MLK Day Boys Hoops Showdown Brings a Win for West Orange as Girls Swim and Ice Hockey Teams Also Face Competitors

WOHS head coach Greg Tynes, 5-7 senior shooting guard Patrick Jamison and the rest of the Mountaineers cagers contingent won in OT on MLK Day to reach 9-1 on the year. Credits: Gene Nann

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, West Orange High School teams competed on the hardwoods, in the water and on the ice.

In hoops action, the Mountaineers won in overtime at Elizabeth, 52-49, while the West Orange aquatics team took part in the Super Essex Conference/Essex County championships meet and the hockey team was slated to take on Millburn at Codey Arena.

At Elizabeth, 5-7 West Orange senior shooting guard Patrick Jamison was successful on a trey try as the buzzer sounded at the end of the bonus basketball period, to propel the locals to a come-from-behind victory. That outcome moved the Mountaineers to 9-1 overall.

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After falling behind early on and trailing, 15-4, at the end of the initial eight minutes of play, the locals outscored the home team, 17-12, in the second stanza, lost the third period, 14-12, but rebounded to post a 13-7 effort in the fourth frame, with Jeremiah Moore, a 6-5 senior power forward, connecting on a three-point shot with 13 ticks remaining to tie the tight tilt at 47-all. This was done prior to Doug Hughes blocking an Elizabeth layup attempt as time expired in regulation play.

In the extra stanza, WOHS outscored EHS, 5-2, to post the victory.

Jamison led the locals with 21 points on the day, as he was successful on five trey tries, while Moore recorded 11 points, an octet of caroms collected, a trio of helps and a pair of blocks in the win.

Next up for West Orange head hoops honcho Greg Tynes' team, which has now gone 4-0 in tilts decided by three points or fewer, will be a home game against Millburn on Thursday, Jan. 21.

The West Orange girls swim squad finished sixth in the team standings by totaling a very healthy 108.5 points at the county/conference clash at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA on Monday morning, while the boys contingent ended-up eighth, via a 53-point effort at that outing.

Finally, while no score was available at press time from the West Orange versus Millburn hockey showdown, the locals are scheduled to face Newark East Side at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, at Codey Arena.

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