Boys Basketball – 2021 All-Shore Final Vote Winners
The madness began on Friday with more than 50 candidates and finally concluded last night with two Shore Conference boys basketball players joining the 2021 All-Shore Team as the fan-approved picks for the last two spots on the team.
Four players surged into the final round of voting on Tuesday afternoon and at the end of Wednesday night, the Shore Sports Network readers had spoken and spoken resoundingly.
It's time to meet the last two members of the 2021 All-Shore Team.
Shore Sports Network Final Vote Winners
Josh Kline, Sr., 5-10, Guard, Pinelands
Key Stats: 14.7 points per game, 3.3 assists, 3.0 steals, 35 three-pointers, 84% FT
A 4-10 season was not one for the Pinelands record books, but it was also a more competitive season for the Wildcats than that record indicates and that has a lot to do with the play of the team’s senior point guard. Kline was a reliable player game-in and game-out for a team that tried to keep games in the 40’s to give its offense a chance to keep pace, but was better in the high-scoring game this season because of Kline’s ability to go off. The senior scored 20 or more points three times, including 20 points with a go-ahead three-pointer in overtime in a win over Point Boro. Kline also went for 29 and 25 in close losses to Brick and Jackson Liberty and dished out nine assists in a win over Brick Memorial during postseason week.
Luke Infurna, Sr., 5-11, Guard, Southern
Key Stats: 10.5 points per game, 2.3 assists
It’s hard to declare with absolute certainty that this was the best Southern team of the last two decades, especially when the Rams had Mike Gesicki dunking on all of Ocean County not too long ago. This team, however, did what so many at Southern could not, which was to break into the final eight in the Shore Conference playoffs and finish the year in the Top 10. The Rams did it with balance and by sharing the game and Infura was an embodiment of that. His numbers were fair but he also stepped up in several key games and key moments. The senior guard delivered 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a win over Toms River North – the first loss the Mariners suffered to a Class A South team since Feb. 2015. Infurna scored 14 points and hit a huge game-tying three-pointer in regulation as part of a critical win at Manchester and later capped his season with a team-high 17 points in a loss to Neptune.