MCVBB Top 10 rankings for January 28

Morriscountyvarsityboysbasketball top 10 for January 28

  1. Chatham (12-3) – A quiet week for the Cougars but their win against Morristown was important in avenging an early season loss. A lot of players contribute to the Cougars success. Scott Baker, Sam Carson, Brian Oliver and Dan Winschuh don’t always get headlines but play valuable roles on the Chatham squad.
  2. Mount Olive (12-2) – The Marauders put together their biggest win of the season so far by topping Sparta 68-61 in Sparta. The Marauders perimeter shooting has improved so Coach Kevin Moore is implementing more Grinnell System philosophies back in the playbook. Ryan Traub has picked up the pace. Now he’s more than a backup big man. He’s averaged 15 points a game his last three contests and he’s become a serious perimeter threat.
  3.  Morristown (10-4) – The Colonials competed with Chatham but fell short. Morristown also had a win against Roxbury this week. Despite the loss, the Colonials keep their place.
  4. Delbarton (8-6) – The Green Wave losses were to Poly Prep and Mendham this week but they did sweep their season series with Randolph. Ryan Curran continues to generate offense for Delbarton.
  5. Hanover Park (10-3) – The Hornets are the victims of their own success. Several non-division foes have asked to reschedule games until after the state tournament cutoff which makes for a quiet week. Their win against Whippany Park was a dramatic one since it practically assured them a division title. They have a two-game lead with four division contests to play.
  6. Jefferson (10-2) – The Falcons also move up a spot. They had decisive wins over Lenape Valley and North Warren. Tyler Jones and J.R. Reese have helped Jefferson click on all cylinders.
  7. Morris Knolls (9-6) – An easier schedule might have something to do with the Golden Eagles getting back on track. They also got two of their longest road trips out of the way with wins over High Point and Vernon. Their MCT prelim victory over Dover was a dominant one. .
  8. Mountain Lakes (9-4) – The Lakers are on a 3-game roll. Paul Tarnawski has upped his offensive ability and Christian Cuccinello, Chris Herring and Pierce Langlois have also been playing well. They advanced in the MCT with a win over Butler, now they will face a team that could become tournament darlings in 24th-seeded Parsippany Hills.
  9. Pequannock (10-6) – The Golden Panthers had a surprise loss to Wallkill Valley but responded with wins against Kinnelon and Boonton in the MCT. Their MCT matchup against Mendham will determine whether they deserve to stay in the rankings.
  10. West Morris (8-7) – Consider this a reward to the Highlanders for matching last year’s victory total with wins over Roxbury and Parsippany in the MCT. Pat Barron and Sam McClellan are doing their best to guide a young team that has sophomores playing key positions.

Knocking on the door:

It can be argued that Mendham (7-7) should be allowed to stay in the top 10 especially since they swept Delbarton this year. This is a weird year though and the Mendham hasn’t lost to Parsippany Hills in more than a decade. Their defeat was a shocker especially since the Vikings had two victories (against Kittatinny and Belleville) at the time. Even though Parsippany Hills’ triumph over Whippany Park in the MCT marks them as a team that’s better than their record indicates, it might be best to drop Mendham out of the rankings for this week anyway.

There is a glut of teams on the verge of getting in with near .500 records: Randolph (8-10), Roxbury (6-9), Morris Hills (7-9). Morristown-Beard (7-9). Whippany Park has a 7-6 mark but they are reeling after losses to Hanover Park and Parsippany Hills. Should Parsippany Hills (4-11) be put in the top 10? Not quite yet. This week they face Parsippany High in the annual bragging rights game between cross-town rivals on Monday. They also play Mountain Lakes, a team that seems to be finding its stride, in MCT action.

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

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