Mount Olive boys back in the MCT semifinals

Mount Olive boys back in the MCT semifinals


Mount Olive boys back in the MCT semifinals



Junior center Zach Heeman had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds to help lead the No. 2 Mount Olive boys basketball team back to the Morris County Tournament semifinals with a 74-50 win over No. 7 Mendham on Saturday.

The Marauders (16-4), who fell in the final against Chatham last year, will face No. 3 Morristown at 5 p.m. at the County College of Morris on Saturday.

“I think we had the intensity, we had them going faster then they really wanted to, they’re more of a half-court team, we’re more of a run-and-gun team,” Heeman said. “We got them out in the open, making them uncomfortable, and we could try and make plays they’re not used to.”

The Minutemen (11-8) took a 13-12 lead after the first quarter, but from there Mount Olive went to work. The Marauders opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 25-13 lead with 4 minutes 36 seconds left in the half.

Mount Olive had a 37-26 lead at halftime, and again went on a 8-0 run to open the third and take a 45-26 lead with 4:59 left. Mendham never gave up, but the Marauders eventually put the game out of reach.

Senior guard Bobby Stoltz had 21 points for Mendham and junior guard Nick D’Elia contributed 14 points. Senior forward Will Gibbs had 11 rebounds.

Junior guard Rashaad Spencer had 19 points for the Marauders while senior guard Steve Leonardo had 14 points. Junior forward Ryan Traub had eight points and 10 rebounds.

“Our younger guys have never seen this kind of stage, they really stepped up and played tonight,” Heeman said. “Obviously has you go to a bigger stage we’re just going to try and match this intensity and do our thing.”

No. 12 Randolph 48, No. 13 Morris Knolls 35: Senior guard Ryan Harris had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Rams (11-12). Junior guard Michael Talbert also had 15 points.

Junior guard Carrol Rich and senior guard Brian O’Neill each had 10 points for the Golden Eagles (11-9), which were held to only three points in the second quarter.

No. 1 Chatham 71, No. 8 Mountain Lakes 39: Senior forward Joe Timmes had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Cougars (17-3). Senior foward Scott Baker had 14 points and junior guard Robert Raiola contributed 13 points.

For the Lakers (13-5), who had a seven-game win streak snapped, senior forward Paul Tarnawski had 12 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Chris Herring had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Chatham will play No. 12 Randolph in the semifinals at the County College of Morris at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

No. 3 Morristown 43, No.
6 Delbarton 39: Junior guard Sean Hoehn had a game-high 17 points as the Colonials (15-4) make a return to the semifinals for the first time in almost 10 years.

Senior forward Rob Thoma had 13 points for the Green Wave (11-8).

Delbarton took a 37-36 lead with 3:36 to go in the game, but Morristown went on a 6-0 run to take a 40-37 lead and the game with 17.3 seconds left.


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