By Mark Kitchin
PARSIPPANY – Dover coach John O’Hara didn’t seem to know whether to laugh, cry or run away for the fear of what he might say to his basketball team. The Tigers relish earning a victory now and again, but it shouldn’t have to be this hard.
Junior Ryan Charyshyn knocked down four free throws in the final 15 seconds and Dover needed nearly every one of them in a 52-49 victory over Parsippany High on Tuesday.
Sophomore Wilson Guapacha scored 12 points and James Quiles and David Bollok added 11 points each for the Tigers to help them improve to 4-4 on the season. Lionel Chambers scored 17 points and nearly rallied Parsippany from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit. The Red Hawks dropped to 2-5.
Parsippany’s Max Berns puts up a jump shot as Dover’s James Quiles defends during Tuesday’s game. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)
Parsippany outscored Dover 22-9 in the fourth quarter. The Red Hawks had the chance to score five points in the final 2.1 seconds and an opportunity to tie the game. Parsippany guard Leonard Lee was fouled inexplicably at half-court when a Dover player attempted a steal. Lee hit both his free throws. Then Parsippany managed to steal Dover’s inbounds pass, but a 3-point shot bounced twice off the rim before falling away.
“It’s not the way we wanted to end that game,’’ O’Hara said. “They have to (learn to) play to win. They did give it their all but there were mistakes all around.’’
The team, which is composed of mainly juniors and sophomores, was happy to have another victory.
“We have a great team, great coach, great players,’’ Charyshyn said. “We just want to win. We’re tired of losing.’’
Four wins usually constitutes the number of victories in a season for the Tigers. It’s been at least a decade since Dover has registered a winning season. There have been some seasons where there have been no victories at all for the Tigers.
You have to reach back to 1999 when John Davey was coaching and his son Ben Davey ran point guard to find a double-digit win total. Many of the current Dover players were in Kindergarten or younger then. However, Dover has a new attitude and a weapon that no other team in Morris County possesses – a seven-foot-one center. Junior David Bollok can alter an opponent’s shots with a wave of his arm.
“He’s able to alter the shots when guys are coming in,’’ O’Hara said. “He’s great on our help defense.’’
Bollok is unlike most seven-foot tall teenagers. Instead of being thin, gawky and lacking co-ordination, Bollok has about 270 pounds to hang on that frame. That makes him a presence in the post. He may not be a speedster while running the floor but he uses his size well. He knows the spots near the blocks where he can receive entry passes and he understands the importance of holding his hands above his head to take advantage of his height.
“We get him the ball with a pass up high,’’ O’Hara said. “Our players have to learn how to pass it to a seven-footer. We’re used to the bounce pass and he’s not going to get a bounce pass. We have to get him a nice lob pass and were still working on that as a team. He has to be demanding of the pass, too.’’
Bollok gives credit to his coaches and teammates for finding him on the court. He believes communication is the key. He’s also learned how to use his body to command the area in front of the basket.
“It’s a big learning process,’’ Bollok said. “The coaches are bringing out our inner strength. … It’s most important that were always talking.’’
On Tuesday, Dover also did a good job of spreading the court out on offense and staying active on defense. The Tigers’ defenders have fast hands and caused plenty of Parsippany turnovers in the early going.
Parsippany led 10-9 in the first quarter, but Dover took a 22-19 halftime edge. The Tigers went on a 9-2 run to start the third quarter. Charyshyn had five points including a 3-point play and Bollok scored four points on inside layups. Dover continued to build its lead and got it to 16 when Bollok rebounded a Quiles miss and put it in to make it 43-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Dover’s Dwayne Brown makes a move to the basket between Parsippany defenders Lionel Chambers and Tyler Cecere (5) during first half action. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)
However, Dover is not used to preserving leads and Parsippany’s Chambers got motivated. The Red Hawks scorer was held to eight points at halftime but seemed more determined the lead his team back into the game.
“We had to shut him down,’’ O’Hara said. “We had to slough off him because we didn’t want to get any fouls going. I was hoping that he would just put it up and clank it.’’
Parsippany went on an 11-0 run in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. The drive was fueled by four Dover turnovers that led directly to six Parsippany points and a 3-point shot by Red Hawks’ guard Sagar Patel that made it a 45-40 game.
The teams exchanged scores and Dover maintained at least a four-point lead with a minute remaining, but then started missing from the free throw line. They missed six straight when Quiles, Charyshyn and Brown each put up attempts that tantalizingly danced on the rim but rolled out.
“I usually knock them down,’’ Charyshyn said. “It (the game) was exciting. We’re not used to it.’’
However, Parsippany didn’t take advantage of its chances. A pair of free throws by Red Hawks’ Tony Lenero made it a 48-46 game with 44 seconds left. After Brown’s free throw misses, Charyshyn made a huge play by rebounding a missed Parsippany shot and was fouled with 15 seconds left. He knocked down those two shots to make it a 50-46 edge.
“He’s clutch,’’ O’Hara said of Charyshyn. “He’s a junior and he’s just coming into his own. This game was a big step up for him. Now he knows he has to be more of a vital partner.’’
Even a 4-point Dover lead at that point wasn’t safe. Chambers was fouled on a shot attempt and hit one of two free throws with eight seconds left to cut it to three. A jump ball on a scramble was ruled in favor of Dover. The Red Hawks were forced to foul Charyshyn again and he knocked down another pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds left to make it a five point Tigers advantage.
Standing 7-foot-1 Dover’s David Bollok can alter and opponent’s shot just by lifting his arms. (Photo by Mark Kitchin).
The Dover coaches told their players not to move, but when Parsippany inbounded the ball from under the Tigers’ basket, Red Hawks’ guard Leonard Lee didn’t touch the ball so the clock wouldn’t start until he reached half court. A Tigers guard made a try for the ball and missed, clipping Lee in the leg and fouling him with 2.1 seconds left.
Lee hit his free throws to make it 52-49 and then it was either Lee or Chambers that stole the inbounds pass on the Parsippany end of the court and a shot attempt from beyond the arc went up. Dover survived when the ball bounced off the rim but it was a tough way to get a win.
Morris County results
Randolph 65, Chatham 59 – The Rams rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to topple the No. 1 team in the MCVBB rankings. Ryan Harris scored 19 points and Michael Talbert and Barry Lynch scored 11 points apiece for Randolph (4-7). Joe Timmes pumped in 23 points for the Cougars (6-3).
Mendham 52, West Morris 44 – T.K. Hayes scored a career-high 28 points to lift the Minutemen against their sister-school rivals. Alex Jacobs added 18 for Mendham (6-2). Kurt Stenger scored 15 points and Sean McElwaine had 12 for the Highlanders.
Morris Knolls 51, Morris Hills 48, OT – Golden Eagles point guard Brian O’Neill scored 16 points and Connor Rich and Mike Signer scored 12 points apiece. Morris Knolls improved to 6-3 with the road triumph.
Mount Olive 79, Vernon 66 – The Marauders continue to roll. Rashaan Spencer scored 29 points and Zach Heeman contributed 22 for Mount Olive (6-2).
Hanover Park 59, Morristown-Beard 42 – An 18-9 third-quarter boost gave the Hornets a 46-33 advantaget going into the final period. Matt Williams scored 21 points and Max Reynolds added 16 for Hanover Park (6-3).
Delbarton 60, Roxbury 51 – Ryan Curran scored 20 points and Rob Thoma and Adam Schreck added 11 apiece for the Green Wave (5-3). Ryan Kelley posted a 23-point performance for the Gaels.
Morristown 60, Parsippany Hills 42 – The Colonials triumph behind Sean Hoehn’s 23-point effort. Mike D’Edwardo scored 12 for the Vikings.
Mountain Lakes 56, Morris Catholic 48 – Paul Tarnawski scored 21 points and Chris Herring added 11 for the Lakers (4-3). Jay Flaherty scored 15 points for the Crusaders.
Montville 55, High Point 48 – The Mustangs win one on the road. Jesse Warech scored 13 points, Danny Weiss notched 12 and Jacob Kaplan added 10 for Montville which evened its mark at 4-4.
Summit 64, Whippany Park 53 – A. J. Holleran scored 22 to propel the Wildcats.