Cougar Classic Basketball Tournament

To benefit the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

This year Chatham hosted it’s annual Cougar Classic Basketball Tournament over winter break as it has done for many years past. The round-robin tournament is a fundraiser to support the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation to prevent sudden cardiac death. The boys and girls team both did amazing this year with the boys coming out 4-0 and the girls 3-1.

McKenna Dunk 2015-16

McKenna throws down a dunk against Summit

Chatham Bball 2015-16

Chatham Boys Huddled up after a win

The boys played Orange, New Providence, Summit, and Hanover Park and came out victorious for all of them, some with huge wins like 70-46 or 72-39 with Orange and Hanover Park. These were huge wins for our teams as the student section was packed, even over break, cheering the team on.

Notable moments included Colin McKenna’s dunk in the Summit game igniting crazy reactions from fans and pictured in the image from Luke Malanga; the first dunk at CHS in over 5 seasons. Also, this year marked Coach Todd Ervin’s 25th year of coaching and he was commemorated with a short speech and a visit and gift from his state-championship winning team of 2007, with alumni including Billy Oliver (who went on to play basketball at Penn State) and Kevin Conroy, Justin Cosgrove, and Matt McHugh. Overall the boys had a very successful winter break with their record now at 6-0, and gave the fans lots to look forward to.

Then there were the girls who did almost as great. They pulled out a win against Orange, Governor Livingston, and Columbia, although that game was close with only a 45-44 victory. Sadly, they fell short to Hunterdon Central in the final minutes as they were ahead for most of the game, and lost momentum right at the end with a 49-44 loss. Senior Cassandra Falone had a great week scoring 24, 22, and 15 points respectively in the first three games. Sophomores Veronica Kelly and Chloe Blanc trailed behind her with many points as well. Hopefully their season continues strong as their record so far is 4-2. Overall, both teams had a great run over break and the fundraiser was a success in giving proceeds to a great foundation.

(All photos by Luke Malanga)