho), who finished with seven points.
With new addition Kai Famlonga (Yo) grabbing key rebounds and throwing outlet passes, Trinity kept pace with Aloysius’ to tie the game at the half. Morris Buckle (Ke) and Jonah Sidney (La) ran the floor tirelessly, converting steals and rebounds into fast break points. However, Aloy’s came out on top with height and better shooting in a close loss for the boys.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, the 8Js headed to Sydney’s CBD to play an exciting round of Basketball. Although it was a low scoring game, a competitive Trinity side took the lead early on over Sydney Grammar and managed to keep them scoring until the second half. Luca Scamarcia (La) led the scoring on six points, with Thomas Joannou (Du) and Andrew Lin (WJ) on four each and Joshua Quibell (WJ), Jack Wong (Du) and Ryn Vu (Ho) on two points each. Well done to the 8Js on securing back-to-back victories.
Ben Morrissey | Director of Basketball