Randolph Boys Basketball Wins Fight Filled Game on Fan Appreciation Night


RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph boys basketball team improved to 10-4 on Saturday, Jan. 28 with a 72-52 victory over the Cougars of North 13th Street. Senior big man Luke Nathan led the charge for the Rams with an 18 point outing.  

The home gym saw its largest crowd so far this season, as there was a line out the door to see Randolph play on fan appreciation night; the Rams definitely did not disappoint.

Raandolph jumped out to a very early 16-2 lead, and never looked back. Nathan set the pace during this early run, slamming 12 first quarter points through the rim.

Sign Up for E-News

“I was happy we got out to a great start because I thought we played fast,” said Rams coach Matt Tighe. “We opened up the game with two 5-second calls, and went up 10-0 by defending them very aggressively and then getting out and finishing at the rim.” .

The game's intensity rose dramatically midway through the first quarter when the Cougars star player James Brown was given a flagrant foul on a fast break layup taken by Randolph senior Chris Cheng. Brown swung hard at Cheng while he took the layup, resulting in some pushing and shoving that required separation.

“I thought when they tried to tackle us on one of the breakaways our guys kept their composure very well,” said Tighe “Our kids play physical and don't back down from anyone. They playeded very chippy, but we never let that stuff take us out of what we were focused on and that was winning the game. I am proud of that,”

The Rams finished the quarter with even more firepower as they blew their lead up to 22-6 at the end of one.

Randolph stayed hot in the second as Ryan Maughan opened up the quarter with a layup, which was quickly followed by junior Morgan Gleniewicz hitting a three ball, and Maughan tossing an alley-oop to Nathan.

“When you're winning it's fun,” said Nathan. “We were having fun and were very relaxed out there, which honestly helped us maintain our lead throughout the course of the game. It was great team basketball and a lot of fun in front of our fans.”

Tempers rose again late in the second quarter when Cougars big man Amyr Sommers shoved Nathan following a shooting foul committed on Brown. The shove led to Sommers getting a technical foul and two free points at the free throw line for Maughan.

“They definitely played a dirty brand of basketball but that’s okay,” said Nathan. “We kept to ourselves and within the rules of the game and allowed them to become frustrated with themselves. We had eachothers backs and were really connected as a team from their first dirty foul to their last.”

Randolph proceeded to close the first half strong, pushing their lead to 41-17, putting on a show for fan appreciation night.

During the halftime break, younger fans were given the chance to shoot threes on the varsity court. There were two lines, one of which featured the middle schoolers and the other one containing elementary school students. It was a great opportunity for the future Rams to get on the court and was a great touch to make fan appreciation night fun for the crowd.

Following the shoot-around, the Cougars came out of the locker room in an all-out press to try and force some turnovers, but Maughan and senior Justin Polesuk controlled the offense, allowing the Rams to extend their already large lead. Breaking the press led to two layups by Nathan and a quick three from Gleniewicz, and from there the game was all but over.

“We did a very good job of playing the game at whatever pace we wanted to,” said Maughn “Whether that was a fast pace in the beginning or a more relaxed pace during their second half press. Either way, controlling the pace of the game is something that Justin and I make an effort to do from the backcourt because it can go a long way,”

The Rams bench did a solid job of maintaining the lead as junior Drew Brown put the crowd on their feet with a slick reverse layup off the glass and a pair of three balls.

The game lost its control one more time as senior Dylan Minihane was on the floor and was jumped on by Sommers, leading to a lot more pushing and shoving  The game was very chippy and played with a lot of emotion, but the Rams eventually came out on top with a score of 72-52.

The Rams play again Tuesday Jan. 31 Jefferson High School where they will try and move their record to 11-4. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News



June 12, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the Randolph Board of Education (BOE) held a special meeting, at which they discussed the recent vote of no confidence by the Randolph Education Association (REA) regarding the leadership of Superintendent Jennifer Fano. In passing a resolution that unanimously expresses confidence in Superintendent Fano, along with their related statement, the Board unfortunately chose to ...

REF's Randolph Rocks 5K Photo Slideshow

June 16, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ-  Randolph Rocks "REF" 5K,

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend June 15-17

June 15, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Wondering what to do this weekend? Celebrate Dad by checking out the many activities and event happening in Morristown this weekend. have a great weekend everyone!


Friday June 15

David Heherty and the Live Off Tour; Mayo Performing Arts Center; 7:30pm

Bossa Nova Baby performed by Juliana Areias; Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre; 8pm


Saturday ...

Morris County Opens New Veterans Service Office

June 14, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A new Morris County Veterans Services Office and Veterans Administration Clinic located in Morris Township officially opened today in a ceremony that included the unveiling and dedication of a POW/MIA Chair of Honor for the county.
The Morris County Board of Freeholders and representatives of the Veterans Administration and officials of the ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, June 21, 3:00 PM

Randolph Municipal Building, Randolph

Adult Immunization Clinic

Community Calendar


Fri, June 22, 2:00 PM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Films on Friday: Coco

Arts & Entertainment Education Health & Wellness Other

Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM

Mountain Lakes

Art at the Esplanade

Arts & Entertainment

Randolph School Bus Drivers Enjoy Appreciation Brunch

June 20, 2018

Randolph, NJ — More than 45 bus drivers and members of the transportation department gathered on Wednesday for an end-of-the-year appreciation brunch organized by district parent, Tracey Drazek, and funded by the Randolph Education Foundation (REF).

It was an unusual scene at the transportation department. Given the nature of their work, bus drivers and staff do not have the ...

First Ever Tie For Salutatorian Announced For Randolph High School Class of 2018

June 10, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- When it came time to recognize the top academic achievers for Randolph high school's class of 2018, the calculations revealed a "first ever" tie for Salutatorian.  After being averaged down to four decimal points, seniors Sydney Jenkins and Jenna Sandler were declared Co-Salutatorians for 2018.

Jenkins, who took 8 AP classes at RHS and is a ...

Letter to Randolph BOE from Music Student

June 20, 2018

My Daughter, Abigail Herring wrote the following letter to the Randolph BOE last week (June 14), she and a large group of students  attended the BOE meeting to speak regarding this subject.


Dear Ms. Fano, The Board of Education, and to whomever this may concern,


            My ...

Immunotherapy Clinical Trial at Overlook Medical Center Reveals Brain Tumor Shrinkage, Continues with Phase 3 Study

June 20, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ -  Following successful Phase 1 clinical trials, the Toca regimen – a new immunotherapy for patients with recurrent brain cancer – has advanced to a Phase 3 study, which is currently underway. The trial is being conducted at 68 sites across the United States, Canada, Israel and South Korea, including at Overlook Medical Center’s Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor ...

Morristown Medical Center’s National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration Features Suzzanne Douglas as Keynote Speaker and Performer

The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center Celebrates 20 Years

Morristown, N.J – The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center celebrates its 20th Anniversary at its National Cancer Survivors Day event, Sunday, June 10 from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  The event is open to Carol G. Simon Cancer Center cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Twenty years ago, the ...

New Jersey Blood Services Declares Blood Emergency

New Jersey Blood Services/New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency. The organization is asking people across New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply for hospitals throughout the area.


In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually ...


Randolph, NJ -  This Thursday – June 14th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – The New Jersey Vein and Vascular Center on Route 10 in Randolph will host an OPEN HOUSE introducing the NEOCUTIS line of pharmaceutical quality skin care products. NEOCUTIS is exclusively dispensed through select physicians and has become one of the world’s most trusted skincare brands. Their exclusive ...

Randolph Hebrew Registration is Now Open

RANDOLPH NJ- entering its 17th year, Randolph Hebrew of Morris County has opened registration to new students for the upcoming school year that is set to begin on Sunday, September 16.

Randolph Hebrew enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trend setter in creative Jewish education. It's well trained staff, cutting edge curriculum along with the teacher to student ration allows for ...