Randolph, Chatham, Morristown, Mo-Beard advance in MCT action


Justin Polesuk’s jumper with 37 seconds remaining in regulation lifted

Randolph to a 52-51 victory over Mountain Lakes in Morris County Tournament boys basketball quarterfinals round action on Saturday.

Polesuk scores 20 points and Luke Nathan scored 17 points for second-seeded Randolph. Tate Gillie and Jake Schicke scored 15 points apiece for seventh seeded Mountain Lakes. The Lakers had a 51-46 advantage with five minutes left but the Rams chipped away on its home floor.

Polesuk knocked down a jump shot with 4:29 to make it a 3-point game. A jump shot by Ryan Maughn cut the deficit to one at the 3-minute mark. Both teams had scoreless possession before Polesuk hit the winning jumper.

Randolph’s Morgan Glenewicz intercepted a pass with 12 seconds left and was fouled immediately. However, his free throw attempts bounced off the rim. The Lakers had one last chance butĀ Gillie’s step back jumper bounced off the back rim.

Chatham 54, Delbarton 41

Graham LeMon scored 13 points to lift the third-seeded Cougars to victory. Jack Rooney added 10 points for Chatham. The Cougars led throughout. They took a 22-14 advantage at the half and sealed the win with a 15-8 third-quarter run. The Cougars improve to 14-8.

Chatham plays Randolph in next week’s semifinal round contest. The sixth-seeded Green Wave dropped to 13-6. Jaedon Khubani scored 12 points for Delbarton.

Morristown 52, Hanover Park 45

A strong fourth quarter effort sparked the fourth-seeded Colonials past the fifth-seeded Hornets.

Kevin Hoehn scored 15 points and Luke Haralampoudis had 14 points for Morristown. Josh Szott came off the bench to score 11 points and Jason Bianco scored 10 points and had six blocked shots. The Colonials improved to 15-5.

Michael Boeckel scored 17 points and Joey Jandoli and Matt Winschuh scored 10 points each for Hanover Park (12-6).

Morristown led 36-34 going into the final period. The Colonials built a nine point advantage with three minutes left to earn the victory and a spot in the semifinals.

Morristown plays Morristown-Beard in next Saturday’s semifinals.

Morristown-Beard 53, Kinnelon 36

The top-seeded Crimson advanced to the semifinals for the first time in school history. Morristown-Beard led 25-20 at the half and 40-28 after three quarters. Morristown-Beard improved to 19-3 on the season.

Eighth-seeded Kinnelon dropped to 14-7. The Crimson played without Coach Ed Franz who has been dealing with health issues.


About mcvbb

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

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