WHIPPANY, NJ- In the preliminary round of the Morris County Tournament, Morristown dropped their 6 th straight game in a 51-43 defeat to Whippany Park. The Colonials saw a double-digit lead early 2 nd half slip away as they were outscored 21-8 in the 4 th quarter.
Morristown came out aggressive early on with Justin Barrett setting the tone. Great defensive play saw the Colonials take a 10-3 lead after 1. Barrett kept his hot hand in the 2nd, hitting multiple shots from 3-point range while increasing the Colonial advantage. The senior guard scored a game-high 18 points in a losing effort.
With Morristown up 9 at the half, things were looking promising for the 15 th seeded Colonials.
“We did a great job closing out on their shooters and rebounding the ball in the 1 st quarter,” said coach Mike Serra. “I feel for our seniors, they gave it their all today and I’m proud of their composure down the stretch.”
In the 3 rd , Whippany park started attacking the basket with more purpose, leading to fouls piling up on the Colonials. Ray Mundrick, Jack Harris, and D’Shon Scott, 3 of the Morristown starters picked up their 3 rd and 4 th fouls in the quarter, forcing them to the bench.
Cameron Burke got going for Whippany Park in the 2 nd half, scoring 10 of his 17 in the final frames, cutting the Colonial lead to 5 heading to the 4 th . Burke, Sire Rosado and Chris Lahoe finished in double figures for the Wildcats.
Morristown head coach Mike Serra was forced to delve deep into his bench in the 4 th , as Mundrick, Harris and Scott fouled out of the game. In the end, it was too much for the Colonials to overcome as Whippany Park converted from the free throw line down the stretch to build the lead.
With the loss, the Colonials fall to 3-11 on the season, with hopes of finishing strong. Next up is a road date with Morristown Beard on Tuesday.
“We have 3 weeks left in our season, we are going to continue to work in practice and clean some things up,” said Serra.
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