JSBL Basketball – Team Playoff Preview: WCT Warriors
WCT Warriors (6-1)
Playoff Position: No. 1 seed, will play Tuesday, Aug. 2 vs. opponent to be determined.
Myles Foster, 6-7, Monmouth
Zach Martini, 6-7, Princeton
Matt Allocco, 6-4, Princeton
Chima Ekekeugbor, 6-5, Baruch College (CBA)
Will Sanborn, 6-4, Ramapo (Red Bank)
Mason Jones, 6-3, Albertus Magnus College (Manchester)
Devin Jensen, 6-5, Merrimack (Manasquan)
Ryan Savoy, 6-4, New Jersey City University (Lakewood)
Danny Frauenheim, 5-10, Susquehanna (Point Beach)
Christian Garcia, 6-2, Rutgers-Newark (Freehold Boro)
Mike Goodall, 6-0, Stevens Institute (Toms River East)
Andrew Abujawdeh, 6-3, Stevens Institute (Colts Neck)
Quinn Peters, 6-6, Manasquan
Daryen Cabrera, 5-11, Brookdale (Mater Dei Prep)
The JSBL was initially supposed to be a seven-team league in the summer of 2022, but some late interest by a handful of players, including the Princeton University duo of Zach Martini and Matt Allocco. The duo made an instant impact, combining for 52 points in a season-opening win over Sea View Jeep.
Good timing has also aided WCT, as the Warriors beat Seaview when former Monmouth University star Justin Robinson was not available and then beat Stern’s Trailer the following week when Stern’s was without former Seton Hall teammates Myles Cale and Shavar Reynolds. In that win, former Manchester High School star Mason Jones and current Monmouth University forward Myles Foster each poured in 29 points to spark a win over the No. 2 seed in the playoffs in a possible preview of the JSBL Final.
After Foster scored 34 points in a tight win over Assistive Choices, Martini put up 40 points in a 43-point win over for the Warriors over Larson Ford the following night to cap the third week of the season with a 4-0 record.
After some early luck in running into shorthanded teams, WCT took on Sea Shore Auto when it had the Rutgers duo of Cliff Omoruyi and Mawot Mag making their debut. WCT shut down Sea Shore and the Scarlet Knights pair in a 97-70 win to improve to 5-0, with Foster scoring 30 and Christian Brothers Academy alum Chima Ekekeugbor adding 23.
WCT improved to 6-0 the following night thanks, again, to big scoring efforts from Foster (32) and Ekekeugbor (33) in a 111-107 win over RKE Athletic.
The Warriors will head into the playoffs coming off a loss, with an Orthopaedic Institute team led by R.J. Cole (UConn), Trevis Wyche (St. Peter’s) and George Papas (Monmouth) handing WCT a 134-110 loss on the final Tuesday of the regular season.
WCT has had a good deal of impact from former Shore Conference players, led by Ekekeugbor, Jones, Will Sanborn (Red Bank), Devin Jensen (Manasquan) and Ryan Savoy (Lakewood).
The No. 1 seed in the JSBL Playoffs affords WCT a double-bye all the way to the semifinals, which will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Manasquan High School.