|VIDEO: Morristown-Beard clips Kinnelon to reach MCT semifinal|
Morristown-Beard rolled to victory without much drama in its Morris County Tournament boys' basketball quarterfinal against Kinnelon. But a scene at the end of the 53-36 triumph demonstrated that it is far from business as usual for the top-seeded Crimson.
After the final buzzer, the Morristown-Beard players rushed over to embrace head coach Ed Franz alongside the court. Franz hasn't been coaching the team for the past few games as he deals with cancer, but showed up at Randolph High School to watch this tournament game.
Ryan Russo helped the Crimson maintain the lead in the first half and ended up with a game-high 15 points. Justin Rodriguez scored 13 points for Mo-Beard.
Zach Dees added nine points, while Raphael Castillo had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Crimson. Morristown-Beard seized control of the contest with a 17-8 third quarter.
Kinnelon was led by Austin Tchikatilov, who scored 12 points. Dylan Cathcart had eight ponts and Thomas Hatch added six for the ninth-seeded Colts.
Kinnelon slips to 14-6 with the loss.
Morristown-Beard improves to 18-3. The Crimson, who are the top seed in the Morris County for the first time ever, will face #4 seed Morristown in the semifinals next weekend.
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