CHATHAM, NJ - One of the best things to glean out of Chatham's 21st boys basketball victory of the season, a 68-51 decision over Morris Knolls on Tuesday, is the emergence of Stefan Goles on the offensive end.
The 6-7 senior is starting to pick up his offense at the best time for Chatham (21-1), which is headed into the Morris County Tournament semifinals this weekend.
"Stefan has been playing very well," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said. "He's been playing great, making good decisions, passing the ball, scoring for us and rebounding. He's been giving us everything."
Against Morris Knolls (12-9), Goles scored 12 points to complement the team-high 17 points by Jack Rooney and Colin McKenna's 14 points.
Stefan Goles has been picking up his offense lately, scoring 12 points on Tuesday
McKenna got the Cougars started early by hitting his first five shots from the floor in the first period when Chatham built a 22-13 lead. Tristan LeMon dropped in a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Goles contributed a follow of his own miss and a basket off an in-bound pass from Johnny Maurer.
With McKenna sitting with foul trouble in the second period, Rooney started to heat up with a 3-pointer and a drive through the lane that he finished for a left-handed layup.
Rooney picked up four assists in the second period, leading to baskets by Goles, LeMon, Mac Bredahl (3-pointer) and a fast-break layup by LeMon to open a 38-21 advantage at the break.
In the fourth quarter, a 7-0 burst helped seal the game. Rooney nailed a 3-pointer, John Burkard scored off an unusual slap pass from Goles and Bredahl sank two technical fouls for a 62-45 lead with 4:34 to go.
Colin McKenna scores two of his 10 points in the first quarter for Chatham