Boys Basketball – SSN Player of the Week Winner, Week 8
Shore Sports Network Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Player of the Week
Trevor Zabilowicz, Toms River East
Jackson Memorial just missed qualifying for the Shore Conference Tournament and the Jaguars can thank Zabilowicz as much as anyone. The Raiders junior hit a three-pointer with five seconds left to give Toms River East a 50-48 win over Jackson Memorial on Feb. 7 in Jackson. The shot capped an 11-point fourth quarter for Zabilowicz, who finished with a team-high 18 points in the game.
Zabilowicz is one of a slew of juniors on the Raiders team, which hopes its recent uptick in performance can set them up for a bounceback year in 2017-18. Toms River East has played the entire year without senior and Shore Sports Network All-Shore Third Team guard Phil Lingat because of a torn ACL and players like Zabilowicz, Zyaire Dorn, Nick Shortino and Nick Silvia have stepped up over the course of the year.
Zabilowicz won this week’s award with 43 percent of the more than 17,000 votes cast. Colts Neck junior Dan Gaines came in just behind him at 37.5 percent and Holmdel senior Mike Simuro collected 13.75 percent of the vote.