Chatham, Mount Olive stand tall atop MCVBB rankings

Morriscountyvarsityboysbasketball top 10 for February 18

  1. Chatham (19-3) – The Cougars defeated Randolph 59-44 to advance to the Morris County Tournament final for the second consecutive year. Chatham also had a win against West Morris in regular season play to add to their 13-game winning streak. They are tied for first with Morristown in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference-National Division with division games vs. Mendham (Tue.) and at Roxbury (Thur.) left on the schedule.
  2. Mount Olive (19-4) – The Marauders advanced to their second consecutive MCT final with a gritty 62-60 win over Morristown. Ryan Traub and Steve Leonardo have been among their heroes. They also had a non-division win against Mendham. The Marauders have two American Division losses. Their chances of capturing even a share of the division title are slim because of Pope John’s unbeaten division mark but they play the Lions on Thursday in Mount Olive.
  3. Morristown (15-6) – It was a tough week for the Colonials who lost to Mount Olive in MCT action despite Ryan Hoehn’s 28 points. They also dropped a game to Randolph 54-48. The defeat put them in a National Division tie with Chatham. The Colonials have games vs. Delbarton (Tue.) and at Mendham (Thur.) this week.
  4. Delbarton (13-9) – The Green Wave split this week. They topped Jefferson 68-60 in a road triumph but dropped a game to West Milford.
  5. Randolph (12-13) – The Rams continue their inconsistent season. Randolph fell to Chatham 59-44 in the MCT semifinal. Earlier in the week they earned a road victory against Morristown, splitting the season series and sending the Colonials in a first-place tie with Chatham in the division.
  6. Hanover Park (16-4) – Congratulation to Nick Burbella, who had a career-high 16-point performance in the Hornets 75-58 win over Mountain Lakes. Hanover Park also had wins against Pequannock and Madison. The Hornets have a commanding lead in the NJAC-Liberty Division if they have not already captured the title outright.
  7. Mendham (12-9) – The Minutemen move up a spot in the rankings despite a 48-42 loss to Mount Olive in a non-conference road game. Mendham also had a win against Roxbury last week. Although they are out of the NJAC-National race, the Minutemen could play a hand in deciding it with games against Chatham and Morristown this week.
  8. Morris Knolls (12-10) – The Golden Eagles’ rocky road continues. They dropped a 54-52 game to a surging Montville team and defeated Parsippany Christian 70-55.
  9. Jefferson (15-5) – The Falcons have been sluggish lately and were knocked down a spot or two because of defeats against Morris Hills and Delbarton. Fortunately neither was a Freedom Division game. Jefferson is scheduled to play at Wallkill Valley (Tue.) and vs. Lenape Valley (Thur.) this week. They have one division loss while nearest rival Hackettstown has three Freedom defeats.
  10. Mountain Lakes (15-6) – The Lakers have pretty much sewn up the NJAC-Independence but they still have some work left to do on the schedule. Mountain Lakes suffered a loss to Hanover Park in a crossover game but were victorious against Boonton and Roxbury.

Knocking on the door:

Pequannock (13-10) suffered a loss to Hanover Park but earned wins against Butler and Madison. Whippany Park (12-7) is on a four-game winning streak and recently posted wins against Wallkill Valley and West Morris. Montville (10-11) is making a strong bid to get back into the top 10 before the end of the season. The Mustangs are on a four-game winning streak and recent victories against Morris Knolls and Hopatcong have helped their cause. Morris Hills (9-14) improved its chances with an upset over Jefferson.

(Rankings only include games played up to February 17.)

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

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