By Mark Kitchin
Rivalries don’t often extend to summer league basketball but don’t tell that to the players on Parsippany and Parsippany Hills high school teams. They engaged in a spirited contest last week that ended in a 41-31 victory for the Vikings in Morris Knolls Summer League play. Afterwards the Vikings’ players were euphoric from their victory while the Red Hawks were a little downcast.
“There’s always a rivalry between the Hills and High,’’ Parsippany Hills’ Brian Mulcahy said. “In the second half we definitely came together and hit some more shots. We had more tips and we played better defense towards the end, too.’’
After going through a winter season with just two victories, Parsippany Hills is hungry for some triumphs. It showed in the opening days of summer league play which the Vikings emerged with a 4-0 start.
“We already have more wins than we had combined last year,’’ Mulcahy said. “Especially with beating the High, were getting more confidence. We definitely have some bragging rights until the (winter) season starts. That’s when it really counts.’’
In the early going, Vikings’ Manny Dance has been a standout.
“Manny has really been stepping it up,’’ Mulcahy said. “The first three games he was really pushing the offense.’’
The Morris Knolls Summer League will play twice a week until the end of the month. … It seems that circumstances dictated what basketball camp Hanover Park was going to attend this year. In the past the Hornets had attended camp at Rutgers University but the school used so many snow days that the camp was being held while school was still in session. They opted to attend a camp at Susquehanna University which will be a new experience for them. … Coach Mergin Sina and members of his Gill St. Bernards basketball team traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in late June to play basketball as well as help in relief efforts for tornado stricken towns in that area. The Sina family lives in Jefferson Township and his son Jaren has made a commitment to the University of Alabama in January. Mergin Sina is also active in Morris County much of the summer, conducting clinics at Hoop Heaven in Whippany. The team originally planned to spend the weekend playing in the Alabama High School Team Camp Tournament but elevated the trip, which occurred in late June, to another level with their help.