Raiola’s buzzer-beater lifts Chatham past Mendham


Senior guard Robert Raiola knocked down a 3-point shot at the buzzer to lift Chatham to a 49-46 victory over Mendham on Friday. Luke Conrad scored 26 points including 15 in the first half for the Cougars (8-3). Alex Jacobs scored 19 and Joe Lamberto added eight points for Mendham (8-3).

Chatham trailed most of the second half but rallied late in the fourth quarter. A Conrad 3-pointer and a driving layup gave the Cougars a 45-41 edge with 1:22 remaining but Mendham countered with a Jacobs 3-pointer from the top of the key  to cut the lead to one with 1:09 to go.

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Chatham’s Luke Conrad drives for two of his 26 points in the first half of Friday’s contest. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Several possessions later a Colin McKenna free throw (13 points overall) made the score 46-44 with 16 seconds left. Mendham tied the score with Lamberto was fouled on a drive and swished two free throws with six seconds left. It set up Raiola’s deep 3-pointer. He was about 35 feet away on the left side of the court when his open shot drew net at the buzzer and he was mobbed by his happy teammates.

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Chatham’s Robert Raiola (3) was the hero of Friday’s game. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

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Pope John 78, Morris Knolls 56

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Mountain Lakes 52, Boonton 37

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Many floor burns were earned during the Chatham-Mendham game. Cougars Danny Winschuh and Minutemen’s Alex Jacobs got their feet tangled up. Luke Conrad has the ball. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Pequannock 52, Butler 48

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Morristown 65, Delbarton 44

The Colonials toppled the cross-town Green Wave. A 28-9 third quarter burst made the difference. Sean Hoehn scored 25 points and James Mongey added 12 for Morristown (8-1). Seamus Craugh had a 14-point game for Delbarton  (3-7).

Mount Olive 87, High Point 47

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Hanover Park 77, Madison 47

The Hornets are 7-2. Hanover Park took control early with a 25-11 first quarter spree. John Crown scored 18 for the Hornets.

Sparta 61, Montville 38

The Mustangs drop to 6-4 on the season. The Spartans led 27-11 at the half. Jesse Warech paced Montville with 13 points. Kevin Foulds had 21 points and seven rebounds for Sparta.

Morris Hills 59, Vernon 53

The Scarlet Knights led 37-19 at the half. Morris Hills is 3-7 on the season.Dillon Washington scored 14 points and Matt Toohey and Austin Staikos contributed 12 points apiece for the Scarlet Knights.

Randolph 64, Roxbury 60

With the win against their neighboring rivals, the Rams improve to 4-8. The Gaels led 50-46 going into the fourth quarter.Barry Lynch scored 15 points and Mike Talbert added 11 for Randolph. Grant Dixon scored 18 points and Tim Pilrun added 12 for the Roxbury.

West Morris 63, Parsippany Hills 54

The Wolfpack is on a 3-game roll. They rallied from a 3-point halftime deficit with a 24-12 effort in the third quarter. Conor Barron scored 22 points and Sam McClellan added 19 for West Morris ( 7-4).


About mcvbb

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

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