Challenges await Mendham, West Morris, W. Park, Delbarton

 

By Mark Kitchin

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The teams only get tougher as state tournament play continues. Mendham, West Morris, Delbarton and Whippany Park will all be seriously challenged in their contests on Thursday. Here’s a quick look.

North 2, Group 1

Whippany Park at Newark Vocational, 5 – The Wildcats pulled a shocker in traveling to beat Dunellen on Tuesday, but they have been playing well in recent weeks. Their late in the season victories included a regular-season stunner against Morristown-Beard to show their efforts were no fluke. Whippany Park is a very young team. A.J. Holleran, Rafael Alfonso, Jake Wadden and Marc DiFalco have made great strides and are starting to excel after the team’s mid-season struggles.

North 2, Group III

Colonia at Mendham, 7 – The Minutemen were in complete control against Warren Hills in their opening game of the state tournament. Now the teams get a little tougher. Colonia was one of the toughest teams Mendham had to deal with in last year’s Group III title run. That familiarity will keep the Minutemen from jumping on them early. Overall, the Morris County Tournament champs seem to be hitting their stride. The Vicarisi brothers got off to a great start in Tuesday’s game. The Minutemen also looked solid on defense and knocked down plenty of threes. The perimeter shooting will be important to open up space for Tore Vicarisi inside.

West Morris at Rahway, 7 – Tuesday’s victory against Irvington was a great win for the Highlanders. However, West Morris has a history of playing good teams tough at home. It will be a lot tougher on the road. James D’Angelo, Tom Cabarle and Zach Nolan and the other seniors had a great sendoff. Because of that senior leadership do not count them out on the road.

North Jersey Non Public – A

Delbarton at St. Peter’s Prep, 7 – The Green Wave showed plenty of grit in their win over DePaul on Tuesday. It will be tougher on the road against a top 20 opponent. It’s been an entertaining season for the Green Wave. Dean Brierley can score from inside or out and plays well in the clutch. Wade Morgan and Scott Curran have also had their moments for Delbarton in what has largely been a satisfying season.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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