Whitman Wins Gugliotta Holiday Tournament

Coaches Ray Eatmon (left), Antoine Agudio, (3rd from left) and Anthony Brazill (right) celebrate with their team on winning the 3oth Annual Gugliotta Holiday Tournament.
Coaches Ray Eatmon (left), Antoine Agudio, (3rd from left) and Anthony Brazill (right) celebrate with their team on winning the 3oth Annual Gugliotta Holiday Tournament.
Mike Aloisi (right) responded so well coming off the bench upping his game and taking Tournament MVP honors, and Zeke Clase (left), our unsung hero, is all about effort and hard work according to Varsity Head Coach Ray Eatmon (center).
Mike Aloisi (right) responded so well coming off the bench upping his game and taking Tournament MVP honors, and Zeke Clase (left), our unsung hero, is all about effort and hard work according to Varsity Head Coach Ray Eatmon (center).
Senior captains Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson (left) and Dachan Thompson (right), who both saw playoff experience on the gridiron this past fall, bring their leadership to the court and join Coach Eatmon for the presentation of the Tournament Trophy.
Senior captains Kendall Wilkerson Ferguson (left) and Dachan Thompson (right), who both saw playoff experience on the gridiron this past fall, bring their leadership to the court and join Coach Eatmon for the presentation of the Tournament Trophy.
 Zeke Clase (10) is well known on the baseball field but this is his first year on Whitman Basketball court and every day he works hard. He’s always around the ball, were excited when he score’s but we’re counting on his energy as he really gives us a spark off the bench. – Coach Eatmon
Zeke Clase (10) is well known on the baseball field but this is his first year on Whitman Basketball court and every day he works hard. He’s always around the ball, were excited when he score’s but we’re counting on his energy as he really gives us a spark off the bench. – Coach Eatmon
At Point Guard, Junior Mike Aloisi (12) has responded well to our new Wildcat coaching staff and as his confidence builds, so will his leadership qualities on the court.
At Point Guard, Junior Mike Aloisi (12) has responded well to our new Wildcat coaching staff and as his confidence builds, so will his leadership qualities on the court.
Senior Wendley Jean Baptiste (4) is the Wildcats defensive stopper who always plays hard with a lot of energy.
Senior Wendley Jean Baptiste (4) is the Wildcats defensive stopper who always plays hard with a lot of energy.

The 30th Annual Frank Gugliotta Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament, sponsored by the Wildcat Booster Club, the Walt Whitman Athletic Department and McDonald’s was held over the winter recess at Walt Whitman’s North Gymnasium.

In round one of the tournament, Whitman overcame an early deficit against Maspeth and went into the half up 33-29. Both teams battled to a tie in the 3rd period but with the final clock winding down the Wildcats outscored their opponents 17-9 in the 4th period for the 60-48 win. Whitman’s Michael Aloisi and Michael McIndoo both scored 15 points with Wendley Jean-Baptiste and freshman Michael Phillips each scoring 9. Senior Wilkerson-Ferguson added 6. Zeke Clase, freshman Frantz Jean-Baptiste, and senior Dachan Thompson each added 2. The win set up a final championship match against Ward Melville on Friday night at 7 PM.

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In the tournament final, Whitman and Ward Melville opened to a blistering pace as each team traded goals, with the Wildcats having the edge at the end of the first period. In the second period, Whitman exerted their speed and defensive prowess netting 13 points to the Patriots 4 as the teams took a break at the half. The first three periods of damage dug a deep hole as time wound down on the Patriots and the Wildcat were able to outlast a Patriot 4th period push in the 51-43 championship win!

Whitman’s Mike Aloisi scored 20 points and Dachan Thompson had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Whitman in the Tom Gugliotta Tournament final. Aloisi was named tournament MVP, and Zeke Clase was named to the All-Tournament team. 

“I’m big on extra effort and things you can control,” said Whitman’s Varsity Head Coach Ray Eatmon. “Some days you miss shots some days you make those shots, but you can always control how much effort you put into your game.”

The championship game against Ward Melville highlighted the fact that the Patriots were a much bigger team with most of their players over 6’ and a couple topping 6’6” but like what coach Eatmon said, ‘that’s something you can't control, how you play against a much bigger team is.’  “We played together as one unit, we played with energy and effort and we’ve been moving in that direction all season and it’s starting to show,” said Eatmon. Congratulations Wildcats!

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