Morristown’s Hoehn keeps Colonials rolling

By Mark Kitchin

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Going into Thursday’s game against Chatham, Sean Hoehn had a chance to join a unique circle of athletes that have scored 1,000 varsity points for the Morristown boys basketball team. The senior guard turned his opportunity into a certainty.

Hoehn needed 22 points to reach his milestone, he got 26 in Morristown’s 58-45 triumph.

Zach Certner finished with 14 points and eight rebounds and Nick Duff added 10 points and eight rebounds for Morristown. The Colonials continue to astound with an 11-1 mark. They are also unbeaten against Morris County competition.

Hoehn joins a group of Morristown athletes that included: Hamp Hazelton, James Winston, Markel Webb, David Caldwell and Mykhael Lattimore.

“His work ethic is contagious,” Morristown coach Bill Connolly said. “He works so hard at it. He’s such a good guy. All the other guys work at it with them. They enjoy being around each other. He’s just constantly working at it. He’s always in the gym. That work ethic has become contagious throughout the program. It’s one of the major reason why we have improved as a team.”

The 6-foot-3 guard reached his milestone by the end of the third quarter. He pulled up to hit a 3-point shot on a breakaway with 45 seconds left to make it 46-29 which brought him to 999 points for his varsity career. He created the next possession with a steal and converted a layup with 28 seconds remaining to break the 1,000 point barrier. He would finish the game with 1,004.

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Morristown guard Sean Hoehn gets plenty of attention. Here the Roxbury gaels have him surrounded. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Hoehn is currently averaging over 27 points a game which places him third in the state. Because he is a major cog in the offense, he plays a key role in Morristown’s success. The senior guard has worked diligently in the offseason to improve his offensive skills.

“I think he’s a lot quicker with his shot which really helps him get his shots off,” teammate James Mongey said. “He’s aggressive. He’s always been aggressive. He’s finishing at the rim. He’s leading us.”

His offensive ability has also made him more of a playmaker. Hoehn is savvy enough an athlete to know when to set up his teammates on the offensive end or take the ball to the basket himself.

“He is the focal point,” senior forward Duff said after a recent win against Roxbury. “I know if we were playing against him we would stress stopping him. We’ve played 11 games and we’ve seen five box-and-ones (zone defenses) just trying to stop him. He doesn’t care if he scores. He just wants to win. It makes no difference to him.”

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

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