Boys Basketball – VOTE: Week 5 Seaview Orthopaedics Player of the Week
Each week during the 2021-22 season, Shore Sports Network will recognize the top performers in Shore Conference boys basketball and give the SSN readers a chance to pick the top one.
With seven Shore Conference divisions this year instead of six, there will be a Player of the Week in each division, plus three wild cards, giving you a pool of 10 players from which to choose every week.
Read about this week's nominees and vote for the one that strikes you as the best pick for overall Player of the Week. The top vote-getter will receive a $25 gift card to the Turning Point and a long sleeve t-shirt courtesy of Seaview Orthopaedic.
Vote in the poll at the end of the post once per hour until the poll closes at 10 p.m. on Thursday.
Class A North Player of the Week
Jonathan Spatola, Marlboro
Marlboro has started to look like the team that started the season No. 1 in the Shore Conference and the rest of the teams in the area are on notice. Both Spatola and fellow senior Jack Seidler were on their game last week, and Spatola’s hot stretch during the fourth quarter of a 72-61 win over Freehold Township helped the Mustangs overcome a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit in the final 5:40. Spatola finished with 22 points against Freehold Township and went for 21 in a win over Manalapan.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Jack Seidler, Marlboro; Jayden Holmes-Cotter, Freehold Twp.; Dylan Csik, Middletown South; Mike Cerreto, Manalapan; Zach Emery, Howell; Dylan McVeigh, Howell; Gabe Blackwell, Manalapan; Pat Lautato, CBA
Class A Central Player of the Week
Scott Gyimesi, Rumson-Fair Haven
Gyimesi got his partner in crime back this week with the return of senior guard Geoff Schroeder and based on his play, Gyimesi is pretty happy about it. The 6-foot-5 senior put up a 20-point double-double in all three of his team’s games this week and all three were big wins: Shore, Raritan and Newark East Side. Gyimesi averaged 24.3 points and 15 rebounds in the three wins, including 26 and 16 in the impressive Saturday win over East Side.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Justin Rivera, Raritan; Nick Seeloch, Holmdel; Chauncy Brown, Matawan; Alex Bauman, Red Bank Catholic; C.J. Ruoff, Red Bank Catholic; Alex George, Shore
Class A South Player of the Week
Samir Padilla, Jackson Memorial
Jackson Memorial is one of the Shore’s hottest teams, having won six straight with three of the wins coming over opponents that were ranked at the time. Padilla was a big part of four Jaguars wins this week, scoring 18 points to lead the way in a win over Raritan, 13 in a win over Toms River South, 16 in a win over Manchester and 16 more in a win over Toms River East.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Steven Bado, Jackson Memorial; Jeremiah Pruitt, Toms River North; Keith Adame, Jackson Memorial; Luke Braaten, Brick Memorial; Justin Soranno, Central; Dorian Alston, Brick Memorial; John Truhan, Central; Lamir Mitchell, Toms River North; Dylan Russell, Toms River East; Nick Devane, Southern; Josh Michigan, Brick Memorial; Gavin Migliori, Toms River South
Class B North Player of the Week
Jahmil Miranda, Neptune
Miranda helped deliver Neptune a much-needed road win at Colts Neck inside the division. The senior guard stepped to the free-throw line in the final 30 seconds to deliver three clutch foul shots, capping a 13-point game for himself and a 47-42 win for his team.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Tommy Giannone, Middletown North; Will Surdez, Colts Neck; Nick Valentino, Red Bank; Nate Williams, St. John Vianney; Collin Teter, Red Bank; Mike Bisaha, Freehold Boro; Matt Kenny, Middletown North
Class B Central Player of the Week
Mike Alonso, Keansburg
Alonso is putting together a breakout season and last week was his best three-game stretch of the season as a scorer. The junior averaged just a shade under 20 points, putting up 20 in a win over Henry Hudson and 16 points, six rebounds and four assists in a win over Asbury Park. Alonso’s biggest scoring output of the week came in a loss to Keyport, in which Alonso netted 23 points against his team’s nearby rival.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Charles Anyichie, Ranney; Davon Foster, Asbury Park; Gerard Novello, Mater Dei Prep; D.J. Thomson, Point Beach; George Mitchell, Keyport; Jax Ross, Henry Hudson; Anthony Tancredi, Mater Dei Prep
Class B South Player of the Week
Savon Myers, Manchester
Myers continued his huge statistical 2021-22 season last week with a record-setting performance in Manchester’s win over Lacey. In addition to 23 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, Myers picked up 11 steals to make it a triple-double and set a school record for steals in a single game. Later in the week, Myers also scored 23 points in a loss at Jackson Memorial, including 17 points after halftime.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Daniel McCarthy, Pinelands; D’Maari Brown, Manchester; Chris Venturoso, Lacey; Amari Ayala-Petty, Manchester; Jalin Butler, Donovan Catholic; Rian O’Rourke, Pinelands; Darren Barreau, Pinelands
Class C North Player of the Week
Dahkareo Pritchett, Jackson Liberty
The Lions rolled into this week off to the best start in the young history of their program and the most memorable win of that 9-3 start had to be last week’s triple-overtime win at Colts Neck. The biggest shot in that game came from Pritchett, who banked in a double-clutch, game-tying three-pointer with one second left in the second overtime period. Pritchett finished with a team-high 16 points in that win, plus double-figure scoring in other Jackson Liberty wins over Ocean and St. Rose.
Class C North Honorable Mention: Matt Lee, Point Boro; Darius Adams, Manasquan; Alex Konov, Manasquan; Zayier Dean, Ocean; Joe Tvrdik, Wall; Justin McMahon, Ocean
Daniel McCarthy, Pinelands
McCarthy led Pinelands in scoring in both of the teams wins last week, which came over Lakewood and Point Bach. McCarthy put up 23 points and seven rebounds against Lakewood, then scored 16 to help lead the way against Point Beach.
Nick Seeloch, Holmdel
After slipping to 5-5, Holmdel bounced back with two wins this week and Seeloch was a big part of both. The sophomore scored a career-high 34 points in leading the Hornets to a win over Matawan, then poured in 14 to pace Holmdel in a win over Middletown South on Saturday.
Dylan Csik, Middletown South
Middletown South went 1-2 for the week but the one was a significant one for anyone playing for a Middletown team. Csik scored 25 points in a loss to Manalapan and 18 in a loss to Holmdel, but his 17 points on Friday night highlighted his week because they came in a convincing, 53-36 win over crosstown rival Middletown North.