Mount Olive, Morristown continue Top 10 reign

Morriscountyvarsityboysbasketball Top 10 list

1) Mount Olive (10-2) The Marauders were challenged this week. They suffered a 20-point loss to Pope John, which is unbeaten against Morris and Sussex competition. Then they struggled but finally earned a road win at Mendham. They are the top seed in the Morris County Tournament.  This week they have a chance of avenging their other loss with a home game against Sparta. Montville is also on their list.

2) Morristown (9-1) The Colonials rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Morristown-Beard in their only game of the week. I’m keeping Morristown at its spot due to the strength of the physical NJAC-National. The Colonials are unbeaten against area competition. Senior guard Sean Hoehn is tough to stop. He is averaging 28.3 points per game. They have games against Roxbury and Chatham upcoming.

3) Jefferson (12-0) It’s tough to stay unbeaten and the Falcons certainly have arguments to claim the top spot. I wish the schedule was a little tougher or their Freedom Division opponents challenged them a little more. Jefferson does have good balance. They are athletic and fun to watch. They pounded Lenape Valley and Mountain Lakes last week. This week they face North Warren and Hopatcong.

4) Mendham (8-4) The Minutemen put on an impressive performance despite losing to Mount Olive last week. Senior guard Alex Jacobs is among the top players in the county. Mendham is getting the rebounding and defense it needs to hang in games. Home games against Delbarton and Parsippany Hills are next on the schedule.

5) Hanover Park (9-3) The Hornets belong here for now even though they defeated Mendham on opening day. They suffered their first Morris County loss when they dropped a game to Delbarton last week. Hanover Park is another team with good balance. None of their starters average double-digits in scoring. They have Parsippany next as well as another meeting with sister-school Whippany Park.

6) West Morris (8-4) West Morris is on a 4-game roll. Their latest victory came against an athletic Morris Knolls squad.  Since Randolph and Roxbury are both dangerous squads, they will be busy this week.

7) Chatham (8-4) A loss to Roxbury drops the Cougars a few spots as they continue to suffer through an up-and-down season. They play away at Parsippany Hills and then have a chance to bounce back against juggernaut Morristown.

8) Morris Catholic (9-4) The Crusaders remain in the eighth spot but maybe not for long. They won their last three including a successful road trip to defeat Philly’s Malvern Prep. Two sophomore transfers Wayne Patterson and Amir Allen have improved the team’s athleticism on offense both on the perimeter and in the paint. It’s also given them some depth since athletes like Jay Flaherty and Amir Hamilton can come off the bench and make an impression. Butler, Pequannock and Boonton are next on the schedule. They also have a Morris County Tournament prelim against Parsippany High.

9) Montville (7-4) A win against Vernon kept the Mustangs in good stead.  Montville beats the teams that it should but has not had a signature victory yet. They have Morris Hills next and then the challenge of facing Mount Olive. A preliminary round MCT game against Butler is also looming.

10) Dover (7-5) Not being happy with the other performances near the bottom of the rankings, giving Dover some attention seems worthwhile. The Tigers went 10-14 last year and are capable of surpassing that effort this year. They have the area’s only 7-footer. David Bollok is not the most agile performer but he does have good instincts. His presence alters shots and allows the other Tigers to be more aggressive on defense. Ryan Charyshyn is offensive minded. He has good range but also loves to drive to the hoop. They are guided by first-year coach Brian Phillips. Dover has a home game against Kinnelon in the MCT prelims.

Morristown-Beard (8-4) was also considered for the top 10.

Please note that the top 10 does not include Tuesday games.

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

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