Dan and I will each pick a Player of the Week from the previous week of games every week this season. Of course, this is the final week of the regular season in Section 1, so if something catches your eye this week (Feb. 3-9) make sure to let us know.
Check back later today to see our picks for the Games of the Week.
First, here’s a look at last week’s best individual performances:
Josh’s POTW: Luis Cartagena, Yorktown —
In the last 10 days, Cartagena has given the Huskers a clear spark and helped lead them to three straight wins, averaging 25.3 ppg in the process.
Yorktown has needed him. Its wins over Hastings, Lakeland and Peekskill were all decided by three points, but the Huskers won all three. Last week, Cartagena had 19 points to help them beat Lakeland, but the sophomore guard played the best game of his young career on Friday night. He burned Peekskill for 31 points and 10 rebounds in a 59-56 victory that came 22 days after his team lost by 27 points to the Red Devils.
Cartagena’s stellar play was exactly what Yorktown needed. If he plays just average, the Huskers’ three-game win streak could easily have been an 0-3 stretch.
Dan’s POTW: Joe Zayer, Clarkstown South —
While the POTW award might be a compilation of what a player has done over the course of an entire week, this week’s winner proved he was more than deserving over the course of just 24 hours.
Zayer played pivotal roles in the Vikings’ wins at Spring Valley and Beacon on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The senior guard had 19 points despite being in foul trouble the majority of the night. More importantly, though, Zayer hit the game winner with nine seconds left to get redemption for Clarkstown South’s lone loss of the season and hand the Tigers their first loss to a Section 1 opponent.
It would be easy, hypothetically, for Clarkstown South to have a bit of a letdown the following day at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic as they took on the host school, Beacon.
The Vikings overcame a 12-point deficit to beat the Bulldogs 77-73. Zayer took home MVP honors as he finished with 24 points and five rebounds.
For a look at all of this season’s Player of the Week honorees, click on the “POTW/Game Balls” tab on the blog.