The Montville basketball team expected to do many good things this year but shutting out Jefferson for a quarter and holding them to 10 first half points was not one of them.
Jacob Kaplan scored 16 to lead Montville to a 51-29 victory in a regular season battle of two teams with double-digit victory totals. Reserve Kevin Koske scored 11 points off the bench for the Mustangs (11-2). Jay Flaherty scored eight points for Jefferson (10-3).
The Falcons couldn’t get any shots to fall in the first quarter. Tenacious Montville defense and some poor luck from Jefferson shooters combined to lift the Mustangs to a 9-0 first-quarter advantage.
The shot blocking skill of Erik Werheim (15) is one reason the Montville defense can be tenacious. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)
“We are just finally jelling on defense,” Montville coach Bill Medina said. “We’ve been working very hard in practices. At this point of the season we have come to the conclusion of situations on the floor. They are seeing things before they happen. Everything they threw at us, we were prepared for. They have seen it all at this point. We played well and we talked a lot today.”
The Mustangs are off to one of their best starts in years. Medina wants to keep his team’s blinders on as the season progresses.
“We know where we stand and we feel pretty good,” Medina said. “We don’t want to overlook anyone at this point. We know, at least in my years here, we would have a good seed and get upset or just never get as far as we hoped. We are going to enjoy this win and worry about Randolph on Monday for practice.”
Kevin Koske (44) gave Montville a big lift off the bench on Saturday. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)
West Milford 62, Roxbury 48
Doug Anderson scored 18 points and Steven Loreng scored 13 for the Gaels in a non-conference contest. The Highlanders led 27-22 at the half.
Morris County Tournament Results
Morris Catholic 84, Boonton 81
Amir Allen had 24 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots to pace the 15th-seeded Crusaders Amir Hamilton had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Spencer had 12 points for Morris Catholic (8-7). The Crusaders play Roxbury in the next round. Sammy Asani scored 41 points, snatched seven rebounds and distributed eight assist for 18th-seeded Boonton. Josh Smith added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Bombers (7-8).
Morris Hills 45, Parsippany 40
Zach Jackson scored 14 points and Matt Toohey added 13 for the 14th-seeded Scarlet Knights. Morris Hills rallied from a 33-29 third-quarter deficit. The Scarlet Knights play Chatham in the next round. Deandre Fils-Aime, Andrew Smith and Hayden Cerrato scored 10 points each for the 19th-seeded Red Hawks.
Morris Knolls 52, Dover 42
The 13th-seeded Golden Eagles improved to 8-5. Morris Knolls will play fourth-seeded Mendham in the next round.
Randolph 50, West Morris 48
The 21st-seeded Rams pulled the upset. Randolph rallied from a 31-29 deficit going into the fourth quarter. The Rams (4-10) play Montville in the next round. Andrew Sciancalepore scored 13 points and Jeremy Simmons added nine points for Randolph. Conor Barron scored 19 points for 12h-seeded West Morris (6-9).
Pequannock 54, Madison 39
Bryan Peters scored 19 points including three 3-pointers for the 11th-seeded Golden Panthers (10-4). Pequannock was sparked by a 20-8 second quarter that built a 28-15 halftime advantage. The Golden Panthers face Jefferson in the next round. Casey Weiss scored 19 points for the 22nd-seeded Dodgers
Morristown-Beard 69, Parsippany Hills 35
The 10th-seeded Crimson took control with a 26-6 first quarter effort. Morristown-Beard (8-5) has won seven consecutive games. The Crimson travel to play Morristown High next. The 23rd seeded Vikings dropped to 3-12.
Delbarton 63, Kinnelon 42
Robbie Price scored 17 points and Ryan Murphy added 13 for the ninth-seeded Green Wave (8-6). An 18-4 third- quarter secured the MCT win. Delbarton plays at Hanover Park in the next round. Jaison Buchanan scored 16 points for the 24th-seeded Colts.
Hanover Park 95, Butler 24
Matt Fernicola scored 17 points and John Crown had 15 points and eight assists to lift eighth-seeded Hornets (11-5). A.J. Pelani had six points for the 25th-seeded Bulldogs.
Mountain Lakes 74, Whippany Park 59
Peyton Miller scored 20 points and Chris Boyhan added 17 points to lift the 16th-seeded Lakers. Mark DiIonno added 15 points for Mountain Lakes (7-6). The Lakers will play top-seeded Mount Olive in the next round. Ryan Gaynor scored 18 points and Mark Basista and Kyle Cahill scored 14 points apiece for the Wildcats (7-7).