Chatham solidifies hold on top 10 rankings

Morriscountyvarsityboysbasketball top 10 for January 21


  1. Chatham (10-3) – The Cougars were awarded the top seed of the Morris County Tournament. They had dominating wins against Mendham and Roxbury this week.
  2. Mount Olive (10-2) – The Marauders continue to play well. They had a dominating road win against High Point and also played well in a charity contest against Tottenville of Staten Island.
  3. Morristown (9-3) – The Colonials are no fluke. Wins against perennial favorites Delbarton and Mendham has shown that Morristown deserves its rankings. Sean Hoehn runs the point and Ryan Brunnock and Naeem Pierce also play key roles.
  4. Delbarton (7-4) – The Green Wave split this week with a win against West Morris and a loss to Morristown.
  5. Mendham (6-6) – The Minutemen are slumping a bit but considering their recent losses were to Chatham and Morristown it is tough to punish them too much. They defeated Hanover Park earlier in the year so this is a good spot for them. They also defeated Delbarton opening night but the Green Wave are playing better now. The Route 24 rivals face each other again on Tuesday.
  6. Hanover Park (9-3) – The Hornets are beating the teams they should beat but they lack that quality win that will vault them up higher in the rankings. They will be challenged on Tuesday against Whippany Park which is out for revenge.
  7. Jefferson (9-2) – The Falcons continue to win while teams like Morris Knolls and West Morris have been having rough weeks. The return of point guard Bryan Langan from injury elevates their play.
  8. Morris Knolls (6-6) – Should the Golden Eagles be penalized for playing Seton Hall Prep, Pope John and Sparta? They lost all three games against very tough teams. Give them credit for scheduling the Pirates, but it remains to be seen what they will gain from it.
  9. Mountain Lakes (7-4) – The Lakers have won five of their last seven. Paul Tarnawski continues to be a source of points around the rim. Senior guard Chris Herring is warming up on the perimeter.
  10. Pequannock (8-6) – Give the Golden Panthers kudos for a lengthy win streak after a 2-5 start. Although their schedule is not the toughest, putting together such a run is no easy task. Nick LaPorta does a great job of running the offense and Kurt Weinmann has been a key scorer and rebounder.

Knocking on the door:

Whippany Park (6-4) could have been in the ranking if not for a loss to Mountain Lakes in a late Saturday contest. Watch out for the Wildcats especially since Jake Waddon is back from an ankle injury. He balances the court by playing well in the inside while A. J. Holleran excels on the perimeter and on drives. The Wildcats also have two freshmen, Ryan Gaynor and Mark Bassista, that are making major contributions on the varsity level.  Randolph (6-9) couldn’t be moved up because of a road loss to Roxbury but the Rams remain a very dangerous team especially during MCT action. Roxbury (5-7) could have made a big jump but their 20-point loss to Chatham negated any movement in the rankings. Watch for Gaels’ Ryan Kelley, one of the area’s better point guards. Someone had to drop out this week and it ended up being West Morris (6-6). The Highlanders have lost five of their last six games.


About mcvbb

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

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