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Jan 2, 2018 12:03 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hurricanes Win Coaches Vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament For The Second Straight Season; Lady Canes Finish As Runners Up

Westhampton Beach won the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament for the second year in a row on Thursday, December 28. JENNIFER GAUDIELLO
Jan 3, 2018 10:45 AM

For the second straight season, the Westhampton Beach boys basketball team won the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament at Hampton Bays High School, which was December 27 and 28.

After dominating Eastport South Manor, 81-29, in their first game of the tourney, the Hurricanes advanced to the championship game against the host Baymen and they won, although not as easily, 65-56. Jake Gaudiello was named MVP of the tournament for the second straight season. He scored 27 points and dished out nine assists in the win over Hampton Bays and he finished with 22 points and 10 assists in limited playing time against ESM. Fellow senior Nolan Quinlan was named to the All-Tournament Team, along with Baymen Lucas Brown and David Krieg, Eastport South Manor’s Mike Schillizzi and Southold’s Stephen Russel.

Hampton Bays head coach Pete Meehan said Gaudiello was a key factor in the finals and throughout the tournament which led to him being named MVP for the second straight season.

“We centered on stopping Jake’s penetration and we weren’t really able to do that,” he said. “He’s an excellent player who doesn’t really get the credit he deserves. He’s the type of player who makes everyone around him better. You spend so much time focusing on him it elevates his teammates. On top of his offensive capabilities he’s an excellent passer and works the floor real well. Quinlan is equally tough inside so the two of them make a lethal one-two punch. They’re 8-0 for a reason.”

The two victories also kept the Canes’ undefeated record intact at 8-0 overall (4-0 League V). They played at East Islip on Tuesday, which will decide first place for the time being since the Redmen are the only other undefeated team in the league. Westhampton Beach will host East Hampton on Thursday, January 4, at 4:30 p.m. and is scheduled to play at Islip on Tuesday, January 9, at 5:45 p.m.

Lady Canes Fall In Final

The Westhampton Beach girls basketball team reached the finals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament where it lost, 42-41, to host Hampton Bays. Mackenzie Tyler sunk both of her free throws with 30 seconds remaining in regulation to cap the win for the Lady Baymen. Tyler was named tournament MVP.

“We always have competitive games when we play Hampton Bays,” Westhampton Beach head coach Katie Peters said. “Mackenzie Tyler is a tough opponent to stop. She is a competitor and plays hard.

“Our team did a lot of positive things throughout the game, but struggled to find an offensive rhythm to put points on the board,” she added.

Isabelle Smith and Layla Mendoza were named to the All-Tournament Team for Westhampton Beach (1-4 League V, 2-7 overall). Each scored a team-high 14 points in the loss to Hampton Bays. Smith scored a game-high 22 points in the Lady Canes’ 55-37 victory over Southold/Greenport on the first day of the tournament, while Mendoza had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Westhampton Beach hosted East Islip on Tuesday and will host East Hampton on Thursday, January 4, at 5:45 p.m.

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