RANDOLPH – Joe Timmes scored 15 points and Sam Carson added 13 to lift Chatham to a 59-44 triumph over Randolph in the Morris County Tournament semifinals held at County College of Morris on Saturday.
The Cougars pulled away with a 20-10 fourth quarter effort. The win advances the top-seeded and defending champion team to next Saturday’s title game against Mount Olive, a 62-60 winner over Morristown in the earlier semifinal contest.
Chatham’s Garrett McAuliffe makes a move to the basket while Randolph’s Pat Archer tries to stop him. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)
The title game will be a rematch of last year’s final in which Chatham edged Mount Olive 77-75 on a buzzer-beating shot by Jonathan Berntsen.
Ryan Harris and Thayer Wallace scored 14 points apiece for the 12th-seeded Rams. The physical contest was closer than the score appeared. A 3-pointer by Harris cut Randolph’s deficit to within 41-40 with 5:40 left in regulation.
Thayer Wallace scored all 14 of his points in the first half for Randolph. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)
However, Chatham went on a 14-0 run sparked by a driving layup by Carson that turned into a 3-point play. He was fouled by Aaron Harris, who then left the game with four fouls. The Rams missed eight consecutive shots from the floor in the next five minutes and never recovered.
Brian Oliver is one of Chatham’s many offensive contributors. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)