By Mark Kitchin
Mendham’s Tore Vicarisi was named Player of the Year and Roxbury’s Jon Deeb was selected Coach of the Year by the Morris County Boys Basketball Coaches Association in a meeting on Sunday at Morristown-Beard School.
The organization’s first team consisted of Vicarisi, Roxbury’s Angelo Mangiro, West Morris’ James D’Angelo, Delbarton’s Dean Brierley, Morris Knolls’ Niko Kotoulas and Morristown-Beard’s Chris Jenkins.
Vicarisi was the Morris County Tournament Most Valuable Player. He averaged 19.3 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per contest. He was especially strong during the state tournament. He averaged 28 points per game and had an astounding 41-point, 12-rebound performance in the North 2, Group III sectional final against Plainfield.
Deeb earned his 100th coaching victory at Roxbury during the state tournament with a win against North Bergen. He has spent nine years building the school’s program. Roxbury’s 18 wins were the most in school history and the Gaels advanced to the Morris County Tournament final for the first time in the 42-year history of the event. The team also won its first state tournament game in 75 years under his guidance.
Mendham’s Tore Vicarisi (with ball) was chosen Player of the Year by the Morris County Coaches.
Four members of the first team are career 1,000 point scorers: Vicarisi, Mangiro and D’Angelo and Brierley. They are all seniors. Jenkins, the only underclassmen, is a sophomore.
Mangiro became the top varsity career scorer in Roxbury history. A Penn State-bound football standout averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound athlete had 20 double-digit scoring games.
D’Angelo helped a senior laden West Morris group to an 18-9 record. He led his team in scoring, assists and 3-point field goals. D’Angelo averaged 20 points per game with a season high of 30 points against Parsippany Hills and Warren Hills and a 29-point effort against Morristown-Beard in the MCT quarterfinals.
Brierley was the offensive focal point for a successful Green Wave team. He averaged 24 points and 10.5 rebounds as the team’s go-to guy. He had five 30-point games including a season-high 33 against Morristown High.
Jenkins had a phenomenal season for the Crimson. He averaged 19 points per game, 11 rebounds and one block for Morristown-Beard which finished at 16-8.
Roxbury coach Jon Deeb, left, was named Coach of the Year by the Morris County Coaches.
The second team included: Jim Pisciotto of Morristown, Jimmy Boyhan of Mountain Lakes, Aaron Fant of Madison, Stephen Boyd of Pequannock and Brian Bartner of Morristown-Beard.
The third team consisted of Ranell Bell of Morris Hills, Jake Meister of Madison, Tom Cabarle of West Morris, Ethan Lubowitz of Mountain Lakes and Andrew Jacobs of Mendham.