Big First Quarter Sparks Chatham Boys Basketball Over Montville, 56-38

Graham DeLaney passes the ball inside to Colin McKenna for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
Chatham guard Jack Rooney shows Montville is between the legs dribble Credits: Glenn Clark
John Burkard came off the bench to score nine points for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
Tristan LeMon finishes a layup for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
Chatham guard Jake Bevich drives to the basket Credits: Glenn Clark
Stefan Goles puts the ball on the floor Credits: Glenn Clark

CHATHAM, NJ - The Cougars got off to a hot start on the offensive end, scoring 24 points in the first quarter and cruising to a 56-38 boys basketball victory over Montville on Tuesday night.

Colin McKenna scored eight of his game-high 17 points in the first quarter when Chatham moved to a 24-12 lead that was never challenged by Montville (13-3).

"We couldn't miss," McKenna said of the first quarter. "I don't know what was going on. We were hot in warmup, so I guess I should have seen this coming. I don't know if we missed a 3-pointer in the first quarter."

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Graham DeLaney (11 points) hit two 3-pointers while Stefan Goles and Tristan LeMon dropped in one long-range shot apiece for Chatham (14-4), which has already matched its victory total from last season when it ended 14-11.

"We played a good first quarter and then we struggled after that," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said. "There wasn't much energy today."

Chatham drained most of the energy out of the game by playing so well in the first quarter. McKenna didn't miss many of his opportunities to score, but had to sit for most of the two middle quarters with foul trouble.

"I got in foul trouble and that kind of slowed me up," McKenna said. "I worked through that. I'm getting used to it as this point."

Freshman guard Jack Rooney hit a 3-pointer to start the second half for Chatham, which held Montville to just three points in the third quarter. John Burkard scored seven of his nine points in the third quarter while filling in for McKenna. In the fourth quarter, McKenna tossed in nine points.

Colin McKenna scores off a pass from Stefan Goles in the first quarter

Jack Rooney's 3-pointer starts off the second half scoring for Chatham

Stefan Goles hits a 3-pointer in Chatham's 24-point first quarter vs. Montville

Chatham plays host to Delbarton on Thursday and then meets Pequannock in the second round of the Morris County Tournament, 2 p.m. Saturday at Randolph.

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