MCVBB Final Top 10

Morriscountyvarsityboysbasketball Final top 10

 

  1. Mount Olive (23-6) – The Marauders earn the honors of the No. 1 team by virtue of their Morris County Tournament title, their first in school history. Mount Olive defeated Chatham 67-54 to earn the honors. They also had a strong run in state play with wins over River Dell and Ramapo before falling to Sparta in North 1, Group III semifinal action. Junior center Zach Heeman was selected Player of the Year and Rashaan Spencer was a first-team All-Morris selection for Mount Olive.
  2. Chatham (22-6) – The Cougars had a terrific year but seemed to swoon near the end losing two of their last five. They lost to Morristown in a late regular-season game which relegated them to only a share of the NJAC-National. A fourth quarter scoring drought doomed them in the MCT final against Mount Olive in which they were trying to repeat as champs. They did have state tournament wins over Governor Livingston and Plainfield but fell to Irvington in sectional semifinal action. The balanced and deep team relied on a strong core of seven seniors for their success. Standouts included steady forward All-Morris first teamer Joe Timmes and sharp shooting guard Sam Carson.
  3. Morristown (18-8) – The Colonials are back. After nearly a decade of struggle, Coach Bill Connolly has the program back on track. They advanced to the MCT semifinals and gave eventual champion Mount Olive a spirited game before falling 62-60. In state action Morristown prevailed against Cranford and Rahway before falling to section champ Newark East Side. Point guard Sean Hoehn had a marvelous junior season and senior guard Ryan Brunnock made some big shots. They were co-champs in the NJAC-National with Chatham. It was Morristown basketball’s first division title of any kind in over 30 years.
  4. Randolph (15-14) – The Rams had a wild ride. They started off the season at 4-9 and had to deal with a coaching change, but there was no doubt that they were a talented crew. They grabbed the 13th-seed in the MCT and had an upset win against Jefferson to advance to the quarterfinals. Their grind out win against Morris Knolls gave Randolph a chance at revenge against Chatham in semifinal play but lost 59-44. The Rams earned a state win against Wayne Valley but fell to Paterson East Side. Ryan Harris earned first team honors and Michael Talbert also had a banner year for Randolph.
  5. Hanover Park (18-5) – The Hornets rebounded from the devastating loss of their leading scorer Jimmy Sivolella in the fall to have a successful season. They captured NJAC Liberty honors by going undefeated in division play. Hanover Park had a disappointing upset loss to Morris Knolls in opening round MCT play but rebounded to win seven of its last eight games. In state play the Hornets won a thrilling game against Garfield in the final seconds but fell to Snyder (Jersey City) in the quarterfinal round. Senior Matt Williams did a little bit of everything for the Hornets which also got a fine season from point guard Brendan Rudolph..
  6. Mendham (14-11) – It wasn’t pretty or easy but the Minutemen cobbled together a winning season despite devastating injuries and offensive difficulties. Mendham’s scoring woes were made worse when shooters Alex Jacobs and T. K. Hayes suffered season-ending injuries. The Minutemen used a deliberate offense and scrambling, battling defense to frustrate opponents. They earned an opening round MCT win over Pequannock before falling to eventual champion Mount Olive in quarterfinal action. They played spoiler by upsetting Chatham in the final week of regular season to affect the NJAC-National Division race. In state play Mendham knocked off sister-school West Morris before falling to Newark East Side. Mendham got good efforts from point guard Bobby Stolz and strong rebounding and inside play from Kal Roemer and Will Gibbs.
  7. Delbarton (15-10) – The Green Wave had their moments. They rebounded from a loss to Morristown in the quarterfinals of the MCT to beat the Colonials in the final week of the season and keep them from earning outright NJAC-National division honors. Their state tournament exit was a quick one in a loss to Bergen Catholic. Delbarton received strong performances by Ryan Curran, Rob Thoma and Asad Braswell.
  8. Morris Knolls (12-13) – The Golden Eagles’ struggled to the finish but received good marks overall since graduation losses from the year before could have devastated them. Their highlight was a 69-65 triumph Hanover Park in opening round MCT play. Morris Knolls fell to Randolph in the quarterfinals of a very physical game. The end of the season was tough with back-to-back losses to very good teams at Sparta and Pope John and then a state loss at Passaic Tech. Brian O’Neill stepped up after two years as a contributor to become a major player for the Golden Eagles. Mike Signer, Carroll and Hugo Jimenez also played key roles.
  9. Jefferson (19-6) – The Falcons emerged as NJAC-Freedom Division champions. They suffered what could have been a debilitating loss against Randolph in the first round of the MCT, but responded by winning 7 of their next 10 games. A highlight was probably their first round victory over West Milford in state play. They were also scrappy in their state loss against Old Tappan in which the team was eliminated on a buzzer-beating shot. Bryan Langan and Kevin Silverstein were among this year’s standouts and junior Tyler Jones has emerged as a budding star.
  10. Mountain Lakes (16-9) – The Lakers captured the NJAC-Independence title.  They earned MCT victories over Butler and Parsippany Hills before falling to Chatham in quarterfinal round play. They were eliminated early in state tournament play due to an astounding performance by Kinnelon. Paul Tarnowski excelled on rebounds and putbacks for Mountain Lakes. The back court duo of Chris Cuccinello and Chris Herron also had their moments.
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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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