MORRISTOWN – Morristown’s boys basketball team looked quite good in Friday night’s season opener.
With an entirely different rotation – sans returning senior guard Steve Leung – on the floor this year, the Colonials cruised to a 75-23 victory over Bard High School of Newark on Friday night at the Morristown court. The win moves head coach Bill Connolly (98-54 following the result) ahead of Muzz Lindsley on the all-time Colonials wins list, moving alone into fifth place in that category.
Leung finished with 16 points in limited action for Morristown, while junior forward Steve Bergeman took the game’s scoring honors with 17 in his first varsity start.
“I’m happy for all the guys. With the exception of Steve, the other ten players that stepped on the court for one of the first times as varsity players,” Connelly said after the game. “It’s good for them to get their feet wet and was fun to watch them play.”
Morristown took control of the game after just several minutes, when a string of three consecutive three-balls instantly led to an 11-2 lead and a Raptors timeout.
Leung sunk the first from the left corner, and Timmy Ganning followed those up with a triple from each wing.
Bergeman – an athletic wing who will present match-up issues for many an opponent in Morris County this winter – closed out the quarter with a pair of transition lay-ups to put Morristown ahead 22-4 after one.
An low-scoring second quarter saw the Colonials extend the lead to 30-8 at the break. Pat Montfort had five of the winners’ eight in the frame, including a left wing trey.
The home side would open up the third quarter on a 10-2 run, including six from Leung on three transition layups. Having already rotated their entire bench at various points in the period, the Colonials emptied their bench in the fourth period.
In that frame, senior lefty guard Brendan Pallatta nailed a trio of three-pointers to register his career high on opening night.
Morristown will next take the floor on Wednesday night, when they’ll travel to Sussex County to face Sparta. The perennially tough Spartans knocked off Randolph, 58-51, in their opener.
“Sparta is a very well coached team and we’re on the road. That will be a good and tough test for us next week,” Connelly added. “We’re looking for a few good practices in the next few days.”
(Correction: The Morristown boys basketball preview published Tuesday stated that Bard was based out of Manhattan. That is indeed true, but the Colonials opened up with a sister high school of theirs from Newark.)
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