Morris edges Sussex in All-Star Senior Classic

By Mark Kitchin


West Morris’ Conor Barron scored 18 points and the Morris team hit its free throws down the stretch to earn a 112-110 victory over Sussex in the annual Morris-Sussex Senior All-Star Classic on Wednesday at Mount Olive High School.

Mount Olive’s Donte Wise added 14 points including some scintillating dunks and Roxbury’s Doug Alexander added 13 points for the Morris team.

The Sussex team was paced by Sussex Tech’s Bryce Lewis’ 17-point performance. Hopatcong’s Tobi Olugbenga earned MVP honors for the Sussex team. Barron earned the MVP for Morris.

The contest was close and entertaining throughout with neither team building a sizable lead. The evenly matched squads did not have great size so the players concentrated on 3-point proficiency. There were 28 threes made between the two teams and many more hoisted during the course of the contest.

The game tightened up at the very end after a Sussex 3-pointer by Sparta’s Anthony Argulo tied the game at 109-all. A pair of free throws by Morristown’s Jack Mongey made it a 111-109 game with 57.4 seconds left. The team’s then exchanged free throws. Vernon’s Logan Costello hit one for Sussex with 46 seconds left and Wise hit a free throw with 8.2 seconds remaining. Sussex called time out for one final chance to tie or win. A shot by Sparta’s Dean Tappen missed the mark. Costello nearly scored on a desperation put back but the ball bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Barron, who will be playing at Stevens Tech next year, thought playing in the season-ending event was a fine way for him to transition into the college game.

“It was exciting,” Barron said. “There are so many good players here. You just want to have fun. It feels good to win and it feels good to get an honor like this with so many great players around.”

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West Morris’ Conor Barron earned MVP honors for the Morris team in first half action. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

He enjoyed playing with his old/new teammates, many who were rivals during his varsity career.

“A lot of us knew each other from AAU programs or just playing around during the season,” Barron said. “Doug (Alexander) is one of the guys that I played with. It’s great to have him under the hoop. He’s a good friend of mine. I’m glad I got to play with him and especially (Mendham’s) Brian (Kenez). I used to play with him on AAU, so that was a lot of fun even though they are our rivals.”

It was also a fun time for Morris coach Montville’s Bill Medina, who got to direct his players Jacob Kaplan and Jacob Coleman one more time.

“It was an honor to coach these kids,” Medina said. “They were 14 fabulous kids. The kids got to play with guys that they were battling with all winter. I saw guys high-riving each other when normally during the season they weren’t liking each other very much.”


About mcvbb

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

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