Langan’s free throws help Jefferson hold off West Milford

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Tyler Jones scored 22 points and Bryan Langan added 11 points including three free throws in the final 17 seconds to lift Jefferson to a 63-59 triumph over West Milford in North Jersey Section 1, Group III action on Tuesday.

J. R. Reese also had 11 points and Danny Brown corralled some big rebounds down the stretch for fourth-seeded Jefferson (19-5). The Falcons play the winner of Morris Hills at Old Tappen in the sectional quarterfinals.

Luke Basket scored 15 points and Tom Pegel scored 14 for the gritty West Milford squad. The 13th-seeded Highlanders rallied from a 51-43 fourth-quarter deficit. They had a chance to tie the game late in regulation with the Falcons holding a 62-59 lead but Mike Otero’s 3-point shot rattled off the rim. Jefferson’s Danny Brown grabbed a rebound and got the ball to Langan who was fouled with 1.7 seconds left. He knocked down one of his two free throws to secure the victory and guarantee Jefferson another home game on Thursday.

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Tyler Jones was hot in the first half for Jefferson during Tuesday’s state tournament game. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Jones scored 19 of his points in the first half. A 3-point shot late in the second quarter helped the Falcons open up a 35-23 edge going into halftime.

Layups by Jones and Jeremy DeCotiis helped Jefferson open up a 16-point lead but West Milford with the help of four 3-point shots cut its deficit to 49-41 going into the final period.

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Jefferson’s Danny Brown scored eight points but also contributed some big rebounds. (Photo by Mark Kitchin).

The Falcons led 58-50 at about the 3:30 mark when the Highlanders rattled off seven consecutive points on a Pegel layup, a Noah Basket 3-pointer and a Luke Basket jump shot. That made it a one-point game with 2:07 left.

However, Jefferson never relinquished its lead. A Brown layup off a Langan feed made it a 3-point game again. Twice West Milford went to the free throw line with chances to cut their deficit to one or none but only hit one of two shots in each appearance and were not able to catch the Falcons.

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Watching Jefferson’s Bryan Langan battle with West Milford’s Noah Basket was like watching a game within a game. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Morris County results

North 2, Group III

Mendham 45, West Morris 38 – The Minutemen rallied with  a 19-8 fourth-quarter effort to upend its sister school rivals. Nick D’Elia scored 15 points and Kal Roemer scored 12 including eight in the crucial fourth quarter for Mendham (14-10). Pat Barron scored 16 points for West Morris (9-15).

Morristown 41, Cranford 31 – The Colonials pulled away with a 10-2 fourth quarter. Sean Hoehn scored 13 points and Trey Davis and Naeem Pierce added 11 points apiece. Morristown improves to 17-7.

Chatham 51, Governor Livingston 47 – The top-seeded Cougars advance. Chatham is 21-5.

North 2, Group I

Newark Vocational 80, Whippany Park 69, 2OT – Jake Waddon scored 26 points and Ryan Gaynor added 15 for the Wildcats. A. J. Holleran added 13 for Whippany Park which rallied from a 42-39 fourth-quarter deficit. The game was tied at 55 in regulation and tied again at 66 at the first overtime. Jamal Smith scored nine of his 24 points in the second overtime for Newark Vocational. Whippany Park finishes at 12-9.

North 1, Group III

Irvington 57, Roxbury 31 – A 12-2 second-quarter run gave Irvington a 27-12 edge at the half. Doug Alexander scored nine points and Ryan Kelley added eight points for Roxbury (9-17).

Mount Olive 85, River Dell 52 — Zach Heeman scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Marauders to a state tournament triumph. Rashaan Spencer added 14 points and Ryan Traub added 12 for Mount Oliver (22-5). The Marauders took control early with a 26-6 first quarter surge.

Teaneck 83, Montville 61 — A 27-6 second quarter helped top-seeded Teaneck build a 42-24 halftime lead. The Mustangs finish at 11-13.

Non Public North A

Bergen Catholic 62, Delbarton 50 — The Green Wave finish at 15-10.

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

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