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West Orange High School Boys Basketball 2013-2014 Preview

Evan Easterling

Friday, December 20, 2013 • 12:15am

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The high school winter sports season is here in West Orange and one of the teams to watch is the boys basketball squad. The team had a sub .500 winning percentage last season and qualified for the state tournament, posting a 10-15 record, but are ready to have a bounce back season under new Head Coach Greg Tynes, who earned accolades as a coach at East Orange’s Clifford High School, now known as East Orange Campus High School.

Tynes returns to West Orange this time as a varsity coach. In 1979, Tynes held a junior varsity coaching position. Tynes brings an impressive resume with him to West Orange. As a player, Tynes finished his college career at Seton Hall University as the school’s third all-time leading scorer. Tynes, who is currently third all-time in Essex County for victories with 529, takes over for Mark Cacciacarne who coached West Orange to a 116-110 record over the past nine years.

Tynes', coaching philosophy of playing the game the right way has players excited. West Orange’s All-Area senior guard Isaiah Scott sees reason to be encouraged from the way his team has been practicing and carrying themselves.

“I’ve seen a lot from my team so far in practice, everyone is more enthusiastic,” Scott noted. "The team has also been getting 'a lot of leadership' from our senior class,” says Scott.

Standouts Isaiah Scott, Jeremiah Boone, Justin Osuji, Tacai Dryden, and Andy Fleurantin look to help the Mountaineers have a successful season.

The Mountaineers open up their season Fri., Dec. 20 in Livingston at 7p.m. against the Lancers. The team will play a Christmas Tournament on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 in Cranford. Their home opener will be on Sat., Jan. 4.

“This year we plan to stun the Super Essex Conference and show northern New Jersey what West Orange is about,” Scott said.

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