Whitman Wins Gugliotta

Whitman Coaches, some family, and team members celebrate their win.
Whitman Coaches, some family, and team members celebrate their win.
Kieran Elmore #50 was determined to get to the basket.
Kieran Elmore #50 was determined to get to the basket.
Kevin Forland fought through defenders earning him an All-Tournament honor.
Kevin Forland fought through defenders earning him an All-Tournament honor.
Senior Forward Tom Hughes controlled the ball, giving his teammates time for scoring.
Senior Forward Tom Hughes controlled the ball, giving his teammates time for scoring.
Bedel Saget scored three 3 pointers on his way to 15 points on the day.
Bedel Saget scored three 3 pointers on his way to 15 points on the day.
Left to right: All-Tournament players Kieran Elmore and Kevin Forland with Tournament MVP Allek Hendrickson.
Left to right: All-Tournament players Kieran Elmore and Kevin Forland with Tournament MVP Allek Hendrickson.
Whitman's junior Guard Allek Hendrickson scored from inside or outside the paint.
Whitman's junior Guard Allek Hendrickson scored from inside or outside the paint.
Junior Guard Travaun Patron used speed and agility to keep Jericho from the ball.
Junior Guard Travaun Patron used speed and agility to keep Jericho from the ball.
Kieran Elmore #50 was unstoppable under the basket.
Kieran Elmore #50 was unstoppable under the basket.

The final game was everything you could want. The Whitman Wildcats were up against a tough and disciplined Jericho team who are undefeated in their Nassau League 1 and sport a 6-1 overall record.

Jericho came out strong defensively keeping the Wildcat offense to a 10 point first period.  With a 23-10 differential, the beginning of the 2nd period found the Wildcats back on their game, out scoring Jericho by 4 and going into halftime down 26-35.

Whitman Coach Tom Fitzpatrick, who was celebrating his birthday, rallied his team and challenged them to play smarter and more aggressively. As birthday wishes pan out, his team went on a 20-9 scoring blitz in the 3rd period and got ready for the start of the 4th up 46-44.

An evenly matched 4th period had the packed gymnasium on their feet with both teams matching baskets to a final 59-59 tie.

In the 4 minute overtime period, Whitman’s Kieran Elmore scored five of his 13 points, and Allek Hendrickson hit a big three to make it 64-59 with 2:30 left to lead Whitman in the final of the Frank Gugliotta Tournament.

Scoring in Whitman’s win (72-67) came from the following: Bedel Saget-15 points; Allek Hendrickson-14 points; Kieran Elmore-13 points; Travaun Patron-13 points; Kevin Forland- 9 points; KB Bamgbelu-4 points; Savion Black-2 points, and Tom Hughes-2 points.

All-Tournament players for Whitman were Kieran Elmore and Kevin Forland and overall Tournament MVP was Allek Hendrickson.