Tigers Sweep Tourneys
The Northport Tigers basketball team sank their teeth into the opposition last week when they earned the championship title at two different annual tournaments.
On Jan. 4, Northport took on Walt Whitman (0-4) in the district’s annual Coaches Vs. Cancer event. A slow first quarter, marked by a combined total of 9 points between both teams, quickly transformed into an offensive jackpot. The Tigers put 16 points on the board in both second-half periods, defeating the Wildcats 49-37.
Carrying the team’s offense at Whitman was 6’4” senior guard Andrew Pulver who scored 15 points at last Saturday’s game. Senior forward Evan Tsourtoulas, at 6’6’’, added 8 points for the Tigers, and senior guard Austin Marchese scored 7 points.
Back-tracking to 2013, the boys were named champions of the annual Bob Grant Classic held at Huntington High School last month. Northport defeated two other teams in the non-league tournament to earn the title, and Marchese, a captain, was named Most Valuable Player of this year’s classic.
Head coach Andrew D’Eloia said one of Marchese’s strongest assets during the championship game—other than scoring 22 points—was his ability to control the ball from his point guard position.
On Dec. 28, 2013, however, the Tigers’ championship win over Kings Park was no cakewalk. Northport trailed by 5 points at halftime, raising hopes for the Kingsmen but determination for the Tigers. Northport scored 19 points in the third period, confining Kings Parks’ offense, who scored only 10 more points. It was neck-and-neck in the fourth quarter when both teams put up 12 points on their side of the scoreboard, but Northport’s offensive push in the third, marked in part by junior guard Philip Volpe’s two 3-point swooshes, was enough to give the Tigers an edge.
Against Kings Park, Marchese scored his MVP-qualifying 22 points and had 7 assists. Volpe added 7 points, Pulver scored 6 and senior forward Kenny Radigan added 5 with 14 rebounds.
The boys varsity team played at No.1 Half Hollow Hills East (4-0) for a league game on Tuesday, but scores were not available by press time. Northport is scheduled to play at Sachem North on Friday at 6:15 p.m.