Boys Basketball – Week 7 Jersey Mike’s Team of the Week: Neptune
Shore Conference division championships were at one time a foregone conclusion for the Neptune boys basketball team, but from the 2012-13 season until 2016-17, the Scarlet Fliers did not finish at the top of either Class B North or Class A North - the two divisions the program occupied in those five seasons.
While five years without a banner is not much of a wait for most teams, it is an eternity for the Shore's most decorated program.
Last week, that wait ended and after the Scarlet Fliers captured the outright Class A North championship with wins over Christian Brothers Academy and Colts Neck, they also earned the latest Jersey Mike's Team of the Week honor.
Since losing at CBA, 43-42, on Jan. 11, Neptune is 11-1 and on an eight-game winning streak and last week's wins over the Colts and the Cougars were, arguably the biggest wins of the current streak. The Scarlet Fliers - ranked No. 4 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 - turned in a dominant performance in beating No. 5 CBA, 53-36, on Feb. 6 and clinched no worse than a share of the A North title by edging No. 6 Colts Neck, 46-42.
When Marlboro upended CBA, 67-58, in overtime on Feb. 9, it meant Neptune clinched the outright Class A North championship, rallying to finish ahead of CBA by one game.
Neptune opened its Shore Conference Tournament stay with a 69-43 win over Holmdel on Thursday and will look to reach the semifinal round of the tournament for the second time in four years under coach Joe Fagan when it plays CBA for the third time Sunday in Toms River.
The Jersey Mike's Team of the Week Game Ball and $100 gift card was presented to the team by Jersey Mike's Representative Geo Kautz the store manager of the Neptune Location.
2018 Team of the Week Winners
Week 1: Manasquan
Week 2: Rumson-Fair Haven
Week 3: Christian Brothers Academy
Week 4: Central
Week 5: Red Bank Catholic
Week 6: Holmdel