WEST ORANGE, NJ – For the first time since 2003, the West Orange High School boys basketball team has clinched the Colonial Division title in the Super Essex Conference.
Head coach Greg Tynes, now in his second year at West Orange High School said, “We’ve come a long way this year.”
The team started off with injuries, conditioning issues and other difficulties. An injury plagued starter Jeremiah Moore and transfer student Patrick Jamison had to sit out nine games due to the 30-day NJSIAA rule.
“It wasn’t until halfway through the season that the team really came together,” Tynes said.
The Colonial Division title came after a decisive 86-20 victory over Central Jersey College Charter on Feb. 20, and the Mountaineers continued their streak with a 67-58 win over Bridgewater-Raritan on Feb. 24.
The Mountaineers have won ten of their last eleven games and are 16-5 in the standings.
Jamison, Andy Fleurantin, Justin Winston and Jeremiah Boone Alexandre have averaged 10-13 points each, per game.
The team has one more regular season game against East Orange on Feb. 26 in the WOHS Tarnoff Gym beginning at 7:00 pm.
“East Orange will be a tough team to play,” said Tynes. “They’re No. 2 in Essex County and 12th in the State.”
However, Tynes said he is optimistic following the 11 game winning streak and said, “I’m feeling pretty confident about our chances. We’ll see how it turns out. Tonight’s win was a real team effort.”
With the Colonial Division Championship under their belt, the boys head into the 2015 NJSIAA Tournament (North 1, Group 4) as ninth seed and will play eighth seed Livingston High School at Livingston on Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm.