# 2 Kevin Warmack tries to work his way past #25 Nick Carzo.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
The Whitesboro Warriors boy’s basketball team notched a key Tri-Valley League win over the Notre Dame Jugglers, by a score of 74-5 during a Tuesday night visit to Walsh Gym. Sophomore Luke Moore poured in a game high 23 points to lead Whitesboro (1-2, 3-2) to their first TVL win of the season
Simon Pitman chipped in 20 for the Jugglers, who dropped to (1-1, 2-2).
From the opening tip, the Warriors Head Coach Steve Heitz’s game plan was to push the ball up the floor as rapidly as possible on offense, and make life on the court as difficult as possible for Jugglers big men Pitman and fellow senior Zane Smith on defense.
The game plan worked to near perfection as Warriors guards Thomas Sblendorio, Joel Jakubowicz, Tim Borza and drove the offense like a freight train and forwards Moore, Bohdi Forbes and Nick Carzo smothered Smith and Pitman before they could get into any kind of rhythm.
With Pitman and Smith off balance most of the knight, Jugglers point guard Kevin Warmack was forced into shooting a little bit more than Head Coach Mike Durr probably would have preferred, most of the time in heavy traffic.
Luke Moore’s long range three pointer with :59 seconds remaining in the opening quarter lifted the Warriors to a 19-12 lead after the first eight minutes of the contest.
Tom Sblendorio and Joel Jakubowicz also had big time three pointers in the opening period to pace the Warriors offensive effort.
The foul filled second quarter saw the teams combine for just 13 points, with the paint at both ends becoming borderline combat zones.
Tim Borza’s three pointer, two big put backs by Bohdi Forbes and a couple of free throws from Moore in the second quarter sent the visitors to the intermission with a 28-16 lead over a stunned Jugglers squad on their home floor.
Whitesboro Head Coach Steve Heitz told My Hometown Sports – ESPN Radio 99.1 FM at the half, that while his team had just completed 16 minutes of solid basketball keeping Pitman and Smith in check, 16 minutes does not a complete game make and that he needed to remind his club at the intermission that another 16 minutes of equal or better effort was going to be needed to win.
Luke Moore led the way again in the third quarter, scoring 9 points, while Tim Borza chipped in 5 of his own to help Whitesboro hold off the Jugglers comeback effort by outscoring the hosts 24-15 , to take a 22 point lead (55-31) into the fourth quarter of play.
Following the game, Luke Moore told MHTS – ESPN Radio 99.1 FM that while he had the hot hand, it was definitely the hard work of his many teammates that kept Notre Dame in check.
Moore credited teammates Tom Sblendorio (13 Pts.) and Joel Jakubowicz (11 Pts.) with getting the ball up the floor all night long.
Head Coach Steve Heitz added that he was very pleased with his team’s overall effort, especially following a tough 52-45 loss to RFA at home last Friday night.
Heitz said that anytime a team can get a win at Notre Dame its a good thing and his team definitely earned this one.
Heitz applauded the efforts of not only Moore, but also credited the senior leadership of Nick Carzo, Sblendorio and Jakubowicz when the team really needed it.
The Warriors reserves took over in a spirited fourth quarter, outscoring the Jugglers 22-20 to take this one by a final score of 74-51.
Whitesboro looks to improve to .500 this coming Friday, when they host the Blue Devils of Camden in a Tri-Valley League contest.
Notre Dame looks to get back on track on Friday when the Jugglers visit Vernon-Verona-Sherrill to take on the Red Devils.
Whitesboro 74 Notre Dame 51
1 2 3 4 Total
Whitesboro 19 9 24 22 71
Notre Dame 12 4 15 20 45
MHTS Scoring Summary:
Luke Moore 23
Tom Splendorio 13
Joel Jakubowivz 11
TJ Borza 8
Bodhi Forbes 8
Vinny Cotrupe 5
Dean Sokolowski 2
Matt Tobin 2
Nick Carzo 2
Simon Pitman 20
Dejay Johnson 8
Jerome Bramham 6
Alex Rushton 4
Kevin Warmack 4
Zane Smith 4
Ryan Berman 3
Dante Rose 2