Boys Basketball – Week One Team of the Week: Manasquan
The Manasquan boys basketball team lost the Shore Conference's top scorer by total points from a season ago and two other starters from last year's team, but as current senior Ryan Flanagan said, quoting his head coach: "Manasquan doesn't rebuild. We reload."
Behind Flanagan and junior Brad McCabe - the two most prominent contributors from a year ago to return this season - the Warriors are off to a 7-0 start to 2017-18 after winning the WOBM Christmas Classic over the holiday break.
With WOBM wins over Toms River North, Red Bank Catholic and Middletown South, Manasquan is the first Jersey Mike's Shore Sports Network Team of the Week.
McCabe had a breakout performance after a slow start to the season, averaging 25.3 points over the final three games of the tournament to earn the WOBM Classic MVP award. Flanagan, meanwhile, has been the steady senior leader of the team as the point guard and turned in a career performance in the championship vs. Toms River North. In the 71-64 Manasquan win, Flanagan scored 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out 10 assists.
While McCabe and Flanagan were the all-tournament performers for the Warriors, there was a long list of key contributors throughout the week. Senior guard Emilio Stevenson hit two big three-pointers in the Toms River North win and finished with 11 points, senior Justin Gladden and junior Xander Korolik worked the boards throughout the tournament and sophomore Alex Galvan gave the Warriors scoring a rebounding off the bench.
Manasquan is one of three remaining undefeated teams in the Shore Conference, joining Mater Dei Prep and Colts Neck.