Boys Basketball – All-Tournament Player of the Week: Mark Mogarte
Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey All-Tournament Player of the Week
Mark Mogarte, Toms River North
Mogarte was a first-team All-Tournament selection at the WOBM Christmas Classic for helping the Mariners reach the championship game. The senior guard scored a team-high 18 points to lead a come-from-behind win over Marlboro in the semifinals and averaged 12 points and five assists during his team’s four-game stay in the tournament.
With three impact starters graduating from last year's record-setting 28-win team, Toms River North needed Mogarte to step up as a starting point guard this year and, to this point, he has delivered. He spent the early part of last season in the rotation and this year he has the embraced the challenge of a larger role.
Mogarte has also found the range from beyond the three-point arc - which has been particularly important with returning starter Holden Petrick battling a lingering ankle injury. With Mogarte running the show at point guard, Toms River North is off to a 6-2 start.
With more than 50 percent of the 13,000 votes cast, Mogarte was an overwhelming choice for this week's Player of the Week Award. Colts Neck senior Dan Gaines - the MVP of the Buc Classic - was a distant-but-dominant second place with 30 percent of the vote.
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