By Mark Kitchin
State tournament basketball starts today. Here’s a quick look at the teams in action. Most games are being played at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
North 1, Group II
Pompton Lakes at Hopatcong, 6 – Matt Tobin should make history today. He is five points away from the Sussex County all-time scoring record held by Chris Jent. It will also probably be the Chiefs final home game.
Newton at Mountain Lakes, 7 – The Lakers have finishes strong and expect to get an early round win. Jimmy Boyhan is mentioned among the areas top point guards and Ethan Lubowitz is a very capable scorer.
River Dell at Pequannock, 7 – River Dell was one of Pequannock’s victims in its march to the Group II final. The Golden Panthers seemed to have overcome an early exit in the Morris County Tournament. They have won five of their last six. Stephen Boyd and Joe Vedovino are among their leaders.
North 1, Group IV
Morristown at Livingston, 7 – The Colonials are the 16th-seed in the section but they have had a knack to pull some surprises despite being ranked so low. James Pisciotto has had a super season and is a dangerous long range threat.
North Bergen at Roxbury, 7 – The Gaels expect to rebound from their rough Morris County Tournament loss. Roxbury center Angelo Mangiro is five points away from becoming the all-time Gaels varsity scoring champ. A win will also give Jon Deeb his 100th victory at Roxbury.
Paterson-Kennedy at Morris Knolls, 7 – The Golden Eagles are having one of their best seasons in years and wouldn’t want to end it with a home loss. They could be peaking at the right time, winning 5 of 6 including an overtime win over Roxbury to end the regular season. Esaun Mobley and Niko Kotoulas are keys to the Golden Eagles’ success.
North 2, Group II
Parsippany at Newark Central, 5 – The Red Hawks are the 16th-seed but finished the season on a five-game winning streak. Mustapha Haruna as emerged as an athletic contributor and Michael Ross is a serious perimeter threat.
Hanover Park at Hackettstown, 7 – It’s been an up-and-down season for the Hornets, which miss starting standout Sam Paladino. John Burbella and Andrew Mitola continue their leadership and sophomore Jim Sivolella has stepped up.
Fort Lee at Madison, 7 – The veteran Dodgers have won three of their last four. Jake Meister seems to set the tone and Aaron Fant handles the ball.