Basketball Classic Increases Awareness

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Whitman senior Nima Esmizadeh (21) had a big night under the boards with 8 points and 7 rebounds.
Whitman senior Nima Esmizadeh (21) had a big night under the boards with 8 points and 7 rebounds.
Savion Black worked hard for his 6 points and 7 rebounds.  The 6’2” senior center hit a critical jump shot with 58 seconds left in the game to anchor the win for Whitman.
Savion Black worked hard for his 6 points and 7 rebounds. The 6’2” senior center hit a critical jump shot with 58 seconds left in the game to anchor the win for Whitman.
Bedel Saget exhibits tremendous hustle and was successful in keeping the ball inbounds and a Whitman possession.
Bedel Saget exhibits tremendous hustle and was successful in keeping the ball inbounds and a Whitman possession.
There was no slowing down senior Travaun Patron who posted 8 points on the night.
There was no slowing down senior Travaun Patron who posted 8 points on the night.

In the closing round of this year’s Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Classic, Whitman’s girls varsity team traveled to Northport, and the Northport boys team traveled to Whitman. The Tigers of Northport and the Whitman Wildcats split the wins, but the cause is the real winner.
 
The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The program seeks to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living among students, faculty and staff, fans, and the community at large. Information on donations made during the month of January, when both series are played, will be available after final counting, but this year, like most in the past, contributions continue at record pace.
 
Whitman’s boys team ended a strong first period up 7-5 and then went basket for basket with their rivals, ending the first half up 17-15. The third period was when the Wildcats caught fire, with an explosive 19-point period to Northport’s 11 points. And, surprising almost everyone except Northport and their fans, the Tigers roared back in the fourth period with their own 19 points compared to Whitman’s 11. In the end it was that first period that was the difference, with Whitman coming away with the 47-45 victory. Scoring for Whitman were: Nima Esmizadeh - 8 points; Allek Hendrickson - 8 points; Travaun Patron - 8 Points; Bedel Saget - 8 points; Savion Black - 6 points; Joey Grasso - 3 points, Julian Kleberg - 3 points, Gary Harris - 2 points, and Kola Adebola - 1 point.
 
For the Lady Wildcats, getting off to a slow start put them in trouble going into the home stretch. The first period ended with the Northport Tigers up 11-3. But the Wildcats answered back in the second period, with 10 points of their own compared to Northport’s 13. But the hole got a little deeper. With the Wildcats warmed up, the two teams played tough, with Northport scoring only 2 more points than Whitman in the second half. It was that early slow start that would come back to haunt Whitman, with a final score of 38-25. Scoring for Whitman were: Rosa Portaro - 8 points, Rose Pedretti - 7 points, Casey Martin - 6 points, Brittney Coleman - 3 points, and Zenab Ojibe - 1 point.