Wildcats Moving Forward, Ready for Gugliotta Tournament

Matt Stockfeder (15) played really hard and did a good job against Connetquot's, Dan Lewis (42). “He gave us really good energy off the bench and we're looking for him to be a big contributor this year providing senior leadership,” said Coach Fitz.
Matt Stockfeder (15) played really hard and did a good job against Connetquot's, Dan Lewis (42). “He gave us really good energy off the bench and we're looking for him to be a big contributor this year providing senior leadership,” said Coach Fitz.
Matt Kleet (5) shows great poise at the guard position and will provide senior leadership coupled with a solid outside shot.
Matt Kleet (5) shows great poise at the guard position and will provide senior leadership coupled with a solid outside shot.
Willie Petro (20) is an explosive player who is playing really hard, Willie made all tournament team in the Islip tournament in early December.
Willie Petro (20) is an explosive player who is playing really hard, Willie made all tournament team in the Islip tournament in early December.
Korey Lee (23) is a very good offensive player and is working hard to become that great all-round versatile player.
Korey Lee (23) is a very good offensive player and is working hard to become that great all-round versatile player.

It was a close game, with Connetquot taking an early 17-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. But once the Wildcats got going they out played and out scored their competitors for the next 2 quarters. “We tightened up our defense with the help of Matt Stockfeder and Spencer DeRosa, that gave us a lift in the 2nd quarter which helped us a lot,” said Varsity Head Coach Tom ‘Fitz’ Fitzpatrick.  Senior Matt Kleet with 17 points led Whitman scoring. “Matt shot the ball really well, I’m really proud of him,” said Coach Fitz. “Matt was injured in the beginning of the year, so this was his second game back and he has scored double figures in both, so he’s really stepped up for us as our shooting guard.”

Korey Lee led the Wildcats other scoring group with 9 points, Willie Petro added 6, Dylan McNally added 5, Brandon Corbin with 4 points and Matt Stockfeder with 2. Off the bench Spencer DeRosa gave the Wildcats some defensive energy, and Brandon Corbin gave a good second half. The game ended with the Wildcats down by 4 points, 47-43.

With the 27th Annual Frank Gugliotta Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament set to begin Tuesday December 29th, Coach Fitz has laid down his team’s priorities. “We need to execute our offense better, knowing the plays and running them correctly and executing is going to be key as we move forward.”

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The community is invited to join us for the 27th Annual Frank Gugliotta Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament.

Sponsored by the Wildcat Booster Club and the Walt Whitman Athletic Department

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

4PM- Ward Melville vs Huntington

6PM- Whitman vs Jericho

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

4PM- Consolation Bracket

6PM- Finals

 

All Games at Whitman’s North Gym

Tickets: $4. Adults- $1 Students

Proceeds go to the Gugliotta Scholarship Fund.