The #POTW awards are back.
Every Monday this season, Dan and I will each pick a Player of the Week from the previous week of games. It was something I’ve been doing for a while and that was expanded when Dan joined the fold last season.
OK, enough pleasantries. Let’s get to this week’s picks:
Josh’s POTW: Benny Dimirco, Eastchester -
With the lineup reduced to just seven players because of suspensions, Jack Daly needed help for Eastchester to win its season-opening tournament again. That help came from Dimirco, a player you should get used to hearing from.
The sophomore began his second season on varsity in strong fashion. He contributed 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals in an 81-34 wipeout of Hunter on Friday. Dimirco then added 25 key points as the shorthanded Eagles beat Panas 82-75 in Saturday’s tournament championship.
Like I said, get used to more of the same from Dimirco. Eastchester is built on speed, depth and the brilliance of Daly, but, like Daly, Dimirco is also a basketball-first guy on a team that consists mostly of multi-sport athletes. After getting his feet wet off the bench as a freshman, Dimirco proved last weekend that he is ready to assume a much bigger role as a sophomore on a team with consistent County Center dreams.
Dan’s POTW: Ryan Simone, Mahopac -
There was plenty of uncertainty heading into Mahopac’s 2013-14 season with the graduation of nine seniors. Despite losing such a large portion of their scoring from last season, the Indians knew they had at least one star in Ryan Simone, a returning all-section pick.
The 6-foot-5 senior had quite the start to the season. Simone posted a double-double in both games of the Carolyn Conroy Tournament at Lakeland as he led the Indians to the championship en route to earning MVP honors.
Simone had 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in Mahopac’s 49-40 win over Arlington in the tournament’s first round. He followed that up with a 25-point, 13-rebound and five-assist effort in the Indians’ 62-57 OT win over Lakeland.
Although it won’t completely fall on his shoulders, how successful Mahopac is this season will almost go hand in hand with what kind of season Simone has. If the first two games are any indication of the production we can expect from Simone, it seems like another trip to the County Center might be in the cards for Mahopac.