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. 13-19) make sure to let us know.
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 top individual performances:
Josh’s POTW: Andrew Groll, Byram Hills – If you’re, say, the average starting guard in Section 1, you probably average somewhere around three rebounds per game. That means in an 18-game regular season, you’d grab somewhere in the vicinity of 50 rebounds. Well, Groll, the 6-foot-7 junior, nearly did that in just two games last week.
Groll powered his way to 50 points and a whopping 45 rebounds in Byram wins over Horace Greeley and Scarsdale last week. He pounded the Quakers for 26 points and 21 boards in a 59-44 home win on Wednesday and followed up with 24 points and 24 rebounds in a 68-57 victory over visiting Scarsdale on Friday. Groll played particularly strong in the first half, helping the Bobcats open up a big halftime lead with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Groll will be a key figure tonight as Byram hosts Fox Lane in a contest that could help determine the league title. The teams meet twice and have had quite the rivalry in recent years. Byram has held the edge, but Fox Lane is formidable this season. Tonight’s game will go a long way in proving just how competitive the Bobcats will be, and Groll is certainly central to that.
Dan’s POTW: Neorck Brown, Peekskill — I’m not a big fan of the term “must-win game” because I feel it is overused, but if there was ever a situation where it applied, it was the Red Devils’ game against Yorktown.
Looking to end a three-game losing streak that it was forced to ponder for 19 days, Peekskill was in dire need of a win.
The Red Devils got a victory and made a statement, winning 85-58 over the Huskers despite playing without two of their starters. Brown proved to be a star, finishing with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Three days later Peekskill showed the win wasn’t a fluke, beating a talented Woodlands’ team 78-68. Once again Brown came up big, finishing with 32 points in the win.
There is no doubting the amount of talent on Peekskill’s team. The question that arises is whether the Red Devils can put it together to capture the Class A sectional title. Brown will play a vital role in how far Peekskill will be able to go. Consistent production from him can only spell good things for Peekskill down the stretch.
For a look at all of this season’s Player of the Week honorees, click on the “POTW/Game Balls” tab on the blog.