MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris Knolls High School's Dan Byrnes and his fellow teammates on Team Ball4aCause defeated Team Play4aPurpose, 138-125, in the first annual Morris County Senior All-Star Game at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown on Thursday, March 14. Byrnes contributed nine points (three three-pointers) to the high-scoring extravaganza.
The funfilled encounter mainly consisted of three-pointers, fancy layups, dunks, dishes, alley-oops and essentially no defense (each team committed one foul the entire game).
Andy Christos of Madison High School walked away with Most Valuable Player honors.
The following athletes participated in the game:
Stephan Bergeman -- Morristown High School
Richie Botti -- Jefferson Township High School
Sebastian Bruno -- Boonton Township High School
Dan Byrnes -- Morris Knolls High School
Connor Fox -- Parsippany Hills High School
Jaedon Khubani -- Delbarton School
Bobby Lewit -- Kinnelon High School
Giovanni Rubino -- Pequannock High School
Stefan Tisma -- Jefferson Township High School
Joe Batelli -- Jefferson Township High School
Andy Christos -- Madison High School
Ryan Doherty -- Chatham High School
Will Findlay -- Roxbury High School
Tom Hardie -- Pequannock High School
Alex Malofienko -- Hanover Park High School
Dillon Olson -- West Morris Central High School
Jason Reid -- Parsippany Hills High School
Kevin Sansone -- Mendham High School
West Morris Head Coach Mark Schartner and Jefferson Township Head Coach Joe DiGennaro served as coaches.
Sponsored by the Morris County Coaches Association, the all-star game benefitted Layups 4 Life, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for cancer research and clinical trials. The organization's founder, Dan Exter, is a cancer survivor. He and his wife Dana Levine Exter run the nonprofit. Since 2014, Layups 4 Life has raised close to $80,000 through hosting a variety of events in the sports and social spaces. Over the last four years, Layups 4 Life has made contributions in support of leukemia, pediatric and bone marrow research.
"Our largest fundraiser is a three-on-three basketball tournament. This is our fifth year hosting that tournament. We'll be at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center on Saturday, April 27," Dan Exeter stated. "The tournament features all skill levels."
Exeter, who survived acute lymphocytic leukemia, is an alumnus of Roxbury High School, where he played varsity basketball under the leadership of Head Coach Jon Deeb. "I played basketball in high school, but not at the level displayed tonight," he shared. "I really love the sport."
Visit the Layups 4 Life website to learn more about the organization.
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