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A Season of Close Calls

Santi Quintero and Ryan Manna

Thursday, January 30, 2014 • 4:07pm

MADISON, NJ - The Madison Jr. School basketball last year had only one win. This year the start of the season was no better. The team started off 0-5, but soon got hot, going on a 3-0 run beating Harding, Parsippany Brooklawn, Florham Park. Then after being beaten by a sharp Parsippany Central team, Madison responded by beating a team they previously lost to, Mendham Borough.

They were many close games during the season and, unfortunately, most of them Madison lost. They lost on a buzzer beater to Memorial in December.  Madison was matched up against them again in the first game of the tournament. Madison wanted revenge on them because of the tough loss. After being tied at the end of regulation, the game went into overtime. But one period was not enough for the two teams. There was great defense being played the whole entire game. It went into 4 overtimes and Madison lost by a basket.

Overall it was a very successful season compared to last year. The players on the team who started most games were Santi Quintero, Ryan Manna, Santiago Arcila, Duren Horsey, and Troy Edwards. Off the bench, forwards who fought for rebounds and guarded near the basket were Gabe Schlicksup, Kaiser Lajewski, and Michael Sutton, and Griffin Lutz. Backcourt help was provided by Ian Magnani, Owen Magnier, Patrick McCormick, Jack Hanson and Aidan Fetterly.

The team was coached by Mr. Jason Izsa who teaches at Central Avenue School. He has coached various sports through the years including several different levels of basketball.

MJS enjoyed supporting the team throughout the year. Quite a few seventh graders played a significant role, so next year should be an excited one as these experienced players return. Several talented eighth graders will undoubtedly make an impact at the high school in the years ahead.

Photo:  Players from left to right standing: Owen Magnier, Troy Edwards, Adain Fetterly, Michael Sutton, Kaiser Lajewski, Santi Quintero, Santi Arcilia, Ryan Manna, and Coach Izsa Players from left to right kneeling: Ian Magnani, Patrick McCormick, Jack Hanson, Griffin Lutz, Duren Horsey, Gabe Schlicksup

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