MCT upsets alter MCVBB Top 10 rankings

Morriscountyvarsityboysbasketball top 10 for February 4


  1. Chatham (15-3) – The Cougars are on a nine-game winning streak. They enjoyed wins over Delbarton and Madison and they were tested by Morris Hills in the Morris County Tournament but prevailed in a 56-51 victory.
  2. Mount Olive (14-3) – The Marauders had a wild week. They came back from a double-digit deficit to defeat Morris Knolls. Then played well in a 72-68 loss to Pope John and University of Cincinnati-bound Jermaine Lawrence the following night. The Marauders routed Morristown-Beard 79-49 in the MCTs.
  3. Morristown (12-4) – The Colonials won a pair of games last week but they were challenged. They edged West Morris 57-55 at home. They had a balanced offensive effort and played good defense in a 50-41 MCT triumph over Roxbury.
  4. Delbarton (9-7) – The Green Wave fell to Chatham 55-42 at home. They had little trouble against West Morris in an MCT contest.
  5. Morris Knolls (10-7) – The Golden Eagles suffered a rough home loss to Mount Olive after leading the Marauders by more than 24 points in the second quarter. They make a jump up with an outstanding effort in a 69-65 overtime win over Hanover Park in MCT action. Hugo Jimenez and Mike Signer put in tremendous performances for the 12th-seeded team which will face Randolph in the next round.
  6. Hanover Park (11-4) – The Hornets drop a notch after losing to the Golden Eagles in MCT action. They had a victory over Dover during the week.
  7. Jefferson (12-3) – The Falcons were knocked out of tournament play with a 69-64 overtime loss against 12th-seeded Randolph. The loss broke a nine-game winning streak. They earned victories over Hopatcong and a good Hackettstown team.
  8. Mountain Lakes (11-4) – The Lakers keep in place with a 44-36 win over Pequannock and an MCT triumph over upstart 24th-seeded Parsippany Hills. They have won five games in a row.
  9. Mendham (9-7) – It’s been a rough go for the Minutemen, which gained victories over Randolph and Pequannock in the Morris County Tournament. However, injuries to Alex Jacobs and T. K .Hayes are in danger of scuttling their season.
  10. Randolph (9-11) – The Rams have a losing record but are a very dangerous team. They proved it by rallying to defeat Jefferson in an MCT overtime triumph. A regular-season loss to Mendham (31-29) kept them from rising higher up the rankings this week.

Knocking on the door:

Pequannock (10-8) was knocked out of the rankings because of its MCT loss to Mendham as well as a regular-season defeat against Mountain Lakes. West Morris (8-9) was knocked down because of back-to-back losses to Morristown and Delbarton in the MCT. .

A regular-season victory against Morristown-Beard has Whippany Park (8-6) getting back into contention. MCT losses kept Roxbury (8-10), Morris Hills (8-11) and Morristown-Beard (7-11) from making a jump into the top 10.


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

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