Boys Basketball – VOTE: Seaview Orthopaedic Postseason Player of the Week
For the sixth and final time in 2021, Shore Sports Network is nominating eight standout players for the Seaview Orthopaedic Boys Basketball Player of the Week Award. This week's nominees consist of players who had big games, eye-popping stats and clutch moments in helping their respective teams through last week's Shore Conference postseason.
Read about the eight nominees and some of the honorable mention performers before voting for you Player of the Week pick at the bottom of the page. Vote every hour until the poll closes Wednesday at 10 p.m. The winner will receive a gift card to Jersey Mike's and shirt courtesy of Seaview Orthopaedic.
Players listed alphabetically
Colin Ackerman, Wall
Wall turned in a dominant performance last week and while it was a fitting farewell for its three senior starters – Pat Lacey, Logan Peters and Tom Palluzzi – Ackerman gets the spot for Wall in this week’s contest. The junior guard went off for 26 points in the Pod B quarterfinal win over Central, then put up 14 points, five assists and three steals in a rout of Toms River North. Ackerman closed out the week with his third double-figure scoring game, putting up 11 points in the championship win over Rumson-Fair Haven.
Alex Baker, Holmdel
It flew under the radar because Holmdel dropped into the consolation bracket with its first-round loss at Marlboro, but Baker beat out Spatola as the Pod A scoring leader with 71 points in three games (23.7 per game). He scored 18 to lead the Hornets in the loss over Marlboro, then scored 24 in Holmdel’s lone win of the week – a home victory over Southern. Baker capped his high-school career with 29 points at Red Bank Catholic in a losing cause.
Colin Farrell, CBA
Farrell averaged 18 points over three playoff games, but it was his opener that landed him among this group of standouts. In the quarterfinal round against rival Red Bank Catholic, Farrell came out on a mission and scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Colts to a resounding 61-48 win over the previously-unbeaten Caseys. Farrell then led the team in scoring in each of their next two games, scoring 13 in the loss at Manasquan and putting up 11 in the finale at Ranney on Friday.
Ben Roy, Manasquan
Neptune, CBA and Marlboro all made Manasquan labor to earn playoff wins throughout last week, with all three teams keeping the Warriors to under 60 points. In all three games, however, Manasquan found a way to win and Roy found a way to make a scoring impact. The junior guard scored 26 of his team’s 41 points in the quarterfinal win over Neptune, then scored a game-high 16 in a 45-35 win over CBA – including 11 in the second half. Roy capped his season with 21 points and six assists in the championship win over Marlboro, and his final offensive play of the season was a pass to senior Andrew Solomon for the championship-clinching layup.
Geoff Schroeder, Rumson-Fair Haven
Schroeder and Rumson were on a mission last week, with the junior guard trying to close his season strong after missing a handful of games when Rumson returned from a shutdown and the Bulldogs trying to cement a Top 10 spot. Both Schroeder and his team delivered, with Schroeder scoring 31 points vs. Mater Dei and 26 in a win over Howell to lead his squad to the Pod B championship game at Howell. Schroeder capped his week with 10 points in the loss to the championship-tested Crimson Knights.
Justin Soranno, Central
After taking a loss at Wall on Monday, Soranno and Central bounced back to close out a strong 2021 season with wins at Barnegat and Manchester – giving the Golden Eagles a pretty strong case as Ocean County’s second-best team behind Southern. Soranno went for 20 points and 15 rebounds in the win over Barnegat, then put up 22 points at Manchester to close the week. Even in losing at Wall, Soranno made an impact with 18 points and eight boards.
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, Spatola played one of the best games of the year, scoring 27 points, going 10-for-10 from the line and shutting down sophomore Isaac Hester for a stretch of about 12:30 in the second half as the Mustangs knocked off second-seeded Ranney, 71-65. 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 in overtime.
Andre Wells, Matawan
Andre Wells already won a Player of the Week Award but he has been so good, he gets a chance to win a second. The six-foot guard again starred for Matawan, this time during a 3-0 week that delivered the Huskies the Pod C championship. Wells scored 16 points and handed out eight assists in an overtime win over Donovan Catholic on Monday, came back with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists in another close win over Colts Neck in Wednesday’s semifinal, and capped his season with 32 points, five rebounds and five assists in the championship win over Middletown North.
Honorable Mention Postseason Standouts
Pat Lacey, Wall (19 points vs. Central; 18 points vs. TR North; 17 points vs. Rumson)
Jack Seidler, Marlboro (11 points vs. Holmdel, 18 points, 6 rebounds at Ranney, 19 points, 9 rebounds at Manasquan)
Kyle Rhoden, Ranney (12 points vs. Southern; 10 points, 10 rebounds vs. Marlboro; 18 points, 11 rebounds vs. CBA)
Nick Gallo, Howell (21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals at Manchester; 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists at TR North)
Tom Brown, Middletown South (23 points vs. Hunterdon Central; 15 points vs. Edison)
Elijah Perkins, Ranney (17 points vs. Southern; 21 points vs. Marlboro; 8 points, 4 steals vs. CBA)
Tyler Quinn, Barnegat (24 point at TR North; 12 points vs. Central; 24 points at Mater Dei)
Vinny Pennino, Middletown North (30 points vs. Keyport; 19 points vs. Jackson Liberty; 17 points at Matawan)
D.J. Thomson, Keyport (27 points at Middletown North; 21 points vs. Donovan Catholic)
Phanique Dupree, Jackson Liberty (11 points, 4 blocks at SJV; 18 points at Middletown North)
Jiasion Carpenter, Freehold Boro (19 points, 13 rebounds at Red Bank; 10 points at St. Rose; 14 points, 13 rebounds at Manalapan)
Josh Kline, Pinelands (10 points vs. Brick Memorial; 28 points vs. Brick; 19 points vs. Jackson Memorial)
Josh Michigan, Brick Memorial (13 points at Toms River South; 28 points vs. TR East)
Christian DeGiso, Freehold Boro (9 points at St. Rose; 16 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists at Manalapan)
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