Boys Basketball – VOTE: Orthopaedic Institute Week 10 Player of the Week
Each week over the course of this high school basketball season, Shore Sports Network has recognized the top performers in each division of Shore Conference boys basketball and given the readers a chance to weigh in.
This week marks the final Player of the Week contest of 2020 and features eight of the top performers from last week's NJSIAA Tournament action, separated by Shore Conference division, as per the norm in this feature.
Read about the eight candidates - six divisional players of the week and two wild cards - from last week and pick the one you think has the best case as the overall Player of the Week, with the winner taking home a Surf Taco gift card. Vote once per hour in the poll at the bottom of the post until voting ends on Wednesday at 10 p.m.
Class A North Player of the Week
Alex Ratner, Marlboro
The lone senior starter for the Mustangs, Ratner has 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.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Jay Ratner, Marlboro; Bobby Pirie, Middletown South; Ryan Mabrey, CBA; Colin Farrell, CBA; Blake Henis, Manalapan; Ryan Knorr, Manalapan; Luke Albrecht, Middletown South; Jon Spatola, Marlboro; Jack Seidler, Marlboro
Class A Central Player of the Week
Ben Roy, Manasquan
After taking it easy in the first round against Metuchen while the seniors led the way on Senior Night, Roy has come back with two scoring performances that are in line with the rest of his huge sophomore season. Roy poured in 22 points in a sectional quarterfinal win over division rival Rumson-Fair Haven, then matched a career-high with 31 points on Saturday in an 80-67 win over No. 5 Bordentown.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Geoff Schroeder, Rumson-Fair Haven; Alex Baker, Holmdel; Alex Galvan, Manasquan; Jaylen Smith, Raritan; Jack Carroll, Rumson-Fair Haven; Max O’Shaughnessy, Manasquan; Tim McEneny, Manasquan
Class A South Player of the Week
Mike Goodall, Toms River East
In a span of one week, Goodall eclipsed the 40-point mark twice – once on Senior Night on Feb. 25 and again last week when it mattered most. Toms River East hit the road for the first round of the South Jersey Group III tournament and beat Highland in convincing fashion behind another career performance by Goodall. The senior sharp-shooter scored another 40 points while also picking up 10 rebounds and six assists in the 85-56 win. He also scored 17 points in 51-44 loss at Timber Creek, which is hosting the sectional final on Monday night.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Najae Hallenbeck, Toms River North; Ryan Goodall, Toms River East
Class B North Player of the Week
Sam Fagan, Neptune
The 2019-20 season has been a grind for Fagan, who is coming off a serious leg injury that he suffered in December of 2018. He is still working the leg back into shape and the result has been an up-and-down season and last week was a high-point for the junior point guard and his team. After scoring 12 points in an easy first-round win over Northern Burlington, Fagan went off for a career-high 40 points in a double-overtime win over second-seeded Somerville in the Central Jersey Group III semifinals. With a win over Burlington Township in the following game, Neptune earned a chance to play for a sectional title for the first time since 2012.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Pat Lacey, Wall; Nate Williams, St. John Vianney; Jack Miller, Ocean; Drew Valentino, Red Bank; Saadiq Armstead, Neptune; Logan Peters, Wall; Mike Caputo, Wall; Quinn Calabrese, Wall; Makai Suit, Neptune
Class B Central Player of the Week
Tahaj Parland, Mater Dei Prep
Mater Dei followed up its run to the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals as a No. 15 seed with a run to the South Jersey Non-Public B semifinals as a No. 11 seed. The quartet of Parland, Pete Gorman, Andreas Von Fricke and Sean Turner led the way, with Parland averaging 12 points, 5.5 rebounds and six assists in two wins over Doane Academy (10, five, and five) and Immaculata (14, six and seven). Parland also scored a team-high 19 points in the semifinal loss at Wildwood Catholic.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Andreas Von Fricke, Mater Dei Prep; Pete Gorman, Mater Dei Prep; Ryan Zan, Ranney; Chris Johnson, Keyport; D.J. Thomson, Keyport; Jake Clark, Point Beach
Class B South Player of the Week
Ryan Savoy, Lakewood
Savoy ended his stellar Lakewood career by leading the Piners to their 20th win of the season just one year after winning only seven in one of the more forgettable campaigns in the storied history of the Piners program. The 6-4 senior posted 19 points and 24 rebounds in a first-round win over Steinert in the Central Jersey Group III bracket, then put up 11 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in a quarterfinal loss to Burlington Township.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Sam Young, Point Boro; Savon Myers, Manchester; Josh Hayes, Manchester; Tyler Quinn, Barnegat; Amari Petty, Donovan Catholic; Carson Howard, Lacey
Pat Lacey, Wall
Wall is back in the Central Jersey Group III final for the second straight year and Lacey’s outburst in Friday’s sectional final is a big reason why. The junior scored a career-high 33 points to go with nine rebounds in Wall’s 80-60 win over Allentown that was close heading into the fourth quarter. In the prior two rounds, Lacey scored 12 points in a rout of Woodbridge to open the tournament, then poured in 16 in a quarterfinal win over Hamilton West.
Bobby Pirie, Middletown South
The Eagles senior center-slash-stretch-four was one of the Shore’s breakout players this year and while Middletown South’s pursuit of a tournament championship ended in disappointing fashion, Pirie was outstanding during the state tournament. The 6-4 senior scored all 22 of his first-round points in the first half of a win over Howell, then put up 19 points with 10-plus rebounds in each of his team’s next two games. His 19 points and 10 rebounds helped Middletown South get by Manalapan in the quarterfinals and his 19 points and 11 boards led the way in a losing cause vs. South Brunswick on Saturday.