Boys Basketball – Players of the Week, Jan. 18 to Jan. 24
Shore Sports Network Player of the Week
L.J. Robinson, Manchester
While senior teammates Jordan Torney and Shavar Reynolds reach scoring milestones, the 6-foot-4 Hawks swingman has marked his territory as one of the Shore’s top juniors. Last week, Robinson had three solid scoring games, coming in at just under 20 points per night, but his best game came in Manchester’s biggest regular-season win in years.
Robinson scored 26 points in his team’s 65-64 win over Lakewood at the buzzer, including 16 points during the Hawks’ second-half comeback that erased a 31-20 halftime deficit. The win was Manchester’s first over Lakewood in six years and snapped the Piners’ 45-game winning streak in Shore Conference Class B South play, dating back to January of 2013. Robinson also scored 14 points in a win over Barnegat and a team-high 18 in a win over Lacey.
Divisional Players of the Week
Matt Dean, Marlboro
Since becoming eligible in the fourth game of the season, Dean has been a consistent source for double-doubles, which the CBA transfer did twice last week. He started the week with 13 points and 17 rebounds in Marlboro’s 55-52 win over Freehold Borough and then threw up 20 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Manalapan.
Ryan Jensen, Manasquan
It’s weeks like the one Jensen had last week why the Warriors senior is closing in on both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for his career. He put up a massive line of 16 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks in a 20-point win over Raritan to open the week and turned in a standout performance in a five-point loss on the road to red-hot Rumson. Jensen poured in 19 points and grabbed 15 boards in defeat.
Chris Hawryluk, Jackson Memorial
Technically, Hawryluk’s 20-point game in a win over Middletown North on Jan. 16 falls under the umbrella of the previous week’s awards, but it was a performance and a win worth noting. Besides, that game is just garnishment for Hawryluk’s week, which included a career-high 26 points in an 18-point Jaguars win over Brick.
Mergim Gjyriqi, Matawan
A 19-point performance to beat Long Branch on Tuesday was just a continuation of Gjyriqi’s strong showing the week before. The senior swingman poured in 14 points to go with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 52-42 Matawan win over Ocean and then scored a team-high 16 points in a win over Neptune three nights later, helping the Huskies sweep the season series from the Scarlet Fliers.
Brendan Hueth, St. Rose
The Purple Rose have had a bit of an up-and-down season, but they have shown up against good teams on the schedule. Hueth led the Purple Roses last week, scoring 17 points in a win over Keansburg, then scored 15 points in a four-point loss to Ranney, which came down to the final minute.