Boys Basketball – Army Strong Team of the Week: Manchester
The Manchester senior trio of Jordan Torney, Shavar Reynolds and Israel Almestica has played upwards of 100 high school games with one another since all three were varsity letter-winners as freshmen, but there was one maor void on their collective career resume.
Last week, those seniors filled that void by knocking off Shore Conference Class B South rival Lakewood, 65-64, on a putback by Almestica just before the final buzzer. The win marked the first time Manchester beat Lakewood since December of 2009 and also ended Lakewood's 45-game winning streak withing the B South division.
With double-digit wins over Barnegat and Lacey to cap the week, the Hawks locked up the Shore Sports Network Army Strong Team of the Week Award, the fourth such award handed out this season.
Reynolds scored 19 points in the Lakewood win, while Torney had 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals to help lead the way. Junior L.J. Robinson also played a critical role, scoring a team-high 26 points - including 26 points in the second half.
The win pulled Manchester into a three-way tie with both Lakewood and Donovan Catholic in the Class B South division race.
Past SSN Army Strong Teams of the Week