West Orange Boys Basketball Falls to Mt. Olive, 66-61, in First Round of NJSIAA Playoffs

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange boys basketball team tried to fend off the momentum of Mt. Olive and its full-court press, but ultimately fell, 66-61, in the first round of the NJSIAA state playoffs on Tuesday.

“The boys played very hard but it was difficult to overcome the loss of Jeremiah Moore, who was ill,” said West Orange Head Coach Greg Tynes. “He leads the team in points, rebounds and block shots.”

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Mt. Olive came out of the gate with a seven-point run and did not look back—tossing several 3-pointers into the basket.

West Orange closed the gap to a three-point lag, halfway through the third quarter, but a combination of 3-point shots and turnovers led to another nine-point Mt. Olive run.

West Orange rebounded in the fourth quarter with a seven-point run to come within three points at 58-55, during the 2:30 mark, but baskets and foul shots added to Mt. Olive’s scoring. Two 3-pointers by West Orange brought the score to 66-61 with 18 seconds left, but Mt. Olive stole the ball to hold on for the win.

West Orange's Patrick Jamison scored 23 points, Doug Hughes had nine, and Nashiem Harte and Sheard Stephon each had eight. 

West Orange ends the season as 11-0 Colonial Division champs with an overall record of 19-4.