By Mark Kitchin
This is the first of a series of season-ending review for boys basketball teams in Morris County
Kinnelon Season Review
When the Colts opened their season 1-10, Coach Sean Rivers thought another month of losses would be a little too much for him to take but the four sophomore starters he was utilizing got better and better on the varsity level. The Colts finished at 8-15.
“We won our last four and six of our last seven,’’ Rivers said. “There really was a lot of improvement.’’
Senior leadership: Matt Mondello and Brian Costello made adjustments and ended up becoming good team leaders. Mondello had a season-high 28 points against Boonton. “Matt switched from forward to guard and helped us win eight games,’’ Rivers said. “Without him we would have won two.’’
Costello ran the offense and also lended his skill and experience to a young group.
“Brian was our point guard,’’ Rivers said. “He was a solid leader and a great defender.’’
Season highlights: Kinnelon victories included wins Boonton, Butler, Lyndhurst, Newton and finished the season with a one-point wins over Kittatinny and Glen Ridge. They Colts also had an overtime win over Montville and defeated Butler in a game in which they knocked down 12 3-point shots.
Hope for the Future: The future looks bright for the Colts as four sophomores gained plenty of experience at the varsity level. Sean Robbins scored about 12 points a game and has the potential to be a talented scorer. Sean Walsh also scored double-figures in most games. Evan Argirou is a pretty good shooter with long range capability. Six-foot-three R. J. Gianetti played with increased confidence during the second half of the year. Among his best games was a 16-point, 13-rebound game against Whippany Park.
Offseason plans: Rivers and Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice were once on the Marquette University coaching staff. Taking the Colts to the Scarlet Knights team camp is a distinct possibility if the players commit to it.
Budget cuts forced Kinnelon to discontinue its popular summer league last year. Rivers wants to bring it back but he won’t know until mid-April if funds from the school’s budget will be set aside for it.