A 20-win 2014-15 season that included a trip to the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals and the No. 1 seed in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV playoffs came to a screeching halt for Toms River North in the South Jersey Group IV quarterfinals against a formidable, eighth-seeded Rancocas Valley.

The Mariners have returned this year with a deeper, more athletic, up-tempo team that is off to a 11-1 start to the 2015-16 campaign. If there was any doubt that Toms River North has grown from its postseason exits from a year ago, the Mariners put it to rest by beating Rancocas Valley, 82-67, this past Saturday at a Martin Luther King Jr. showcase in Pemberton. After beating the Red Devils to cap an unbeaten week, the Mariners are the third Shore Sports Network Army Strong Team of the Week in 2016.

In that Saturday win, five Toms River North players scored in double-figures, led by 20-point games from both senior Hunter Petrick and junior Mike Nyisztor. Senior Pat Marinaccio also scored 18 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the win, while junior Jaden Rhoden added 14 points and junior Darrion Carrington netted 10 in the potent Mariners offensive attack.

The 15-point win over the Red Devils capped another unbeaten week for Toms River North, which included wins over Brick Memorial and a Brick team that is off to its best start to a season in quite some time. To date, Toms River North's only loss is to still-unbeaten Manasquan in the WOBM Christmas Classic final - a game the Mariners led by nine points in the third quarter.

Previous Teams of the Week

Week One: Ranney

Week Two: Rumson-Fair Haven