The 2015 Frank Gugliotta Memorial Tournament

Congratulations to our tournament champions. Matt Kleet (center) holds the championship trophy, Korey Lee (5th from right) was the Tournament MVP, and Brandon Corbin and Willie Petro (4th from right) earned All-Tournament team awards.
Congratulations to our tournament champions. Matt Kleet (center) holds the championship trophy, Korey Lee (5th from right) was the Tournament MVP, and Brandon Corbin and Willie Petro (4th from right) earned All-Tournament team awards.
Varsity Coach Tom Fitzpatrick (facing camera) and assistant coach Ray Eatmon diagram how they would like to maximize the remaining time in the first half.
Varsity Coach Tom Fitzpatrick (facing camera) and assistant coach Ray Eatmon diagram how they would like to maximize the remaining time in the first half.
Korey Lee (23) a 6’4 junior guard turned in an MVP performance. “Kory was our high scorer in both games and he played terrific,” said Coach Fitzpatrick.
Korey Lee (23) a 6’4 junior guard turned in an MVP performance. “Kory was our high scorer in both games and he played terrific,” said Coach Fitzpatrick.
After a turnover by Hills, senior Willie Petro (20) speeded his way down court for an uncontested score.
After a turnover by Hills, senior Willie Petro (20) speeded his way down court for an uncontested score.
Junior forward Brandon Corbin (3) earned All-Tournament honors and was a solid contributor start to finish.
Junior forward Brandon Corbin (3) earned All-Tournament honors and was a solid contributor start to finish.

In round one of the 27th Annual Frank Gugliotta Memorial Tournament, Whitman maintained a commanding lead and fended off a second half drive by Jericho.  The Wildcats took a 54-35 win to launch them into the championship round. High scorers for Whitman included Korey Lee with 18 points and Brandon Corbin with 13 points. Other team scoring in the Jericho game was as follows: Willie Petro-6 points; Avery McKenzie- 5 points; Spencer DeRosa- 4 points; Dylan McNally- 4 points; Matt Kleet- 3 points; and James Mattutat- 1 point.

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In the tournament final, Whitman and Ward Melville opened to a blistering pace as each team traded goals; the Wildcats took the edge 18-15 at the end of the first period. In the second period Ward Melville exerted their speed and shoot prowess as they netted 11 points giving them a 26-24 lead as the teams took a break at the half.  “They came out at the half playing a zone defense and our guys did a great job of picking it up and executing,” said Coach Tom 'Fitz' Fitzpatrick. “We went on a 17-3 run as the 3rd period closed and it provided great momentum.”  The third period ended with Whitman bettering their opponent 22-7.

The Wildcats continued their strength in the beginning of the fourth period and then endured a scare as Ward Melville went on a 13-0 scoring run that closed the gap in the final two and a half minutes. “We need to correct those mistakes we made in the last two and a half minutes, make some adjustments and move forward,” said Coach Fitz.  The 27th Annual Tournament ended with hosts Walt Whitman winning a close and exciting game 58-56. "I would like to thank all of the spectators who came out to support their teams and once again supported this great cause," added Coach Fitzpatrick.

Korey Lee was the tournament MVP, and Brandon Corbin and Willie Petro earned all-tournament team awards.

Team scoring in the Ward Melville game was as follows:  Korey Lee- 22 points; Willie Petro-13 points; Dylan McNally- 9 points; Brandon Corbin- 8 points; Matt Stockfeder- 4 points; and Matt Kleet- 2 points.

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