Sports

"Revenge Tour" for Chatham Boys Basketball Ends with 2nd Straight MCT Title; LeMon MVP

Graham LeMon drives to the basket for two of his 22 points that earned him MVP honors of the Morris County Tournament Credits: TAP Chatham
b4ec5210cf5262c60a23_91f3c180e78462910fdf_Mac3.jpg
Mac Bredahl hits 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter for Chatham in MCT championship game Credits: Ron Frary
053285d70429274facf9_d741c38a1eb0fd558ae4_Rindos_BoysBasketball2016_18176__1_.jpg
Graham LeMon scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Chatham to the MCT title Credits: Brad Rindos
75f5bd2ff31318306b18_eddc715db0ceba126d64_Rindos_BoysBasketball2016_18193.jpg
Jack Rooney goes up for two of his 16 points for Chatham Credits: Brad Rindos
029ba3005bedab2daf4d_9224e2fd37b0e3754097_Rindos_BoysBasketball2016_18246.jpg
Mac Bredahl brings the ball up court Credits: Brad Rindos
5857fff15d05f1529825_f538af6ae4526b720cd0_Rindos_BoysBasketball2016_18283.jpg
John Burkard had nine points and four boards for Chatham in MCT final Credits: Brad Rindos
6f36ec0038c5d94b8813_4809c77877c5e1bd3836_Rindos_BoysBasketball2016_18284.jpg
Chatham coach Todd Ervin works the sideline Credits: Brad Rindos
ed056eb6df7857bc6ae1_bbb1e34e747caeaad862_Rindos_BoysBasketball2016_18377.jpg
Chatham hoists the Morris County Tournament Championship Trophy Credits: Brad Rindos
b4ec5210cf5262c60a23_91f3c180e78462910fdf_Mac3.jpg

RANDOLPH, NJ - The extra incentive to repeat as Morris County Tournament Champions was laid out on paper for the Chatham boys basketball team. All the Cougars had to do was avenge losses to Delbarton, Randolph and Morristown-Beard from the regular season and the trophy would be theirs again.

"It was kind of a revenge tour, we had to beat Randolph (semifinals), who we lost to, and Mo-Beard," Graham LeMon, Chatham senior, said. "So it was like getting revenge on them and it feels much better."

The 6-6 LeMon, who nursed a swollen ankle leading up to the MCT final, scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in powering the Cougars to the 60-55 win over top-seeded Morristown-Beard that earned them their second straight MCT crown and fourth overall Saturday at the County College of Morris. LeMon was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Sign Up for E-News

"The past couple weeks, we've been jelling so much," LeMon said. "The ball has been moving without a care. We just pass it to whoever is open. It's so much better than early in the season."

Chatham (18-6) had lost to Delbarton twice in the regular season, and once each to Randolph and Morristown-Beard before topping all three in the MCT.

"Every team since the quarters we played was a team we lost to; we lost to Delbarton twice," Chatham guard Mac Bredahl said. "We don't care who we're playing. We just want to win the game and be the best team in the county."

Chatham counted on LeMon, who had scored a career-best 26 points in the first meeting with Mo-Beard, to carry the offensive load for most of the game. But Chatham managed to get conributions from everyone on the court to pull the game out. The Cougars out-rebounded Morristown-Beard, 31-14, led by LeMon with 11 and Kyle Kology with eight.

"This team is unbelievable," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said. "We didn't play that good tonight. We didn't shoot the ball well, we didn't shoot threes well. I thought we defended lousy in the first half, so, and again Jack (Rooney) and Mac stepped up and hit two big 3-pointers even when they weren't shooting the ball that well. Overall the team has been unbelievable. A great bunch of kids. I'm really proud of the way they performed."

Raphael Castillo's three-point play had given Morristown-Beard (23-4) a 37-32 lead with 4:23 left in the third before Chatham closed out the quarter with a 9-4 surge that tied the game at 41-41 heading into the fourth quarter.

Mac Bredahl scores on this reverse layup during late run in the third quarter for Chatham

Bredahl contributed to the third-quarter run by dropping in a running bank shot and John Burkard's basket off a pass from Ryan Doherty made it 41-41 with 1:09 left in the third.

Bredahl opened the fourth quarter with his one 3-pointer in the game to make it 44-41 for the Cougars.

After Justin Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer for the Crimson to make it 44-44, LeMon converted a pass from Doherty as he was fouled. LeMon missed the bonus free throw, but Kology came down with the rebound, leading to a possession that ended with Rooney coming off a screen to hit a foul-line jumper that handed the Cougars a 48-44 lead with 3:56 showing.

"In the beginning of the game, I bricked a couple," Rooney said. "We went back to Graham inside and he opens everything up for us. Me and Mac have the confidence to keep shooting, especially in the fourth quarter."

Rooney opened the third quarter with this 3-pointer and then hit another late in the fourth quarter 

Rooney's 3-pointer from the left wing made it 51-46 for Chatham with 2:06 left before LeMon's 3-point play off a pass from Burkard put it at 54-50 for the Cougars with 57 seconds to go.

Rooney, who finished with 16 points, sank both ends of a one-and-one situation with 33 seconds left to push the Chatham lead to 57-50. Justin Rodriguez's 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left for Mo-Beard cut the deficit to 57-55.

But Rooney added another foul shot with 6.3 ticks left and Kology poked the ball away from Crimson guard Brian Monaghan and Chris Conlin wound up with the loose ball and was fouled with one second to go. Conlin sank both free throws to seal it.

MCT NOTES: It was the fourth MCT title for Chatham in the 48-year history of the county tournament. Todd Ervin has coached all four championship teams for Chatham won in 2007, 2012, 2016 and 2017 ... In addition to LeMon being named the MVP, guards Bredahl and Rooney represented Chatham on the MCT all-tournament team. Morristown-Beard players on the all-tourney team were Monaghan, Raphael Castillo and Justin Rodriguez ... Monaghan, who hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points in the 69-62 victory for the Crimson on Jan. 13 was limited to five points and no 3-pointers by Chatham junior Chris Conlin, who led Chatham with six assists.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Chatham

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, June 25 – Sunday, July 1, 2018

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend

FOCUS ON:  SUMMER READING PROGRAM

By Galina Natenzon

All three of the library’s summer reading programs open this week!  The theme of this year’s summer reading is Libraries Rock!  The children’s program kicks off with a magic show by Matt Cadabra on Monday.  Over ...

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, June 18 – Sunday, June 24, 2018

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

By Galina Natenzon

This week we are wrapping up our first session of ESL classes.  Stay tuned, we are planning a fall session to start in September.  New students are welcome to enroll!  This is the last week of calm and quiet at the library before our summer reading ...

Angie's Owners Want to Thank Their Chatham Customers

June 14, 2018

To the Editor:

We want to thank our customers and the entire community for their support and devotion to our business. Our last day of business will be July 31.

rWe will miss all the friends that we have developed over the past 26 years. Wishing everyone much success and happiness in the future.

Sincerely,

Louiza and Jimmy Poulimenos

P.S. "Until we meet ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

Flute Ensemble will Entertain at Chatham Borough Farmers' Market on Saturday

June 22, 2018

The CCB Flute Ensemble will perform 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chatham Borough Farmer's Market Saturday at the Chatham Train Station.

 

 

 

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...