|Club||Matt Lee||mohawk valley elite||whitestown||NY|
|High School||Garrett Herthum|
|Primary Position||Shooting Guard|
|Secondary Positions||C, PF, SF, PG|
|Hand||Vertical jump||Wingspan||Bench Press (max)|
Sophomore Sparks Warriors To Home Hoops Win
Posted on Dec 6 2016 - 3:50am by Josh McMullen
WHITESBORO, NY– It’s certainly an interesting experience when Proctor and Whitesboro meet, no matter what the sport may be. Both student bodies will come out in full force, and more often than not will leave with sore throats and headaches, but will be loud and rowdy right up until the clock hits zero.
You would think this would rattle most sophomores, who haven’t had much varsity experience, if any at all. However, Whitesboro’s Tommy Morreale isn’t most sophomores. Morreale, who actually has varsity experience (he was called up from the junior varsity just before sectionals last year) poured 29 points on Tuesday, 12 of them in the fourth quarter, as Whitesboro took a seesaw battle from the Raiders, winning 59-51.
Tommy Morreale (12) was head and shoulders above the competition Monday night, pouring in 29 points. (Photo By - Jeff Pexton - Perfect Game Imaging)
For Morreale, the noise, which became especially loud during the final frame, was no trouble and his method for blocking it out was easy. “It’s all about being emotionless and keeping your poise,” Morreale said.
From the opening tip, however, it seemed like neither team had much poise. The ball flitted back and forth for most of the first few minutes of the game, but neither team could gain an advantage, as before Proctor’s Todd Manolescu’s tip-in less than four minutes into the game, the Raiders had held a slim 1-0 advantage. The Warriors took even longer, as Rashad Alfahad would get Whitesboro’s first points with over four and a half minutes off the clock. As a matter of fact, Alfahad would be the only scorer for the Warriors in the first seven minutes of the game.
However, the two teams would trade the lead back and forth for most of the rest of the first quarter. The Warriors would pull the lead out to four before the end of the first quarter, but just before the buzzer, junior Anthony Giglio would hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to cut the lead to one.
The second quarter would start much like the first quarter did: with a three-pointer, this time by sophomore Jahari Brown to put the Raiders up by two. From there Proctor continued its torrid pace, while Whitesboro began to slow down and play more methodically. However, neither team could get the lead to bigger than three, as it was a back-and-forth battle for most of the half. In all, nine players would get on the score sheet in the second frame, but Proctor would earn the halftime advantage, as another buzzer-beater would give the Raiders a 24-22 advantage heading into the locker room.
Raiders forward Anthony Graham (13) drives lane against Whitesboro's Noah Britt (25) (Photo By - Jeff Pexton - Perfect Game Imaging)
For Whitesboro head coach Garrett Herthum, however, not only did the score at halftime not worry him, but he was not at all fazed by the close play in the first half. “The score was the way we needed it to be in order to compete overall,” Herthum said. “That’s what we preach…they’re going to go on a run, we’re going to go on a run.”
Coming out of the locker room, the Warriors got their run going. Taking advantage of the Proctor shooters going stone cold (the Raiders went scoreless for the first two minutes of the second half), the Warriors went on a 7-2 run to regain the lead. However, once the Raiders got hot, they would go on a little run of their own, putting together their own 9-2 run to regain the lead for themselves.
However, Alfahad would score four straight points to give the Warriors the lead at the end of the quarter. Nevertheless, when the two teams broke from their huddles, little did they know the best was yet to come.
When the fourth quarter started, the spotlight shone on Morreale, and he did not disappoint. For the first three minutes of the quarter, the sophomore was the only scorer for Whitesboro. From there, the two teams would take very different roads to the victory: the Warriors would try to win it from the free-throw line, while the Raiders would use the three-pointer.
For a while, it worked for both teams. Most of Proctor’s 15 points in the quarter would come from long-range, as senior Orion Anyango would put in three long-range shots by himself to keep the Raiders in it.
Despite that, Whitesboro’s methodical play had finally worn out the Proctor defense, who were forced to foul and make the Warriors win from the free-throw line. Again, Morreale stepped up for Whitesboro, knocking down eight of the nine he had to take. As a matter of fact, no other player, Raider or Warrior had any more than two all game, while Morreale made all but two of his 13 free throws on the night. That would prove to be the difference for the Warriors, as Proctor (1-1, 0-1 TVL Colonial) found themselves going cold from long range near the end to seal the victory for Whitesboro (2-0, 1-0 TVL Colonial).
For Proctor head coach Mark Joseph, the fast play of the Raiders seemed to hurt them near the end, but he was optimistic. “It just seemed like we couldn’t get into a rhythm,” Joseph said. “[But] we’re young…we’re going to have games like this. Credit to Whitesboro…they played great offensively.”
As for Morreale, the Raiders head coach summed up his night succinctly. “He had an outstanding evening,” Joseph said.
Herthum did not mince words about his sophomore, who is playing his first full season on the varsity after being called up last season.
“Morreale played big for us…he plays under control, he plays with poise,” Herthum said. “If anyone is on the varsity, there’s a reason, and that’s the reason why he’s here.”
For Morreale, it was a little bit simpler than that. “It’s a good feeling to play against a team like that,” the sophomore said. “It was a huge win; we played as a team and we worked our tails off tonight.”
It doesn’t get any easier for the Warriors or Morreale, as on Friday, they will travel to Rome to face RFA and their own incredibly loud student section. However, Morreale wasn’t worried. “It’s all about being determined and working hard in practice to get the win on Friday,” Morreale said of Friday night’s game.
That shouldn’t be a problem for Whitesboro. They, as well as their student section, always travel well.
Whitesboro Warriors 59, Proctor Raiders 51
2017-2018 all tri valley FIRST TEAM, EVEN BIGGER 2018 ALL MOHAWK VALLEY. 18 PTS PER GAME, 10 REBOUNDS, 5 ASSISTS AND 2 STEALS. also, HONOROBLE mention for all state
Notre Dame vs Whitesboro sectional playoffs. Tommy leads team going into second round in points per game 17.0
Class A - TOMMY MAKES SECTION III CLASS "A" ALL TOURNEY TEAM
Tom Morreale, so., Whitesboro
Shawn Gashi, sr., Bishop Grimes
Kenyang Lual, sr., Syracuse Academy of Science
Symir Torrence, so., Syracuse Academy of Science
Matt Carlin, sr., Jamesville-DeWitt
MVP -- Buddy Boeheim, jr., Jamesville-DeWitt
Tommy scores 32 points very impressive in loss
Published Jan 28, 2017 at 4:00pm
Playing in its second road game in as many nights, the Rome Free Academy boys basketball team locked down a 93-86 Tri-Valley-League victory over Whitesboro on Friday night.
TJ Behlin scored a team-high 27 points for the Black Knights, who have won four straight games. Tristan Hunzinger and Ethan Powell chipped in 15 and 14 points, respectively, while Gavin Mosher finished with 13.
Tommy Morreale scored a game-high 32 points for the Warriors.
RFA is 12-2 overall, 6-1 in the TVL. The Black Knights are back in action at home on Tuesday night for another TVL matchup with New Hartford. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Made 2nd team all tri valley league team. Top 10 in the tri valley league. First team consisted of all seniors.
Made ALL ONEIDA COUNTY TEAM. Played in the Oneida county all star team at proctor high school 3/25/17.
Youngster Wows Capacity Crowd at Mohawk Valley Classic Finale
Posted on Jan 8 2017 - 4:22am by Josh McMullen
UTICA, NY– It was an exciting Saturday at Utica College, with four of the five games of the Mohawk Valley Basketball Classic going right down to the wire.
So it was no big shock when the finale between Tri-Valley League rivals Whitesboro and New Hartford went down to the final two minutes.
In what was a battle between the two schools’ superstars, Whitesboro’s Tommy Morreale and New Hartford’s Frankie Policelli, it was the sophomore who would come out on the winning end. Morreale’s 28 points would give the Warriors a lead they would relinquish only once throughout the whole game, earning the sophomore MVP honors and Whitesboro a 47-39 victory.
Whitesboro’s Tommy Morreale (12) hadd tunnel vision to the basket all night long, scoring 28 for the Warriors (Photo By – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)
“To be MVP against our rival…it feels great,” Morreale said. “We all came out together and played hard. That’s just how we won it tonight.”
“Hopefully this will be a confidence builder for them,” Warriors head coach Garrett Herthum said. “We let some slip in the middle, but we came together. Our kids played hard. We told them before the game, ‘Play as hard as you can for as long as you’re in the game.”
From the outset, the Warriors not only played hard, they made it hard for the Spartans to even get their first points. Whitesboro’s stifling defense helped the Warriors jump out to an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter. At the same time, New Hartford stumbled out of the gate, as their first five trips down the floor ended in turnovers. The Spartans would go a little less than three minutes without a basket, until a Frankie Policelli layup stopped the Warriors’ run at eight.
After that, it was the Warriors’ turn to go cold, only scoring two points since Policelli’s basket. As a matter of fact, Frankie would be the only player in the scorebook after one period, scoring all five of the Spartans’ points. On the other side, Morreale would be the only player with multiple points, scoring eight as his Warriors went into the break up 13-5.
New Hartford’s Frankie Policelli knocked down 24 points for the Spartans, but on this play he also knocked down Noah Britt of Whitesboro and was called for a charge. (Photo By – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)
Policelli would continue to dominate the score sheet in the second quarter, as he would start off the scoring a minute into the period. Whitesboro would take even longer, going almost two and a half minutes without a point before a Morreale jumper ended their drought. However, the Spartans still could not take advantage, as the lead hovered in the high single digits for most of the period.
For the rest of the period, Policelli and Morreale would square off under the basket for most of the night, the sophomore taking the advantage over the junior most of the time.
“[Policelli is] going places,” Herthum said. “We knew we had to contain him tonight, and we did our best.
Despite that, the junior still managed to be the only one on the score sheet for New Hartford. Policelli would put in another 11 for the Spartans in the second period, knocking down both of the team’s free throws in the first half. Whitesboro was able to spread the ball around a little bit better, as Morreale racked up 16 of his team’s points. However, despite the singlehanded performance from Policelli, the Spartans’ sloppy play continued to haunt them as they went into the locker room down 26-16.
It would be almost another two minutes into the third quarter before another Spartan would score, as a layup by Joe Murray would end an almost-18 minute drought. However, they couldn’t make up any ground on the Warriors, as they continued to turn over the ball and commit unforced fouls. The bad news would continue to pile up for New Hartford, as by the middle of the third quarter, starters Policelli and senior Troy Henderson were already saddled with their fourth foul. Despite all that, the Spartans managed to outscore Whitesboro 9-7 in the quarter, helped along by a long three-pointer by senior Ryan Zogby.
Whitesboro’s Noah Britt (25) drives baseline during opening quarter action. (Photo By – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)
Unfortunately for the Spartans, the good quarter could not help them close the gap, as the Warriors continued to rely on Morreale’s poise and methodical gameplay to maintain their lead. Suddenly, Whitesboro’s 8-0 run at the beginning of the game was proving to be the difference, as the Warriors headed into the break clinging to a 33-25 lead.
However, the Spartans began to find their spark in the final quarter, as they would start out the final period with an 8-0 run, helped along by another three-pointer by Zogby to bring New Hartford within one. A free throw by Murray would send the Warriors into their time-out with the score all even.
“We told them to expect them to go on a run,” Herthum said. “We withstood theirs and we had ours.”
“We all came out together and played as a team,” Morreale said. “We played a great team and they weren’t ready for us.”
Not only did the Warriors have to withstand the New Hartford (4-6, 1-3 TVL Colonial) run, they also had to withstand a drought of over three minutes without a point. However, a layup by junior Cameron Hunter would give the Warriors back the lead, a lead they would never relinquish from then on. From there, the New Hartford players began to foul in desperation, trying to slow down the game clock, but Whitesboro (6-4, 2-2 TVL Colonial) hit their free throws down the stretch to put the Spartans away for good. Morreale only contributed four points in the quarter, but by that time, the MVP of the game only needed to sit back and relish the victory.
“We told them all week defense was going to win the game for us,” Herthum said.
Policelli would end up with 24 points and the sportsmanship award for the game.
Whitesboro’s Tommy Morreale (12) heads for the hoop, while New Hartford’s Connor Nelson (10) looks for the block. (Photo By – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)
For Whitesboro, they head into Tuesday’s game against Holland Patent on a three game winning streak. But just like their game tonight, Morreale said, they have a simple plan.
“We [are] focused on this game and what we need to do to win,” Morreale said.
With Morreale at the helm, extending that streak to four shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Whitesboro Warriors 47, New Hartford Spartans 39
Mohawk Valley Basketball Classic Game #5
Warriors 13 13 7 14 47
Spartans 5 11 9 14 39
Player of the year nominee for 2018-2019 Class A and AA combined, selected for
all central new york . senior season average 21.1 points per game and 12 rebounds and 2 blocks
2017-2018 all tri valley first team and ALL MOHAWK VALLEY
2018-2019, All mohawk valley 1st team, ALL ONEIDA COUNTY 1ST TEAM, ALL CENTRAL NEW YORK 1ST TEAM
AND * ALL STATE 7TH TEAM, RANKED 31ST IN STATE FOR CLASS "A" PLAYERS*
Coaching kids in summer camp every summer. Love being involved in teaching our youth, preparing them for the future. That is very important to me.