MORRISTOWN, NJ - Senior Tim Fell made the most of his first career start, scoring a team-high 14 points as Chatham snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 50-37 win over Morristown-Beard on Friday night.
Not only did the 6-3 Fell lead the team in scoring in replacing the injured Andrew Bergman in the lineup, he said all the right things after the game as well. See the video interview with Fell and senior guard Ryan Doherty below.
Fell was complemented in the scoring column by Doherty and E.J. Leskauskas with 13 points apiece as the Cougars scored their first victory of 2019.
"It's great to get a win," Doherty said. "Without Andrew, Timmy Fell has been stepping up and hitting big shots for us. Cam (Rooney) handling the ball, (Jack) Arnuk battling inside, Luke (Fekete) played good defense, Jameson (Shi) played good defense. It was a good team effort."
Chatham (3-11) took over the game in the third quarter when it scored 12 straight to forge a 17-point lead. Leskauskas started off the run with a move inside and a follow of a miss for the first four points before Fell scored off an in-bound pass from Doherty (see below).
Jack Casano-Boris then hit a jumper before Jameson Shi drew a charge, which prompted a technical foul when the ball was tossed at Shi after the play. Doherty hit one of the fouls. Fell capped the surge when he hit a 3-pointer (see the video below) off a feed from Casano-Boris to make it 37-20 with 3:27 left in the period.
Arnuk opened the fourth quarter with a put-back basket as Chatham scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter, including two free throws by Fell that made it a 44-29 game.
"We'll take it," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said. "We certainly could have played better."
COUGAR NOTES: Senior Tim Fell matched the career-high of 14 points he scored in coming off the bench on Tuesday against Mendham. He hit the only three 3-pointers of the game for Chatham vs. Morristown-Beard ... Andrew Bergman, who was injured in the Mendham game, did not dress against the Crimson. He's recovering from a bruised knee ... Mo-Beard held a 6-0 lead in the opening quarter before Chatham scored 13 straight ... Cougars next play Tuesday at home against Eagle Academy of Newark.