Season Wrap for Boys Basketball

Senior left to right at the beginning of the season: Matt Kleet, Spencer DeRosa, Willie Petro, Dylan McNally, Matt Stockfeder, and Avery McKenzie.
Senior left to right at the beginning of the season: Matt Kleet, Spencer DeRosa, Willie Petro, Dylan McNally, Matt Stockfeder, and Avery McKenzie.
Senior players, their families and coaches take a moment of recognition at the beginning of their last home game.
Senior players, their families and coaches take a moment of recognition at the beginning of their last home game.
Korey Lee (23) a 6’4” junior guard saw extensive court time this season and will be a big component next year.
Korey Lee (23) a 6’4” junior guard saw extensive court time this season and will be a big component next year.

The Whitman Varsity Boys Basketball team ended a tough season with an away game at Lindenhurst. The Bulldogs got off to a quick start in their home closer but the Wildcats battled back and were up in the 4th period and unable hold the lead, dropping a close season-ending game 52-49. “It was another tough loss that was a one possession game,” said Varsity Coach Tom Fitzpatrick. “This was probably our sixth game this year that was defined by six points or less.  If we could have reversed that we’d probably be fighting for a playoff spot.”

The season overall was a tough one for the Wildcats who ended with a 6-12 overall record. Playing in Suffolk’s League II was a battle with some of the Islands top talent. In their non-conference games the Wildcats beat 3 out of 4 teams who were all playoff bound. In reflecting back on the year Coach Fitz was highly complimentary about is group of seniors:

Senior Willie Petro was one of the team’s hardest workers and earned all-tournament honors a couple of times this season. Willie led by example; giving everything he had averaging about 10 points as the Wildcats floor general.

Spencer DeRosa gave the team plenty of quality good minutes in his first year on the varsity squad. Spencer brought tremendous energy off the bench.

Avery McKenzie was probably the teams most improved player this year and came on stronger as the season progressed. Avery also gave quality minutes off the bench.

Matt Kleet has come along way and was one the team’s better 3-point shooters this season. Coaches were very proud how he played all season.

Matt Stockfeder was one the big guys this year and was responsible for guarding the competitions biggest and better players. His strong rebounding helped keep many games tight.

As a big guy standing 6’6” Dylan McNally, another 2-year varsity player, was also given the unenviable job of being matched up with the oppositions best and biggest. Dylan gave his all and didn’t back down from the competition. 

“We’re all very proud of our seniors this year, they were a great group of guys.” said Coach Fitzpatrick, speaking on behalf of himself, Coach Eatmon and Coach Russell.

Next season Coach Fitzpatrick will be looking to Brandon Corbin, Isaiah Wilkerson, and Korey Lee to form a nucleus that he hopes will rebound into a winning season.

“I want to thank all of the fans and parents for their support and specifically my Assistant Coach Ray Eatmon who always does a outstanding job working with the guys.” Congratulations to our All-League player Willie Petro and our Academic All-League player Matt Kleet.

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