Cinderella tournament teams can turn into pumpkins fast, especially when their opponents are knocking down their free throws at the end. Chris Herring scored 14 points and Pierce Langlois added 11 to lift Mountain Lakes to a 49-37 victory over Parsippany Hills on Saturday.
The victory crushed the Vikings tournament dreams. Parsippany Hills, seeded 25th and next to last, upset ninth-seeded Whippany Park in the preliminary round last week and hoped to keeping shocking opponents. However, eighth seeded Mountain Lakes was ahead for most of the contest and thwarted any late rallies at the line. Christian Cuccinello, Herring and Langlois were a combined 6-for-6 in free throws in the final two minutes to keep the Lakers ahead. Eighth-seeded Mountain Lakes moves on to face top-seeded Chatham in quarterfinal round play next Saturday.
Mountain Lakes’ Sam Walsh puts pressure on Parsippany Hills’ Mike DiEdwardo during first-half action. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)
Kire Milevski scored 10 points and Connor Clark added seven points to pace the Vikings.
Chatham 56, Morris Hills 51 – Sam Carson scored 26 points and Joe Timmes added 20 in a close battle between the top-seeded Cougars and 16th-seeded Scarlet Knights. The game was tied at 22-all at the half and Chatham had a 35-33 edge after three quarters. Brian Walls, Rob Sihlanick and Matt Szkola scored 11 points apiece for Morris Hills (8-11). Chatham improves to 15-3 and will play Mountain Lakes in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Mount Olive 79, Morristown-Beard 49 – The Marauders led 45-32 at the half and pulled away with a 20-3 third-quarter burst. Zach Heeman scored 18 points and Rashaan Spencer added 17 for Mount Olive which canned 11 3-pointers in all. The win lifts the Marauders to 14-3 and advances them to play seventh-seeded Mendham in the quarterfinals. No. 15 Morristown-Beard drops to 7-11.
Mendham 38, Pequannock 25 – The Minutemen prevailed in a low scoring affair. Mendham led 14-5 after one quarter and 21-13 at halftime. The home win lifts the Minutemen to 8-7. Pequannock falls to 10-7.
Parsippany Hills’ Kyle Annese and Mountain Lakes Paul Tarnawski battle for a rebound on Saturday. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)
Morristown 50, Roxbury 41 – The third-seeded Colonials pulled away with a 15-8 burst in the fourth quarters. Guard Sean Hoehn scored 14 points, Ryan Brunnock scored 13 and Naeem Pierce contributed 12 for the Colonials (12-4). Ryan Kelley led all scorers with 21 points and Doug Alexander added 12 for the 14th-seeded Gaels (8-10). Morristown will play Delbarton in quarterfinal action next Saturday.
Delbarton 69, West Morris 43 – A 17-6 second-quarter run gave the Green Wave a commanding 39-22 advantage at the half. Ryan Curran scored 26 points; Asad Braswell added 11 and V. J. Johnson chipped in with nine points for Delbarton (9-7). Pat Barron scored 19 points and Sean McElwaine added nine for the Highlanders (8-9).
Mountain Lakes coach John ByDook rallies his troops to an MCT opening round victory. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)
Morris Knolls, an upset winner over Hanover Park, and Randolph will play in the fourth quarterfinal contest next Saturday.