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. 27-Feb. 2) make sure to let us know.
Dan and I will have our five picks for the Games of the Week tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Mount Vernon plays New Ro and White Plains, R.J. Martinez and Mahopac return to Carmel and the coaches association hosts a solid slate of games on Saturday at Beacon. Plenty of goodies to choose from.
First, here’s a look at last week’s best individual performances:
Josh’s POTW: R.J. Martinez, Mahopac — The senior guard had an emotional week, but that didn’t prevent him from filling it up in league games against Putnam County foes Brewster and Carmel.
Martinez averaged 22.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals to lead Mahopac to victories of 22 and 17 points, respectively. He had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in a 64-42 win at Brewster Wednesday. Martinez followed that up by playing Carmel on Saturday.
Of course, Martinez transferred to from Carmel to Mahopac in the offseason, but he allowed the emotions of a raucous home crowd and the importance of the game to help him focus. He poured in 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists in the 68-51 victory. Mahopac blew the game open in the second half after leading by just one at the break.
Dan’s POTW: Kevin Degnan, Pearl River —
Thursday’s game between Tappan Zee and Pearl River seemed like an easy pick for me.
The Dutchies were one of the most consistent teams in Rockland entering the game, dropping losses only to Clarkstown South and Spring Valley, the top two teams in the county.
Pearl River, on the other hand, had a string of let downs that had me questioning how far the Pirates could actually go.
That all changed after Pearl River’s dominating 60-37 win. Degnan played a major role in helping the Pirates end a five-game losing streak to their rivals. The Fairfield-bound senior had 22 points, seven rebounds and six blocks in the win.
To further prove my earlier assumptions on the Pirates were wrong, Pearl River showed consistency by beating Rye Neck 64-60 on Saturday. Once again, Degnan came up big, finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
What stood out to me most was what Degnan said after the win against Tappan Zee.
“I tell them before every game that we have a chance at winning it all,” Degnan said.
With confidence like that, why couldn’t a gold ball be in Pearl River’s future?
For a look at all of this season’s Player of the Week honorees, click on the “POTW/Game Balls” tab on the blog.