Northport Sweeps at Coaches vs. Cancer

Northport victorious against Whitman in basketball doubleheader Friday.

Northport swept both games of the fifth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Classic at Northport High School Friday in a successful bid for League II supremacy against the Whitman Wildcats.

Dorrien Van Dyke led Northport to victory in the girls game with a career high of three three-point shots, alongside 13 rebounds and four assists. Team mate Allie Pavinelli also scored three three-point shots and seven assists for a final score of 61-50 against the Whitman Wildcats.

"As a team we're better than we were last year," said Coach Rich Castellano. "Pavinelli has matured and so has Lizzy Atkinson. She told me she could be the point guard and I was reminded of that tonight."

Castellano said he consider's Northport's (6-1) win against Whitman (7-1) a good gauge for where his team stands.

"For us it's a big win because now we're controlling our destiny," he said.
"We have to play them again and we still have to play Lindenhurst, but I think if they were the pre-season odds-on favorite then we upset the pre-season odds-on favorite."

The boys game was an equally stellar matchup between two of Suffolk's top teams. After a long haul, Northport emerged with their undefeated record still standing in a 52-39 win against Whitman (5-2, 2-1).

Northport's Mike Milligan and Luke Petrasek scored 13 points each, with Petraesk blocking eight shots from the Wildcats. In the third quarter there was a crowd-pleasing alleyoop from Austin Marchese to Luke Petrasek.

"It's exciting for these kids to be 9-0 and 3-0 in the league," said Northport Coach Andrew D'Eloia. "They've worked extremely hard and we're really proud of them. They work hard every day in practice and have a 93 average in the classsroom; they do all the right things on and off the court and we're happy to be here."

This year's Coaches vs. Cancer event raised over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society.


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