Wildcats Take Game One of Rivalry

Oops… with the Bay Shore team in pursuit, Whitman’s Allek Hendrickson (22) almost overran his opportunity to add to the lead.
Oops… with the Bay Shore team in pursuit, Whitman’s Allek Hendrickson (22) almost overran his opportunity to add to the lead.
Senior forward Kola Adebola (11) was always a threat driving to the basket or taking a three-point shot.
Senior forward Kola Adebola (11) was always a threat driving to the basket or taking a three-point shot.
Senior guard Travaun Patron (12) always draws a crowd, because he’s always contributing.
Senior guard Travaun Patron (12) always draws a crowd, because he’s always contributing.
Bedel Saget (3) is a consistent scorer and rarely misses an opportunity.
Bedel Saget (3) is a consistent scorer and rarely misses an opportunity.

The game began as they usually do for these longtime rivals. The Bay Shore basketball program was always right there with Whitman's, vying for League II supremacy while giving spectators incredibly exciting action on the court. Last night's game was no different. Whitman was up 12-10 at the end of the first period and began an aggressive defense that kept Bay Shore to a 7-point second period, while the Wildcats doubled their rivals with 14 points, ending the first half up 26-17.

The third-period action continued with fast, aggressive play. Bay Shore junior Chris Adames exemplified the proud program, scoring 27 points on the night, but one man does not carry a team, and ultimately the Wildcats controlled the floor. Strong play was delivered by Allek Hendrickson, who scored 10 points; Bedel Saget, who scored 9 points; Kola Adebola, who scored 8 points, including a 3-pointer; and Travaun Patron, who scored 7 points which were accented by a perfectly timed 3-point basket.

Part of what keeps opposing teams a little wary of Whitman is that each of the Wildcat players finds their opportunity to step up with solid minutes and the ability to put up points. Also scoring for Whitman was Nima Esmizadeh, with 6 points; Savion Black, who added 4 points; Joey Grasso, who scored 3 points; and senior forward Angelou Paul, who added 2 points. 

Rival Bay Shore was not going away quietly though, and with the game clock ticking down, they closed the gap with a strong 15-point period. Nevertheless, the night belonged to the Wildcats.  They added their own 10 points, and a strong defense kept Bay Shore from catching up. Whitman won the first game of this rivalry 51-44. Both teams meet again in Bay Shore at the end of the month.