The 2017-2018 Tri-Town Basketball season ended on Thursday, March 8 with an exciting Finals Night at Old Rochester Regional High School.
The first game of the evening was the Tri-Town Girls 3rd-6th Grade Finals with team Fever coached by Joel and Kelly Watters and the Sparks coached by Dave Silva and Tara Nelson. The Sparks had the lead going into the fourth quarter with strong performances from Joie Ciffolillo (8 points), Alivia Miranda (7 points), Elise Modracek (4 points) and Addison Roy (2 points), but in the last minute of the game the Fever’s Ava Strand made two foul shots to win the game 22-21. The Fever’s Liza Feeney and Leah Bertrand each had 9 points and Meredith Cameron had 2 points and a strong defensive night along with three steals. It was an exciting finish to a great season. The league had over 50 participants and four teams. Team Storm coached by Matt Daniels finished the regular season in first place but was defeated in the Semi-Finals. Team Mercury coached by Airami Bentz and Anna Ward also had a strong season. A huge thank you to all of the great coaches for an amazing season.
The Boys 3rd & 4th Grade Finals had the Sixers coached by Peter Brezinski and Gary Mills playing the Trailblazers coached by Kirk Bosma. The Trailblazers had strong performances from Luke Oliveira (10 points), Bryce Fortin (6 points), Ambrose Cole (4 points) and Trystan Lienkamp. The Sixers held the Trailblazers with strong shooting from Aiden Deery (9 points), Logan Hiles (6 points), Brady Mills (4 points), Tanner Texeira (3 points), and Sebastian Romig, Nolin Viera and Jacob Gear (2 points each). They prevailed with a final score of 28-22. The Boys 3rd/4th League had over 60 participants and six teams that battled all season. Thanks to all of the volunteer coaches: Jen Porter – Warriors, Tara Nelson – Knicks, Chris Kiselica – Hornets, and Mike Devoll – Celtics. The players improved dramatically over the season thanks to all of the efforts of a great group of coaches.
The Boys 5th & 6th Grade League had the final game of the evening. The Lakers coached by Tim Plante faced the Spurs coached by Jim Higgins and Carter Hunt. The Lakers were led by Chase Besancon (6 points) and Asher O’Brien-Nichols (5 points) but couldn’t hold the Spurs who dominated the boards with strong rebounding by Noah Pittsley, Colin Stuessi, and Nick & Will Fringuelli. The Spurs had many scoring contributors: John Higgins, John Horan and Vincent Suh each had 4 points; Dillon Hunt had 3 points; and Jackson Gierhart, Colin Stuessi and Nick Fringuelli each had 2 points. The final score was Spurs 20-11. The league had over 60 players and six teams. The Cavaliers coached by Will Huggins and Charles Viera and the Mavericks coached by Glenn Raposa were defeated in the semi-finals. The Thunder coached by Matthew Perry and the Rockets coached by Kurt Smiley also had strong seasons.
The Tri-Town Basketball League is run by Mattapoisett and Marion Recreation and is open to all 3rd-6th Graders in the Tri-Town. Teams are coached by volunteers from all three towns and practices and games are held in gyms throughout the Tri-Town. The league had over 180 players this season.