Boy's Basketball Returns

Whitman seniors clockwise top left: Kieran Elmore, Kevin Forland, Justin DeMuccio, Tom Hughes, and Raleigh Axmacher.
Whitman seniors clockwise top left: Kieran Elmore, Kevin Forland, Justin DeMuccio, Tom Hughes, and Raleigh Axmacher.

Tournament Update: The Whitman team won the first non-league game in the 1st round of the Islip tournament beating West Babylon 77-51, and will be playing Bayport-BluePoint in the finals tonight. (12/7)

Kieran Elmore: 14pts, Allek Hendrickson: 13pts, and Travaun Patron 11pts.

Whitman’s boys basketball season home opener is scheduled for Friday, December 14, at 6:15 PM in the North Gym. While some top starters from last season have graduated, Coach Tom "Fitz" Fitzpatrick is hopeful that his team can match up well with the much-improved League II teams. “We have the county finalist in Central Islip, Bay Shore is back with their same starters as last year, Northport is again a strong team, and Hills East and Connetquot have greatly improved,” said Coach Fitz.

“We have a good group of guys returning, some of whom saw significant minutes last season,” Coach Fitz continued.  Senior Kieran Elmore, a guard, is a player who was instrumental in last season’s successes, and he will lead the team this year with fellow seniors Kevin Forland, Raleigh Axmacher, Justin DeMuccio, and Tom Hughes. “Kieran is our leader on and off the court. He’s a terrific kid who won some nice honors in football this past season,” said Coach Fitz. “Our other returning seniors are Kevin Forland, another great kid with a nice shot who will be asked to do a lot more for us this year; Raleigh Axmacher, a guard with a strong outside shot; and forward Justin DeMuccio, who had a strong off-season and should see some good minutes this season. Tom Hughes, a tough senior forward, will be under the boards looking for more rebounds.”

Whitman has a potent group of younger players who should improve steadily as the season progresses; any one of them could step up and make big contributions. “Travaun Patron, a junior guard, is an explosive player and has progressed nicely from last year,” said Coach Fitz. “A new player this year is junior Bedel Sagat, a point guard who has had an outstanding preseason. We're looking for some big things from him.”

“At center will be 6’3” junior Savion Black, who has a big presence inside," reported Coach Fitz. "We're looking forward to watching him grab some big rebounds. Kolawalu ‘KB’ Bamgbelu and Kola Adebola, both junior forwards, should see some good minutes for us. Angelou Paul, another junior forward, is new to our basketball program this year, so as the season progresses, we look for him to contribute on the court.”

“Junior Allek Hendrickson, a guard with a good outside shot, has improved in getting to the rim off the dribble, so we're excited about his potential,” added Coach Fitz. “We have a great group of guys who are all working hard, and our goal this year remains the same: Get to the playoffs.”

Whitman will host the 24th Annual Gugliotta Basketball tournament on Thursday and Friday, December 27 and 28.  Stay tuned for a final schedule.