VOTE: Thrive Shore Conference Boys Basketball Week 6 Player of the Week
Each week during the remainder of the Shore Conference boys basketball season, Shore Sports Network will present multiple weekly awards for Player of the Week and give the fans the opportunity to vote for the overall player of the week.
Below are the Players of the Week in each of the eight Shore Conference divisions, plus two wild cards. Read about their performances during the stretch of games from Jan. 22 through Jan. 28 and vote for the players who stood out as the Thrive Shore Conference Player of the Week.
Vote once per hour until the poll closes at 10 p.m. on Thursday. The winner will be posted on Friday and will receive a free recovery session courtesy of Thrive Spine and Sports Rehab.
Class A North Player of the Week
Anthony Leger, Manalapan
Leger scored 19 points in back-to-back games – one a rout of Lacey and the other a two-point loss at Red Bank Catholic. The senior also put up six rebounds and five assists at RBC and capped the week with seven points, four assists and four steals in a win over Long Branch.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Kevin Pikiell, CBA; Andrew Silverman, Freehold Twp., D.J. Orloff, Howell; Joe Farino, Manalapan; Steve Scimone, Marlboro; Dan Elmasri, Marlboro; Tristan Ulrich, Manalapan
Class B North Player of the Week
Colin Cavanaugh, Red Bank Catholic
Cavanaugh’s week ranged from clutch to record-breaking as the Caseys went 3-1 against a quartet of quality teams. He hit one of RBC’s biggest shots of the season when he drained a go-ahead three-pointer with 43 seconds left to beat Manalapan, 63-61, which capped a 15-point performance. On Saturday, Cavanaugh erupted for a career-high 35 points, including a school-record 11 three-pointers, in an 82-71 win over Ranney.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Zayier Dean, Red Bank; Eddie Lopez, Middletown North; Jason Quardt, Middletown North; Colin Byrne, Middletown North; Lucas Sloane, Colts Neck; Vova Trotsko, Colts Neck; Braydon Kirkpatrick, Red Bank; Will Nugent, Middletown South; Ryan Prior, Red Bank Catholic; Pasquale Sabino, Red Bank Catholic; David Carr, Rumson-Fair Haven; Nick Rigby, Rumson-Fair Haven; Andrew Goodes, Rumson-Fair Haven; Ryan Denery, Middletown South
Class A South Player of the Week
Kai Barckley, Toms River South
Barckley posted two more 20-plus-point games last week, giving him seven such games this season. The first was a 20-point outing in a 56-53 win over Monmouth, followed by 23 points in a dramatic overtime win over Southern. In the overtime win, Barckley took over with 10 of his points in the extra session to close out the road win over the Rams.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Jake Sliwinski, Southern; Bryce Kazanowsky, Toms River North; Sean Collins, Brick Memorial; Jason McKelvey, Toms River East; Jackson Markovitch, Toms River East; Sean Irby-Gathers, Toms River North; Tareq Council, Toms River North; Caden Schubiger, Southern
Class B South Player of the Week
Miles Chevalier, Central
It was a milestone week for Miles, who not only averaged 19 points in three Central wins, but also reached the 1,000-point mark for his career at Central. The senior wing scored his 1,000th point in a home win over Brick and in that game, he finished with 28 points and six steals.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Logan Brash, Lacey; Aidan Lunn, Manchester; Jordan Barbot, Central; M.J. Goins, Manchester; Jamari Smith, Barnegat; Mike Sullivan, Brick; Jayden Johnson, Brick; Ty Kline, Pinelands
Class A Coastal Player of the Week
Alex Garguilo, Raritan
Garguilo is the only player on this year’s Raritan team that logged meaningful minutes on last year’s 21-win team that finished No. 4 in the Shore Conference and last week, he had his best individual moment as a Rocket. Facing Long Branch, Garguilo went off for 42 points – the most in a single game by a Shore Conference player this season – to land the Rockets a 76-57 win over the Green Wave. Garguilo shot 15-for-26 from the field, including 10 three-pointers, while also contributing five assists and six steals.
Class A Coastal Honorable Mention: Qua’Mir Everett, Freehold Boro; Deon Jackson, St. John Vianney; Peter Da Cruz, Long Branch; Jayden Elijah, Matawan; Chauncey Brown, Matawan; Dylan Costa, St. John Vianney; Brian Tassey, Freehold Boro; Jack Vallillo, Holmel; James Vallillo, Holmdel; Cam Gabloff, Raritan; Mark Augello, St. John Vianney
Class B Coastal Player of the Week
Jayden Hodge, St. Rose
St. Rose picked up wins over the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the Shore Conference last week and Hodge stood out in each win. The sophomore posted 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals in a win at Manasquan and then went for 18 points and six rebounds in a home win over CBA.
Class B Coastal Honorable Mention: Alex Konov, Manasquan; Jayden Myrthill, Neptune; Gio Panzini, St. Rose; Josh Engel, Ranney; Drew Buck, Ranney; Liam Killea, Wall; Griffin Linstra, Wall; Jake Venturoso, Point Boro; Drew Cardia, Point Boro; Matt Hodge, St. Rose
Class A Central Player of the Week
John Coakley, Point Beach
Point Beach scored its biggest win of the season when it went into Henry Hudson’s gym last Wednesday and handed the Admirals their second loss of the season. Coakley set the tone by scoring Point Beach’s first 10 points and finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 52-43 Garnet Gulls win.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Jack Fitzpatrick, Henry Hudson; Dominico Dispenza, Keyport; Jacob Edgecomb, Point Beach; Anthony Stevens, Asbury Park
Class B Central Player of the Week
Alex George, Shore
George has eased back into action after missing the first month of the season due to injury, but last week, he looked like his normal self. The senior set a season-high with 22 points in a win over Ocean, then set a career-high with 33 in a win over Lakewood.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Ryan Jacobs, Donovan Catholic; Ahmir Wiggins, Monmouth; Jack Malek, Donovan Catholic; Alex Colon, Lakewood; Lukas Latvys, Jackson Liberty; Charlie Callahan, Jackson Liberty
Zayier Dean, Red Bank
Dean was another Shore Conference player to chase down the 1,000-career point mark and he did it by the middle of his junior year. On Monday, Jan. 22, Dean hit the milestone in a 72-67 win over Middletown North on the way to scoring 20 points in the game. The Bucs went on to record a 4-0 week, with Dean averaging 16.75 points in the victories.
Logan Brash, Lacey
Lacey is mired in a 1-7 stretch at the moment, but the Lions got a reprieve last week thanks to some last-second heroics from Brash. The senior guard hit a short jumper at the buzzer to give Lacey a 55-54 win over Manchester, capping a 16-point night for Brash. Three nights later, Brash scored 20, but Lacey lost a tough battle on the road to a quality Barnegat squad.