Montville wins at buzzer, HP, Mo-Beard lose at buzzer


Harry Russnow’s putback at the buzzer lifted Montville to a 51-50 triumph over Old Tappan in North 1, Group III state tournament boys basketball action on Wednesday.

Jacob Kaplan led Montville with 17 points. The Mustangs rallied from a 27-22 halftime deficit. The teams were tied at 47-all going into the final period. Montville plays the winner of Northern Highlands and Garfield on Thursday.

North 2, Group III

Chatham 53, Voorhees 41

Graham Delaney scored 16 points including four 3-pointers to to lift Chatham (18-8). Jack Rooney added 11 The Cougars took control early with a 14-5 first-quarter effort. Chatham plays West Essex on Thursday.

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Hanover Park’s John Crown drives to the basket during Wednesday’s state tournament game against Newark Central. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Colonia 60, West Morris 39

Colonia led 27-19 at the half and pulled away in the fourth quarter. Chase Wanic paced the Wolfpack with a 10-point performance. West Morris ends its season at 13-13.

West Essex 61, Roxbury 41

Grant Dixon scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Gaels (15-9). West Essex took a 14-4 first quarter lead and extended it to 21-14 at the half.

Mendham 53, Summit 40

Brian Kenez scored 22 points for the third-seeded Minutemen. Robert Annen had 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Brendan O’Donnell also scored 13 points. Mendham pulled away with a 22-11 fourth-quarter burst. The Minutemen (21-5) host Orange on Thursday.

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Hanover Park’s Brad Daugherty is upended while trying to grab a rebound during  Wednesday’s state tournament game. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

North 1, Group I

Hopatcong 47, Boonton 39

Chris D’Avanzo scored 22 points including four 3-pointers for the Bombers (12-13). Hopatcong led 19-7 at the half.

North 1, Group IV

Paterson Kennedy 48, Morristown 33

Jack Mongey had 12 points on four 3-pointers to pace the Colonials. Morristown led 22-11 at the half, but Paterson Kennedy took charge late with a 23-3 fourth-quarter surge. Morristown finishes at 13-11.

North 1, Group III

Tenafly 62, Mount Olive 51

Donte Wise had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Brandon Hood had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Marauders (15-7). Tenafly led 35-26 at the half.

North 2, Group II

Newark Central 77, Hanover Park 74

John Crown scored 16 points for the 19-9 Hornets. The fast paced, highly entertaining game had a wild fourth quarter that included nine lead changes and three ties. Crown knocked down a pair of free throws with 52.3 seconds left to tie the game at 74-all. Newark Central played for the last shot. Jaquan Hanson missed a 3-point shot but after a wild scramble for the long rebound he got the ball back and hit an off-balance 3-point shot at the buzzer to lift the Newark school into the next round of the tournament against Hackettstown. Donny Dattolo and Matt Winschuh scored 14 points each for the Hornets.

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Hanover Park’s Paul Wettengel fires a shot in the opening minutes against Newark Central. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

North Public B

Morris Catholic 54, Hawthorne Christian 35

The Crusaders led 30-11 at the half. Morris Catholic is 15-12. Morris Catholic faces Hudson Catholic on Friday.

Queen of Peace 48, Morristown-Beard 46

The Crimson finished at 17-9. Jeremy Joseph scored 19 points including a turn around jumper with two seconds left to lift Queen of Peace and eliminate the Crimson. Brian Monaghan scored 14 points including four 3-pointers for Morristown-Beard.


About mcvbb

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

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