Mo-Beard wins at buzzer; Chatham pounds Randolph in MCT

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A dramatic last second shot by Raphael Castillo  lifted Morristown-Beard to a 52-51 victory over Morristown in the Morris County Tournament semifinals on Saturday at County College of Morris in boys basketball action.

It is the first time Morristown-Beard has ever reached the final. The Crimson will face Chatham, a 70-39 victor over Randolph in the semifinal opener.

With 4.7 seconds left Castillo took the inbounds pass from Zach Dees drove to his left and put up the jumper just beating the buzzer.

Morristown-Beard trailed 51-48 with 22 seconds left when Brian Monaghan drove the length of the floor for a layup. The Crimson fouled Morristown’s Brian Leung on the inbounds and his free throw attempt bounced to the right. Morristown-Beard took the ball up the floor and called timeout to set up the winning play.

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Morristown-Beard’s Brian Monaghan and Morristown’s Kevin Hoehn battled all night. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

The Crimson led 46-42 with four minutes left when Morristown rallied to take the lead on a Kevin Hoehn 3-pointer and a pair of Jason Blanco free throws. Blanco also hit a layup with a little over a minute left to extend their lead at 49-46. The teams exchanged scores after that before the Crimson rallied late.

Brian Monaghan scored 20 points and Raphael Castillo had 15 points to spark the top-seeded Crimson. Kevin Hoehn scored 19 points and Ashton Pardie had 11 for the fourth-seeded Colonials.

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Morristown-Beard’s Raphael Castillo ended up hitting the game-winning shot. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Chatham 70, Randolph 39

The Cougars started the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back in its run to the title game. Mac Bredahl, who had back issues and was questionable for the game finished with 18 points and Jack Rooney had 14. Graham LeMon who twisted an ankle and missed some game time, scored 11 points and John Burkard added 10 points.

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Randolph’s Luke Nathan jumps over the back of Chatham’s John Burkard in early action. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Luke Nathan paced the second-seeded Rams with 16 points. Chatham led 16-8 at the end of the first quarter and 26-15 at halftime. A 26-11 third-quarter burst sealed the Cougars triumph.

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Randolph’s Justin Polesuk drives to the basket in early action. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Regular season

Hillsborough 55, Mount Olive 42

Ronson Gay scored 11 points for the Marauders.

Montville 72, Wallkill Valley 31

The Mustangs are 14-8. Alex Landis scored 25 points and Matt Burke had 12 for Montville.

Madison 59, Butler 56

Andy Cristos had 17 points and P. J. Mulcahy and Matt Mulcahy had 14 points each for the Dodgers 11-10. Danny Polons scored 25 for the Bulldogs.

Hanover Park 80, Morris Knolls 68

Matt Winschuh exploded for 38 points and Joey Jandoli scored 18 points for the Hornets (16-6).

Ridgewood 57, Mendham 50

Ryan Stolz had 18 points and Ben DeJong had 12 for the Minutemen.

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

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