Boys Basketball Player of the Week

Tymere Berry, Toms River South

Berry started the week with a 26-point, six-steal performance against Jackson Memorial worthy of Player of the Week recognition, but it turned out just a warm-up act for the senior guard. On Friday at Brick Memorial, Berry unleashed the performance of the year in the Shore Conference thus far when he scored 42 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and handed out six assists in a 68-65 win over Brick Memorial. He also shot an efficient 14-for-22 from the field, 5-for-7 from three-point range and 9-for-12 from the free-throw line. Through nine games this season, Berry is averaging 25.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.2 steals while leading the Indians to a 5-4 mark.

Toms River South senior Tymere Berry (1) had a huge game to cap a huge week on Friday, while Manchester junior Jordan Torney (right) led the Hawks to a 3-0 week. (Photo by Bill Normile)


Honorable Mention

Jake Logue, Southern – Logue reached the 1,000-point plateau for his career with three big performances this week. He scored 20 points in a win over Toms River East Tuesday, 31 in a win over Jackson Memorial on Friday and 27 in a win over Millville on Saturday, when he reached the 1,000-point mark. Logue also pulled down 10 rebounds in each game.

Taj Shomo, Ocean – The Spartans won three games over the last week and Shomo led his team in scoring in each of them. He had games of 17 and 19 points to cap the week, but his biggest game was a 22-point effort in a 50-47 win over Neptune, including the game-winning three at the buzzer.

Jordan Torney, Manchester – Like Shomo, Torney contributed in volume and in key moments. He had 12 points and 5 steals in a win at Donovan Catholic, had 19 points in a win at Central and hit the game-winning free throws in a 53-52 win over Jackson Liberty – a game in which Torney led the Hawks with 14 points.

Anthony Mitchell, Red Bank – For all its balance, the Red Bank scoring attack does have a go-to scorer according to the numbers. Mitchell entered the week as the Bucs’ leading scorer and kept it up this week by scoring a season-high 22 points in a win over Long Branch Tuesday and a game-high 16 in a key B North win over Colts Neck on Thursday.

Ryan West, Toms River East – The Raiders got a big win over Lacey on Friday behind a 23-point night from West. The junior sharp-shooter also scored 16 points in a five-point loss to No. 10 Southern earlier in the week.

Chris Iapicco, Lacey – Another week, another collection of big scoring nights for the Lions' big man. Iapicco posted 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead Lacey to a win over Brick, then scored 34 in a loss to Toms River East, upping his season average to 24.2 points per game.

Jake Guemple, St. John Vianney – Few players came up bigger for their team this week than Guemple, the junior who saw an increase in minutes with an injury to Lancers leading scorer Grant Goode and scored a career-high 15 points to help SJV beat Matawan and snap a four-game losing streak.

Jimmy Panzini, Point Beach – The junior St. Anthony transfer has found his groove with the Gulls, scoring 17 points in a win over Asbury Park and 19 in an overtime classic at Colts Neck, which Point Beach lost in the final seconds despite Panzini’s best efforts.

Greg McManus, Howell – The senior because Howell’s all-time leading rebounder in a loss to Marlboro on Tuesday and followed up his record-setting night with a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds) in a win over Manalapan on Thursday.