EAST HANOVER, NJ- Hornets Basketball, both boys and girls, have picked the right time to get hot. The boys have won 10 in a row including three North Jersey 2 Group 2 games to bring their record to 22-6, while the girls have won all three state games by almost 20 points. Both teams are now in the finals held this week.
Hanover Park boys were playing Mt. Lakes for the third time this season and both teams were ready for each other. Mt. Lakes geared its defense to take away the three point shooting of Joey Jandoli, four points, and Matt Winschuh, nine points, but in doing so opened up the court for sophomore Alex Malofienko to score a career high of 17 points along with pulling down nine rebounds. The Hornets outscored Mt. Lakes 15-7 in the second quarter to take a 26-18 lead at halftime. The Lakers made a run in the third period but with Junior Michael Boeckel who scored 15 points and along with five assist leading the way the Hornets now move on to play West Side.
The Lady Hornets who are 24-2 for the season have upped their game to another level in beating Science Park, Garfield and Ridgefield Park during state play. The offense has clicked to average 52 points a game while only giving up 26 points per game. They defeated Ridgefield Park on Friday, March 3rd, 52-25, and were again led by Senior Ava Gammo who had an outstanding game with 13 points, 6 rebounds 3 assists and 5 steals. What has made this team so successful is the pressure defense that created 19 steals and the play of fellow senior's Alex Petrozzino, 7 points, Emily Seymour,10 points, along with 7 rebounds and Alexa Bursese, 7 points and 3 steals.
Hanover Park started slowly against Ridgefield Park but by the third quarter, had a commanding 42-16 lead. Next up is #1 seed Hackettstown. The victory was even sweeter because it was Head Coach Doug Wear's 300th career win at Hanover Park. He attributes this year’s success to having a well-balanced team that attacks and attacks on defense which creates offenses chances. His teams sets the tempo, which in turn has led to a winning tradition at Hanover Park during his 15 yrs.