MCVBB Top 10 for February 24

Morriscountyvarsityboysbasketball Top 10

1) Mount Olive (19-3) The Marauders continued their stellar Morris County Tournament run with a 62-40 triumph over Mendham. Last week they also lost to state ranked Pope John. Two of their three losses came against the Lions. They also had an opening day loss against Sparta. High Point is left on the Marauders’ regular season schedule. All eyes will be on them as they defend their MCT title against Morristown next Saturday at County College of Morris.

2) Morristown (19-1) The Colonials continue to roll. They are in the midst of a 13-game winning streak. Recent triumphs include wins over Mendham and previously undefeated Jefferson (76-53) in the MCT. Standout senior guard Sean Hoehn may not be scoring as much as he did earlier in the season but he is distributing more. The Colonials aren’t missing a beat. Their MCT final game against Mount Olive should be a fun contest. A win against Chatham will give them an undefeated season in the NJAC-National. They will open up state play at home against Irvington.

3) Jefferson (21-1) It’s been a historic season for the Falcons. They have set school records including longest winning streak and most victories to start a season. They were in unfamiliar territory when they lost to Morristown in the MCT semifinals. The Falcons had not gone that deep in the tournament in 39 years. To be fair, they played in the SCIL for most of those seasons and never had a reason to enter. The NJAC-Freedom champs tune up for the states with games against West Morris and Morris Hills. Lakeland is their first state tournament foe.

4) Mendham (14-8) Give the Minutemen credit. Despite injuries they put in creditable showings against the area’s top teams. They had a very good effort before losing to Mount Olive in the MCT. They also suffered a regular-season loss to Morristown. They finish out their division schedule against Chatham and have a crossover game against Montville as a tune up for state play. Their first tournament opponent is Cliffside Park.

5) Morris Catholic (16-7) The Crusaders have hit a bump in the road. They have lost three of their last four including a defeat against resurgent Mountain Lakes. They have games against Randolph and Pequannock on their regular season schedule to right the ship before state play begins.

6) Randolph (12-11) It’s win one and lose one for the Rams once again. They lost a regular season non-conference game to East Orange but then defeated Parsippany Hills. They have one NJAC-National game left against traditional rival Roxbury. Their crossover game against Morris Catholic should be a good tune up for state play. Traveling to Bloomfield for states will be no fun.

7) Hanover Park (13-5) The mighty Hornets have won three of their last four including wins over Pequannock and Madison. They have a game with Parsippany left on the regular season schedule. Then the top seed in North 2, Group II opens up state play with a home game against Madison.

8) West Morris (10-7) It was a good week for the Wolfpack. They enjoyed a non-conference win against New Brunswick and followed it up with a triumph over Delbarton. Jefferson should give them a good warmup for state play although traveling to Orange for a state tournament game will be no fun.

9) Mountain Lakes (12-7) The Lakers sneak in because they are on a 5-game roll with wins against Morris Catholic and Chatham. They are getting good play from guards Chris Boyhan and Christian Cuccinello. Matt Reese is a consistent scorer and a long range threat. Glen Ridge and Governor Livingston are tune up opponents. They face Pequannock in opening round state play.

10) Montville (12-9) A loss to Sparta and a win against Vernon keeps the Mustangs on an even keel. A crossover game against Mendham is a good idea before state tournament play begins. Don’t envy Montville though, as it has to travel to Bergenfield to start the tournament.

Chatham (12-8) fell out of the top 10 due to its loss to Mountain Lakes. Dover (13-8) and Morristown-Beard (14-7) received consideration this week. The top 10 does not include Monday’s games.

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

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