DENVILLE — Wayne Valley defeated Hanover Park 39-30 to capture its second consecutive Morris Knolls Summer League title on Tuesday.
Wayne Valley built a 22-16 advantage at the half and repelled several Hanover Park runs to earn the victory.
The Wayne Valley players received a pat on the back and a bag of candy for its efforts. There were teams from 12 different schools involved in this year’s tournament traveling from as far away as High Point, Newton and West Milford to compete. Other Morris County teams in action throughout the month of July included Boonton, Butler, Randolph, Parsippany Hills and Pequannock.
The closest the Hornets got was 35-30 on a jumper by Greg Zeien just inside of three minutes.
Wayne Valley advanced to the final with a 52-28 triumph over Whippany Park in the tournament’s semifinal round. The contest was close most of the first half but Wayne Valley used a late burst to lead 24-15 at the half.
The other semifinal contest was a thriller. Brad Daugherty scored off a John Crown pass with seven seconds left to lift Hanover Park to a 64-62 win over Morris Knolls.
The deciding layup spoiled a Golden Eagles rally. Hanover Park held a 33-23 advantage at the half. Morris Knolls rebounded late and tied the contest in the final minute.
It was the second consecutive year that the Hornets had advanced to the finals against Wayne Valley.