Boys Basketball – Postseason Player of the Week Winner: Jon Spatola, Marlboro (NJ)
Seaview Orthopaedic Postseason Player of the Week
Jon Spatola, Marlboro
If there were a Playoff MVP Award, Spatola would be the leading candidate to claim it, even after his Marlboro team lost the Pod A championship game in heartbreaking fashion. Spatola started Marlboro’s run off with a game-high 25 points in a first-round win over Holmdel, including 15 points in the first half.
In the semifinals at Ranney, Spatola played one of the best games of the year by a Shore Conference player, scoring 27 points, going 10-for-10 from the line to help close out a 71-65 win over the No. 2 seed. The 5-foot-8 junior dominated both ends of the floor in the second half, scoring 21 of his points and shutting down Ranney sophomore Isaac Hester for a stretch of about 12:30 in the second half.
Spatola capped his spectacular week with 16 points in the championship game vs. Manasquan, including a huge game-tying jumper and go-ahead free throw during the overtime, which accounted for Marlboro's final three points of the game.
On Thursday, Spatola was selected as a Second Team All-Shore guard by the Shore Conference Basketball Coaches Association (SCBCA) and the co-player of the year in Pod E along with junior teammate Jacks Seidler. Spatola finished his junior campaign averaging 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.6 steals in 13 games for the 9-4 Mustangs.
As the last Player of the Week of 2021, Spatola will receive a shirt courtesy of Seaview Orthopaedic and a $25 gift card to Jersey Mike's.
Past 2021 Player of the Week Winners
Week 1: Luke Braaten, Brick Memorial
Week 2: Gavin Migliori, Toms River South
Week 3: Andre Wells, Matawan
Week 4: Jack Collins, Manasquan
Week 5: Vinny Pennino, Middletown North
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