Dan and I will each pick a Player of the Week from the previous week of games every week this season. If something catches your eye this week (Jan. 6-12), make sure to let us know.
The schedule will fall into a familiar pattern beginning this week. League play hits full swing and teams will play fairly regularly until the final day of the regular season outside of a few days off for exams later this month.
Dan and I will have our five picks for the Games of the Week later on today and another set of rankings later in the week. Until then, here’s our take on last week’s best…
Josh’s POTW: Tom Capuano, Iona Prep - It was a quiet week because of the holiday and the snow. The schedule was basically just Saturday’s slate of games, and no one played better against better competition that day than Capuano. In fact, the junior guard seems to have that knack. He’s not Iona’s most highly-touted player, but he may be its most consistent.
The rugged Hastings resident poured in 20 points against the No. 2-ranked Class AA team in the state, Bishop Loughlin, and its Division I-bound backcourt of Mike Williams (Rutgers) and Khadeen Carrington (Seton Hall). Capuano gave the Gaels a chance to win before they fell 65-63 at home in OT.
Dan’s POTW: Joe Zayer, Clarkstown South —
As Josh said, due to the snow and holiday last week, not many games were played. Still, there were plenty of great performances to choose from. For my money, no one had a better week than the Vikings’ senior guard.
Zayer had 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Clarkstown South’s 64-63 overtime win at New Rochelle Thursday. Zayer also had the assist on Stephen Collamore’s game-winning basket, finding his teammate wide open under the basket in the waning seconds of overtime. The win proved the Vikings are very much in the Class AA conversation and a serious contender for earning a trip to the County Center.
On Saturday, Zayer had 15 points in Clarkstown South’s 73-51 win at Clarkstown North to move the Vikings to 8-0. The Rams might be having a down season, but records rarely matter in rivalry games. The fact Zayer was able to help lead his team to a victory in enemy territory can’t be overlooked.
For a look at all of this season’s Player of the Week honorees, click on the “POTW/Game Balls” tab on the blog.