Mendham wins in OT; West Morris, Delbarton triumph

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Senior guard Alex Jacobs overcame a bad ankle to scored 15 points and grab five rebounds in Mendham’s 41-36 overtime triumph of Sparta in an opening round game of the J. P. Flynn Tournament in Mendham.

Jacobs suffered the injury in the Minutemen’s loss to Hanover Park on Monday. HIs play was pivotal in a contest that Mendham led most of the way before Sparta rallied to tie and send it to overtime. In the closing seconds Jacobs swatted away a Sparta pass which landed in the hands of teammate Nick D’Elia who hit a layup as time expired to cement the win. Jack Horan added 13 points for Mendham which led 27-12 at the half.

West Morris 84, West Milford 77 

Junior guard Conor Barron scored 33 points to pace the Wolfpack in an opening round J.P. Flynn contest. Sam McClellan added 25 points, 16 rebounds and two assists for West Morris (2-0). The Wolfpack led 41-29 and fought off a fourth-quarter surge by the Highlanders.

Delbarton 72, Morris Catholic 65

The Green Wave led 42-29 at the half and held on for the win. Jack Price scored 18 points and was one of four double-digit scorers for the Green Wave (1-2) in the other half of the Flynn Tournament. Wayne Patterson scored 21 points for Morris Catholic (2-1).

Wayne Valley 61, Morris Hills 41

Matt Toohey had 10 points and Dillon Washington added eight for the Scarlet Knights (1-2).

Morristown 69, Watchung Hills 55

Sean Hoehn scored 30 points for the Colonials in the opening round of the Hilltopper Tournament in Summit. Hoehn scored 11 points in the first quarter to help Morristown build a 19-6 advantage. Hoehn scored 12 of his points in the third quarter and he was 10 of 12 from the free throw line overall.

Voorhees 55, Roxbury 49

Doug Alexander scored 18 points in an opening round loss of the Hopatcong Tournament. A 22-5 second quarter run gave the Vikings a 33-18 advantage at the half.

Mountain Lakes 50, Hopatcong 42

The Lakers improve to 2-0. Matt Reese scored 23 points including 15 in the second half. Peyton Miller had eight points and 11 rebounds. A 14-3 second-quarter run gave Mountain Lakes a 21-11 halftime advantage in Hopatcong Tournament play.

Kinnelon 55, Wallkill Valley 52

The Colts upset the host team and gave coach Matthew Arroyo his first varsity victory. Zach Moen and Jaison Buchanan scored 14 points apiece for Kinnelon (1-1). The Colts rallied from a 17-7 first-quarter deficit to advance to the tournament final.

Lakeland 61, Boonton 55

Sammy Asani scored 27 points and Chris D’Avanzo scored 22 for the Bombers. Boonton held a 24-12 first-quarter advantage but it wasn’t enough to reach the Dover Tournament finals. The Bombers fell to 0-3 on the season.

Kittatinny 62, Dover 60

A 19-9 second-quarter effort helped the Cougars to a 31-26 halftime edge. The Tigers fall to 1-2.

Garfield 60, Whippany Park 57

The narrow Garfield Tournament loss drops the Wildcats to 0-2.

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

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