Morristown-Beard arrived ahead of schedule

By Mark Kitchin

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Morristown-Beard Season Review

 When this year’s edition of the Crimson hit the floor in November, Coach Eddie Franz didn’t know what to expect.

He had lost a talented guard, Josh Brown, at the end of last season to St. Anthony of Jersey City, and his team was filled with underclassmen with limited experience. However, the Crimson proved to have a team with legs and despite second-half struggles emerged with a 16-8 season and the feeling that the fun has just begun.

“We won our conference but we lost a lot of close games,’’ Franz said. “When they seeded us No.2 in the Morris County Tournament I didn’t think we deserved to be that high especially since our point guard was hurt. We ended up losing in the quarterfinals but the kids learned from their mistakes.’’

The team struggled against tough opponents in the second half of the year but received plenty of experience and should feel comfortable and seasoned for 2011-12.

Senior leadership: Morristown-Beard had one senior as a major contributor. Drew Hartel came off the bench to hit some threes, grab some rebounds and lend support. “He did a lot of heavy lifting for us,’’ Franz said.

Highlights: Morristown-Beard won their Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference-Liberty Division regular season title. The Crimson won nine of their first 10 games including victories over Madison and Hopatcong.

Eddie Franz and his Morristown-Beard team are on the right track.

Hope for the Future: Nearly everyone will be back next year after productive seasons. Sophomore Chris Jenkins averaged 19 points a game and scored nearly 400 points for the season. His biggest games included a 30-point outing against cross-town rival Morristown High. Harrison Rosemond became an x-factor for the team. An athletic player, he is long and able to block shots and rebound as well as defend and knock down threes. Brian Bartner also made great strides. He averaged 16.5 points per game and got much better at driving to the basket. Point guard Tyler Terens had great quickness and was a terrific distributor but his season ended early because of an injury which required surgery. He is not expected to be playing again until mid-summer. Zaki Williams was another x-factor type player, who has great quickness and defensive ability. Backups Ben O’Connell and Tyler Braslow also have potential.

Offseason plans: Mo-Beard is considering going to Penn State team camp. They are also looking at summer leagues in Bloomfield and West Orange. Several of the Crimson are heavily involved in AAU activities. However, there are some that are also involved in Crimson football.

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

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