Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ramsey Adds Holiday Title to Credentials

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ramsey Adds Holiday Title to Credentials

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NEW MILFORD - Patrick Mullane and just about every other forward at Ramsey can run the floor and attack the basket.

That makes the Rams difficult to defend, and it made them champions of the New Milford Holiday boys basketball tournament after they ran past the host team Tuesday en route to an 81-44 victory.

The 6-foot-1 Mullane scored a game-high 26 points to help raise Ramsey's record to 4-0, and this bunch is an early candidate to be North Jersey's surprise team.

"We have high expectations, but that's nothing," said Mullane. "We just have to go out and do it."

Mullane and the Rams repeatedly did it with dribble penetration and layups. Six of Mullane's baskets came on drives, and he tossed in a pair of three-pointers during a second-half barrage to demonstrate his range extends beyond a layup.

Ramsey senior Chris Armenti and junior Joseph Carroll scored 11 points apiece. Carroll, who transferred from Don Bosco, is one of two players to arrive from a parochial school. Junior Jack Gaffney, who came from Bergen Catholic, scored five off the bench, and 6-2 senior Mike Pepper muscled his way inside for eight. Junior Sean Kopczynski, a reserve center, showed promise with four points.

Six quality players capable of working the frontcourt is the reason coach Kevin McGuire said happily of his playing-time dilemma, "Who are you going to take out?" He added, "We're trying to find our rotation."

With six players on the roster 6 feet or taller, Ramsey's zone is a tall order to defeat and New Milford struggled to score inside. The Knights' backcourt did most of the scoring, with senior Chaheen Payne totaling 13 points and senior Luccas Silva 10. Meanwhile, Ramsey turned turnovers into transition points.

"We have more length than we normally do," Mullane said. "The long arms help us get into the passing lanes and really cut off the passes, and funnel their guards more toward half court rather than the free-throw line. …

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