Basketball club honors players

by Marc Narducci | Apr 22, 2021
Basketball club honors players The Carino Boys' Basketball Club of South Jersey, does a great job promoting the sport but this year due to the pandemic, this year there were no All-South Jersey teams or college players of the year awarded.

The club did honor several players, both during the season and with some end of the year awards.

Here were some of the award winners for the condensed NJSIAA season that included just 15 games and no playoffs.

Leading scorer: Austin Green, a 6-7 forward from Timber Creek averaged 26.4 points per game. He scored 396 points and was not only the top scorer in South Jersey but No. 6 statewide. Green also averaged 14.9 rebounds for the Chargers, who finished with a 13-2 record

Coach of the year: Scott McCracken, Wildwood. After losign their season opener to Penns Grove, the Warriors then won their final 14 games, including a 67-58 win against Overbrook in the Tri-County Conference Tournament Bracket A championship.

Team of the year: This was no surprise, Camden High. The Panthers were the top team not only in South Jersey but in the state for the second straight year. Sophomore DJ Wagner, among the top players in the country, averaged 22 points. The Panthers finished 13-0 and have now won 38 consecutive games under Rick Brunsonm who completed his second season as head coach.

Suburban school award: This went to Paul VI, which finished 12-3 and ended strong with victories over Trenton Catholic, Don Bosco Prep and Lenape. The three losses were to top South Jersey teams, Camden, Camden Catholic and Cherokee. Coach Tony Devlin's team was led in scoring by 6-3 senior Wisler Sanon, who averaged 18.2 points per game.

Most courageous: Riley Janora-Koch, Lenape. The 6-1 senior was born without a left arm, but was a varsity performer who hit a three-pointer this year in a game against Seneca.

Scholar athlete - Jake Eaton, Williamstown. He had a GPA of 96.74. Eaton was a two-sport athlete, who also played football for the Braves.

President’s Award for service to South Jersey Basketball: Mike Horrey, a basketball official, who has done extensive work helping with the Carino Club website (carinobasketballclub.org).

The awards for free throw accuracy and three-point shooting accuracy both went to Triton junior swingman Bobby Beacher. He hit 32 of 34 free throws and also made 50 three-pointers. For the season he averaged 19.4 points and 6.3 rebounds.

The Carino Club honored players of the week during the course of the season. Here are the players who were honored

Cape Atlantic League: Owen Mauriello, Hammonton; JJ Germann, Egg Harbor Township; Matt Delaney, St. Augustine; Marcus Pierce, St. Joseph Academy; Gannon Brady, Ocean City; Noel Gonzalez, Pleasantville.

Colonial Conference: Justin Kasko, Haddonfield; Ellison Reed, Audubon; Antoine Arnett, Sterling; Brendan Mulligan, Haddon Township; Eric Campbell, Lindenwold; Javon Soloman, Woodbury

Tri-County Conference: Arthur Stone, Kingsway; Damian Rawls, Overbrook; Jason Pino, Gloucester; Austin Green, Timber Creek; Seamus Fines, Wildwood; Zach Wygand, Woodstown

Olympic Conference: Drew Amos, Washington Township; Ethan Stith, Cherokee; Wisler Sanon, Paul VI; Zach Hicks, Camden Catholic; Zubair Lee, Eastern; Jerome Brewer, Camden

Burlington County Scholastic League: Justin Milligan, Maple Shade; Shawn Congleton, Doane Academy; Jordon Dotson, Burlington Township; Cameron Downs, Pemberton; Stefano Faloppa, Holy Cross Academy; Logan Jagodizinski, Moorestown.

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