Gugliotta Tournament Recap

Cedric Gordon (35) working against Ward Melville’s 6’8” Center Alex Sobel for a hard fought basket.
Cedric Gordon (35) working against Ward Melville’s 6’8” Center Alex Sobel for a hard fought basket.
Jordan Lyons is on his way to a solid performance against Jericho in the first round of the 29th Annual Gugliotta Classic.
Jordan Lyons is on his way to a solid performance against Jericho in the first round of the 29th Annual Gugliotta Classic.
Freshman forward Michael McIndoo (14) is getting quality playing time that will help ensure leadership experience for years to come.
Freshman forward Michael McIndoo (14) is getting quality playing time that will help ensure leadership experience for years to come.
Sophomore Michael Aloisi (12) is another young player who is making an impact now and figures prominently in the Wildcats future.
Sophomore Michael Aloisi (12) is another young player who is making an impact now and figures prominently in the Wildcats future.
Thank you to the U.S. Army for their first year sponsorship of the Gugliotta Holiday Basketball Classic.
Thank you to the U.S. Army for their first year sponsorship of the Gugliotta Holiday Basketball Classic.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson, put on a commanding performance.
Whitman’s own TSOP Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson, put on a commanding performance.
Halftime’s half-court shooting contest by the Army got everyone on the floor for a chance at free prizes and lots of fun.
Halftime’s half-court shooting contest by the Army got everyone on the floor for a chance at free prizes and lots of fun.
Senior Griffin McNally, at 6’4” is on his way to the basket against Jericho and had a solid performance in both games.
Senior Griffin McNally, at 6’4” is on his way to the basket against Jericho and had a solid performance in both games.
With 8 points from Kendall-Wilkerson Ferguson (13) the Wildcats beat a solid Jericho team.
With 8 points from Kendall-Wilkerson Ferguson (13) the Wildcats beat a solid Jericho team.
All-Tournament team nominees Cedric Gordon and Griffin McNally with coach Tom Fitzpatrick.
All-Tournament team nominees Cedric Gordon and Griffin McNally with coach Tom Fitzpatrick.

The 29th Annual Gugliotta Boys Basketball tournament offered something new this past year. Along with a JV series that began at noon on Wednesday, December 27th, the tournament this year was sponsored by the U.S. Army.  With the local Smithtown Recruiting Station in attendance and plenty of service men and women sporting digital camouflage, the tournament was made extra special. With plenty of free giveaways, the Army personnel held activities that emptied the stands onto the courts with fun competitive events for all ages.

The first contest for our Whitman Wildcats featured a matchup with Nassau Conference A-1 dynamic Jericho. The Wildcats 6’3” junior center Cedric Gordon found his groove and received a lot of attention under the basket where he drew numerous fouls ending with 12 free throw opportunities adding to his total of 32 points in a game that included 10 rebounds. Senior guard Jordan Lyons added 8 points with Ferguson, Alosi and McNally each contributing to out last Jericho’s 2nd half rally, and win 55-51. “I was very happy that we defeated a good Jericho team behind Cedric Gordon’s excellent first-round game,” said Whitman’s Varsity Coach Tom Fitzpatrick.  “We also received clutch free-throw shooting to preserve the win by Jordan Lyons and 8 points from Kendall-Wilkerson Ferguson.”

The Wildcats earned their bid to Friday’s Championship game against Suffolk’s League I power Ward Melville.  With four starting seniors and most of their players over 6’ in height, the Wildcats had their work cut out for them.  “The Patriots are a very good playoff team that’s well coached,” said Fitzpatrick.  “For us to stay with such a well-balanced team we have match their intensity for the full 32 minutes.” 

“Cedric Gordon had a great first game against Jericho, and even though he scored 16 points against Ward Melville, he attracted a lot of attention,” said Coach Fitzpatrick.  “We needed other guys to step up and take some of the heat away from Cedric.”  Griffin McNally had a good overall tournament, and the 6’4” senior will be counted on to help take some of that pressure away from Gordon as the Wildcats head into the second half of their schedule. “We will need to have more consistency in our role players and stronger effort from players coming off the bench if we hope to make the playoffs,” said Coach Fitz. Coach Fitz, Coach Eatmon, and Coach Russell would like to thank the Army for their sponsorship along with all our annual sponsors and Dr. Wright and the Wildcat Booster club for all their hard work behind the scenes to make this a great basketball tournament.

Photo Gallery- Jericho Game

Photo Gallery - Halftime Entertainment

Photo Gallery - Ward Melville Game