PARSIPPANY — On Saturday, February 24, the Parsippany Christian boys’ and girls’ basketball teams competed in their conference tournament finals.
The girls’ team defeated Abundant Life Academy of Nutley by the score of 51-32 to claim their first conference tournament title since the 2010-11 season. The Lady Patriots led 18-13 at halftime but opened the game up by outscoring Abundant Life Academy 18-3 in the third quarter to take a 36-16 lead into the fourth quarter. The Lady Patriots were led by League Co-MVP Chloe Milanesi who added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals and League All-Star Rose Hockman who also contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds. Other League All-Star Charlotte Milanesi added 8 points and played aggressive defense by securing 5 steals.
The Lady Patriots improved their record to 25-3 on the season, having swept through the Metro Christian Athletic Association regular season and conference tournament undefeated. The Lady Patriots will now enter the Mid-East Regional Christian Schools tournament in Maryland on March 1st-3rd as the No. 1 seed. The Lady Patriots will play Calvary Christian (MD) on Thursday, March 1.
In the boy’s championship, Parsippany Christian, looking to defend last year’s tournament title, lost to American Christian 57-41. The Patriots were down 29-20 at halftime and could not manage a second half comeback in their bid to repeat. The Patriots were led by senior point guard George Gonzalez who had 15 points on three 3-pointers. Gonzalez also had 3 assists. Senior forward Michael Jetton added 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Michael Jetton and Patrick Vance Jr. received League All-Stars for Parsippany Christian.
The Parsippany Christian boy’s team will accompany the girl’s team in Maryland this upcoming weekend as the No. 2 seed in the Mid-East Regional Christian Schools tournament. The Patriots will play Temple Christian (VA) on Thursday, March 1.