Harris leads Morris to 133-115 triumph in Senior Classic

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MOUNT OLIVE Randolph’s Ryan Harris scored 24 points to spark the Morris team to a 133-115 victory over Sussex in the Morris-Sussex Senior All-Star Classic on Thursday in a showcase contest at Mount Olive High School.

Whippany Park’s Jake Waddon and Roxbury’s Ryan Kelley scored 11 points apiece and all 17 players that dressed for the Morris team scored in the contest.

Sparta’s Zach Frick earned MVP honors for Sussex with a 28-point performance and his Spartan teammate Jake Melville scored 20 for the Sussex team. High Point’s John Mutch also had a brilliant performance. His 16 points included back-to-back dunks that thrilled the Sussex fans.

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Morris MVP Ryan Harris of Randolph cuts between Sparta’s Jake Melville (2) and Newton’s Matt Fisher during the Senior Classic. (Photo by Maryann Harlow)

Harris earned MVP honors for Morris. He scored 16 points in the first half to help the Morris team build a 59-45 lead at the half. The Morris squad also had some brilliant moments including a dunk by Waddon and a pair of threes by Mount Olive’s Steve Leonardo. He scored eight points in all and his long range shooting highlighted an important second half run on his home court.

The Morris team led from the opening tip. It started off with a 15-5 advantage and built a 59-45 edge at the half. Melville knocked down a 3-point shot to start the second-half but it was countered by a Leonardo 3-pointer that thrilled the home crowd.

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Morris Knolls’ Brian O’Neill (2) tries to shake Sussex MVP Zack Frick of Sparta in All-Star action. (Photo by Maryann Harlow)

Only once did Sussex cut the deficit back to single digits during the second half. Frick was fouled on a layup off a steal. He knocked down a free throw to make it a 67-58 game around the 17-minute mark of the second half. After a Morris miss, Melville knocked down a jumper, but Morris responded with a 3-pointer by Chatham’s Sam Carson to make it 70-60. Morris went on a 10-0 run after that and maintained a sizable lead the rest of the way.

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

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