Boys Basketball – Players of the Week, Jan. 2 to Jan. 10
Players selected based on results reported to Shore Sports Network for the time periord including Jan. 2 through Jan. 10.
Player of the Week
Brendan Barry, Rumson-Fair Haven
The New Year actually got off to a rough start for Barry and the Bulldogs, who lost to Freehold Township in overtime with Barry scoring a season-low 10 points. From there, the junior has exploded for two big statistical games and another 18-point, six-assist game in a win over Holmdel. Barry hit seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points in a win over Shore on Tuesday, not to mention nine rebounds and six assists. At the Shore’s premier showcase event – the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase – on Saturday, Barry stole the show with a 34-point game against Point Pleasant Beach, the highest single-game scoring total in the 15-year history of the event. In eight games this season, Barry is averaging 22.5 points per game, which includes two games of 30-plus points.
Aaron Scheiderman, Brick Memorial
Brick Memorial dropped to 2-3 on the season before getting back on track with a last-second win over Lacey and an upset of then No. 4 Southern. Scheiderman hit the buzzer-beater to down Lacey – part of a 21-point game – and then helped beat Southern by pitching in 19 points, seven points and six assists.
Peyton Wejnert, Southern
Although Southern dropped two games this past week, Wejnert continued his tornado of scoring. The junior scored a career-high 39 points in a win over Toms River South on Saturday to continue his streak of eight straight games with at least 20 points and is threatening to run away with the Shore scoring title at 27.5 points per game through eight games.
Dan Largey, Shore
Outside of Wejnert, no other Shore Conference player has been a better bet to drop 20 points in a given night than Largey. The senior has scored at least 20 points in Shore’s last six games and in seven of eight games this season. Largey won the MVP in the Blue Devils’ win over Long Branch at Saturday’s Boardwalk Showcase.
Will Kocsis, Howell
Howell has already won as many games (five) as it did all of last season, and while the return of Gino Palummo from Jackson Memorial is a big reason for the improvement, another solid season from Kocis hasn’t hurt either. In four games in 2015, Kocsis has posted four double-doubles, including 21 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Freehold on Tuesday and a game-winning tip-in to beat Point Boro on Saturday.
Jack Laffey, CBA
Since the turn of the calendar, Laffey has shot the lights out, particularly in two of CBA’s games. The Adelphi recruit poured in 30 points in a loss to Cardinal McCarrick on Jan. 2 and after a 17-point game in a win over Manalapan on Tuesday, responded with a 31-point outburst in a win over Marlboro on Friday.
Nick Camarato, Barnegat
Barnegat notched one of the biggest wins in the history of the program Thursday at Donovan Catholic and Camarato carried the day with 27 points. The junior guard also scored 15 points in a loss to Pinelands on Wednesday.
Ryan Lawrence, Lakewood
After battling through injuries throughout his junior year – his first as a Piner – Lawrence has enjoyed a breakout year as Lakewood’s top scoring option. Lawrence led the team in scoring in each of its three wins in 2015, including 16 points, six assists and four steals in a big home win over Point Beach.
Liam Byrne, Red Bank Catholic
The Caseys have one of the more balanced starting lineups in the Shore when it comes to scoring, and Byrne was the big scorer for the Caseys over the past nine days. He averaged 16.3 points in three games, including 19 points in a win over Neptune on Thursday.