Boys Basketball – Players of the Week, 12/24/15
Shore Sports Network Player of the Week
Kenny Buell, Brick
Buell scored 49 points in Brick’s first two games, but none were bigger than the last three. The Green Dragons senior hit what very well could go down as the shot of the year when he banked in a heave from half court as time expired to give Brick a stunning 92-89 win over a Southern team expected to compete for a Class A South title and one of the eight spots in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Brookdale College this year. It could also go down as the most controversial play of the year because video and photo evidence suggests Buell did not release the shot before the final buzzer.
In the end though, the shot will count and the Green Dragons – who have not had a winning season since 2006-07 – are now 2-0 to start the season behind Buell, who is averaging 24.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists through two games this year.
Division Players of the Week
Class A North
P.J. Ringel, Marlboro
Ringel is the only Shore Conference player to play three games this year and score at least 20 points in all of them. He scored 22 points to go with six steals against Manalapan on opening night and followed that up with two more 20 games against Toms River South and Freehold Township (an overtime loss).
Class A Central
Eddie Tynion, Raritan
While his 15.5 points-per-game average through two games is solid, Tynion gets the nod for some clutch play down the stretch of Raritan’s 37-35 win over Shore, in which he hit the game-tying three-pointer in the final two minutes, then scored the winning lay-up with under 30 seconds to play. He also scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to help Raritan improve to 2-0 with a win over Holmdel on Monday.
Class A South
Kenny Buell, Brick (See Above)
Class B North
Anthony Velazquez, Long Branch
In his first two games at Long Branch after moving from Puerto Rico, Velazquez has helped the Green Wave make early waves with wins over Colts Neck and Matawan. Velazquez had 19 points and eight rebounds in the win over Colts Neck and posted 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists against Matawan on Monday.
Class B Central
Bryan Antoine, Ranney
In his first game as a high school player, Antoine – one of four freshmen starting for Ranney – poured in 26 points to go with four assists and five steals to help the Panthers top perennial B Central contender St. Rose. He then scored 17 points and dished out five assists in a win over Keansburg the next morning.
Class B South
Riley Collins, Donovan Catholic
After a solid 13-point opening night to help his Griffins beat Jackson Liberty, Collins went off in each of the Griffins next two games. He drained 29 points in a 32-point win against Brick Memorial in the WOBM Christmas Class opening round and followed that up with 28 points on 5-for-7 shooting from three-point range in a B South win over Point Boro.