Hanover Park triumphs; Montville, Pequannock win openers

Hanover Park used a full-court pressing defense to full advantage in an 88-80 victory over Morris Catholic in a boys basketball opener for both teams in Denville.

The Hornets built a 15-10 first-quarter edge and never relinquished the lead. Hanover Park used 14 players in the first half and constantly switched up defenses turning the game into a mad scramble most of the time.

Brad Daugherty scored 19 points, Donny Dattolo scored 16 points and John Crown added 12 for the Hornets. Amir Allen led all scorers with 25 points for the Crusaders.

50 bb hpmcHanover Park’s John Crown drives for a layup during Friday’s 88-80 win over Morris Catholic (Photo by Mark Kitchin).

Chatham 44, Hillside 37

A 10-3 third quarter run helped the Cougars build a 28-25 edge going into the fourth quarter.

Dover 62. Kinnelon 42

The Tigers led 29-20 at the half and never relinquished its advantage. The victory marked the first varsity win for new coach John Romano.

Montville 66, Morristown 65

Eric Werheim had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to lift the Mustangs to victory in their home opener.

Jacob Kaplan had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Jacob Coleman had 10 points and seven rebounds. Colonials’ Jack Mongey had 22 points including three 3-pointers and Rohan Walker contributed 18 points for Morristown.

16 bb hpmcMorris Catholic’s Sam Mollahan drives to the hoop but Hanover Park’s Donny Dattolo has other ideas during first half action. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Mount Olive 58, West Morris 56

Donte Wise’s 15-point effort sparked the Marauders to an opening day victory. Chris Grillo had 11 points and Tyler Piekarz added 10 for Mount Olive. The Marauders rallied from a 36-23 halftime deficit.

Mountain Lakes 75, Boonton 66

The Lakers took control with a 21-10 fourth-quarter run.

Pequannock 65, Madison 56

Ian Campbell scored 18 points and Bryan Peters and James Hitchcock had 15 points each to lift the Golden Panthers in their home opener. Pequannock pulled away with a 28-18 fourth-quarter effort.

Jesse Paradiso scored 18 points and Kevin Armstrong added 15 for the Dodgers.

55 bb hpmcHanover Park guard Sam Cappobianca has Morris Catholic’s Cyrus Young on his hip. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Roxbury 42, Sparta 33

Doug Alexander scored 15 points to help the Gaels win the defensive struggle. Steven Loreng added 14 points for Roxbury in the road triumph.

Whippany Park 46, Parsippany 39

Ryan Gaynor scored 13 points, Mark Basista had 12 points and eight rebounds and Joe Michalewski added 11 points for the Wildcats. The triumph gave new coach Brady Maher his inaugural varsity win. Declan Devens scored 13 points for Parsippany.

Morristown-Beard 70, Butler 33

Brian Monaghan’s 25-point effort paced the way for the Crimson. Morristown-Beard got a quick start and led 43-13 at the half. Justin Rodriguez added 10 points for the Crimson in their opener.

Randolph 87, Parsippany Hills 38

The Rams led 45-23 at the half and never looked back in their road victory.

Delbarton 57, Mendham 48

A 15-2 third quarter rally helped the Green Wave build a 48-31 advantage going into the final quarter.

Morris Knolls 52, Morris Hills 46

The Golden Eagles rallied from a 34-29 third-quarter deficit to get a leg up in the sister-school rivalry.

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

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