MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County basketball has its share of fine traditions on both the boys and girls side.
But one tradition in this area in the state is one not many like to talk about: lack of success in the state tournament. It has been seven and three years, respectively, since a boys or girls team has escaped from its section in Morris County. One can count on one hand how many public schools from the area—in all group sizes—have made it out of their section in this decade.
However, the Morristown girls team will have home court advantage so long as their season stays alive in the North 1, Group 4 bracket, as the Colonials earned the top seed in the section. Morristown won its only sectional title—the North 2, Group 3 crown—back in 2002 on the girls side.
The girls will launch tournament play on February 27 at home vs. Bergen Tech. Should the Colonials advance, they would see the Randolph-Ridgewood winner in the second round.
A real showdown would likely come in the semifinals, where a now 16-5 Paterson Kennedy team could be in line to make a trip to the county seat.
The boys bracket has not been determined yet, as the Paterson Eastside transfer situation has yet to be resolved. Should the Ghosts be banned from the tournament, Morristown would be in line for a second home game in state play, but will be on the road in the quarterfinals assuming chalk holds if Eastside is allowed to participate.