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Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Week 10 Player of the Week

Alex Ratner, Marlboro

In the final year of his four-year, varsity-letter-winning career, Ratner led Marlboro’s scoring effort throughout its run to the Central Jersey Group IV final. He scored 22 points in an opening-round win over Hillsborough, put up 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in a quarterfinal win over North Brunswick, and scored a team-high 22 points Saturday in a road win over second-seeded New Brunswick.

After scoring eight points in his teams 72-71 loss to South Brunswick at the buzzer in Tuesday's sectional final, Ratner ends his career with 1,348 points - the most ever for a Marlboro boys basketball player over the course of a varsity career. Ratner reached the number despite playing sparingly during his freshman season and missing time last year with an ankle sprain. The Mustangs senior also leads the Shore in scoring at 22.6 points per game.

Ratner wrapped up the final Orthopaedic Institute Player of the Week for 2020 by amassing just under 44 percent of the vote and will be awarded with a gift card to Surf Taco. The final poll of 2020 turned out to be a two-horse race between Ratner and runner-up Tahaj Parland of Mater Dei Prep, who collected 33.5 percent of the vote.

Marlboro senior Alex Ratner. (Photo by Ray Richardson)

Past 2020 Player of the Week Winners

Week 1: Jay Silva, Southern

Week 2: Will Surdez, Colts Neck

Week 3: Matt Lee, Point Boro

Week 4: Troy Buxton, Lacey

Week 5: Jiasion Carpenter, Freehold Boro

Week 6: Quinn Calabrese, Wall

Week 7: Alex Drucquer, Point Boro

Week 8: Alex Baker, Holmdel

Week 9: Connor Walsh, Manasquan