West Orange Boys Basketball Season Check-In


Peter Ficuciello

Sophomore Nick Matos before shooting the last free throw with 12.1 seconds on the board against Orange, Jan. 7.

On January 26th, West Orange boys basketball plays in the 3rd Preliminary Round of the Essex County Tournament against Science Park. Currently, the boys have a 9-7 overall record and a 7-4 record in the SEC Independence conference.

Let’s see how the season has reached this point.

The boys started off with a three-game winning streak beating Nutley, Livingston, and Newark Academy.

With the second game of the season, the Mountaineers nearly took down rivalry town Livingston, 48-44. West Orange High School met again with Livingston last Tuesday, with a tight 43-42 loss. Although disappointing, the game was a highlight of the season as the Tarnoff gym bustled with excited fans, the cheerleaders actively rallying the energy in the gym, and the players extensively studying the game. The energy in the gym was flying high as each basket was made back and forth across the court.

Their fourth game was their first defeat by Newark Collegiate 54-49, who they then lost a second time, only 45-37 last night, but the boys are not letting this weigh them down as they break down film and set their minds in preparation for tomorrow’s game.

“Our boys can be a very dangerous team when we are clicking on all cylinders. With teamwork, taking care of the ball, and playing hard, we will have a great chance vs. Science Park,” reported Coach Cowins insightfully.

The Mountaineers fell to Science Park earlier in the season on Jan. 3, it was a close 53-49 outcome, so the boys are preparing well for this game.

With an exciting game coming up, make sure to come out and support the boys tomorrow at 4 pm in the Tarnoff Gymnasium.