WEST ORANGE, NJ - In some ways, the records compiled by the boys basketball battalion from West Orange High over the past septet of seasons is the inverse of the state of Ohio.
Actually, it's pretty simple, Ohio is well-rounded at the ends and “Hi” in the middle, while the Mountaineers' recent hoops marks have been “Hi” at the ends and not very well rounded in the middle.
OK, to be specific, the locals finished at a very healthy 20-8 in 2009 and 17-6 in 2010, before compiling somewhat sad totals of 8-15, 10-17, 7-13 and 12-13, but then rebounding to end up at a, once again, very healthy 17-7 last time around.
Now, however, the West Orange boys cagers contingent might very be well on its way to producing back-to-back winning records since '09 and '10.
Powered by two straight exciting edgings, the Mountaineers are off to a scintillating 6-1 start to their current campaign.
West Orange kicked-off its current campaign by miffing Millburn, 59-51, on Dec. 18 and slamming Shabazz, 78-45, on Dec. 22, prior to winning the Cranford Christmas Tournament title by climbing all over Mount Olive, 82-68, on Dec. 28 and then clocking Cranford, 71-59, on the 29th.
The locals then suffered their sole setback so far this season, as Westfield waylaid West Orange, 53-51, as part of a high-level quartet of clashes on Sunday, Jan. 3, at WOHS.
Since sustaining that single stinging subjugation of the season so far, however, the Mountaineers have rebounded to lick Livingston, 59-57, on Thursday, Jan. 7 and, most recently, to beat back Barringer, 62-61, on Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Brick City.
Saturday's success also moved West Orange to 2-0 in Super Essex Conference/Colonial Division combat, after the locals tied the Barringer Blue Bears for that title with a 10-2 mark in the league loop in 2015.
Tuesday, Jan. 12, should see the Mountaineers playing host to Verona in an SEC/Colonial clash at 4 p.m.