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Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey Week 8 Player of the Week

Alex Baker, Holmdel

Holmdel is headed to the SCT semifinals for the first time in 21 years and the Hornets have gotten there with a stellar performance by its front court in two SCT wins.

Baker - the top per-game scorer for a balanced Holmdel team - scored 17 points in wins over both Ocean and Wall, with classmate Ryan Bradley also doing damage with 32 combined points off the bench in the two Hornets wins. A 6-5 junior, Baker also grabbed 12 rebounds in Sunday’s win over Class B North champion Wall, which struggled to keep Holmdel off the glass throughout the game.

Baker was the Week 8 winner by a comfortable margin, beating his namesake, Toms River North senior Colin Baker (no relation), 35 percent to 14. The race for second was much tighter, with Mater Dei Prep senior Peter Gorman falling short of Colin Baker by two votes and Red Bank Catholic senior Kevin Bauman coming in five votes behind Gorman.

Holmdel junior Alex Baker. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

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