2015 Boardwalk Showcase Top Performers

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The Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase featured five games on Saturday and featured some of the best competition in the Shore. We saw some teams come alive and make some big statement wins and also saw a number of players step up and put on some big time performances in front of a big crowd. Here are the best of the best from Saturday.

Top Players

Brendan Barry | 2016 | Rumson Fair Haven
It was a record setting day for Brendan Barry on Saturday. The junior was all anyone could talk about when Rumson took on Point Beach. The junior played complete game, stuffing the stat sheet with assists, rebounds, steals and of course, points. Brendan went off for 32 points on Saturday; not only was that enough to give him MVP honors, but it also set a record for most points in a Boardwalk Showcase game. The previous record of 30, held by Corey Stokes, stood for nine years before it was broken on Saturday. Definitely a memorable night for Brendan and one that will go down in the record books.

Dan Largey | 2015 | Shore Regional
Largey was impressive today as he was the center piece of Shore’s offense. The 6’5 senior started his day knocking down a three off a baseline out of bounds play and only got better from there. He posted up and made strong moves with his back to the basket and also drove the ball hard to the rim, often times finishing through some contact. He was the easy choice for game MVP, finishing with 25 points.

Jason Dunne | 2015 | Matawan
Despite a loss to Manasquan on Saturday, Jason Dunne had a memorable night for Matawan. Late in the third quarter, Dunne hit a three and a time out was immediately called to honor Jason for his 1,000th career points. Dunne came out of the time out and sunk a deep three to give Matawan a lead going into the fourth quarter. Dunne showed why he is one of the top players in the Shore and why Hartford opted to give him a scholarship, finishing with 16 points while facing constant double teams the entire night.

Jason Dunne's 16 points were not enough to take down Manasquan on Saturday. Dunne did reach a personal milestone of 1,000 career points, however.

Jason Dunne’s 16 points were not enough to take down Manasquan on Saturday. Dunne did reach a personal milestone of 1,000 career points, however.

Amir Tyler | 6’0 | Lakewood
Amir Tyler is a 6’0 and a very strong guard. He saw a lot of success once he got himself into the paint. He muscled through some of Neptune’s smaller guards and was not phased by contact, completing several and-ones. Tyler is very good using the hop step to navigate himself through the paint and then finishes strong at the rim.

Taurean Thompson | 2016 | St. Anthony’s
It was another day in the office for the the Friars of St. Anthony’s on Saturday as they topped CBA. Taurean was a bright spot for St. Anthony’s from the start, providing the Friars with offense when his teammates had trouble finding the bucket. In what ended up being a balanced scoring effort, Thompson led the charge with a 13 point performance. He was probably the most exciting player to watch Saturday however, throwing down several crowd pleasing dunks.

Taurean Thompson goes up for one of his two dunks on the day in front of a sold out crowd at Long Branch.

Taurean Thompson goes up for one of his two dunks on the day in front of a sold out crowd at Long Branch.

Pat Andree | 2015 | CBA
In CBA’s loss to St. Anthony’s on Saturday, Pat Andree was a big bright spot for the Colts. As stifling as the Friar’s defense was on Saturday, they had no answer for Andree, who finished with a game high 17 points. Andree did most of his damage from the outside; he finished the game with four three pointers. He also held his own on the boards against a St. Anthony’s team that has players 6’9, 6’8, 6’8 and 6’7.

Barry Brown was clutch in the second half for Neptune. (Photo via Asbury Park Press)

Barry Brown was clutch in the second half for Neptune. (Photo via Asbury Park Press)

Barry Brown | 2017 | Neptune
Brown has great shooting ability from the outside. He knocked down two three pointers in the first half and showed how much damage he can do if he’s left open. Brown’s biggest contributions came in the second half, when he calmly knocked down big shots for Neptune as they tried to hold off a pesky Lakewood team. Every time Lakewood tried to make a run, Brown made a play and shot down the Piners’ momentum. The sophomore guard finished with a game high 18 points and took home the game MVP honors.

Luke O’Shaughnessy | 2015 | Manasquan
Luke is a type of player every team hopes to have on their roster. As a senior for Manasquan, O’Shaughnessy is a tough, hard nosed player. He plays the game with a chip on his shoulder, and it’s most evident when he’s driving to the hoop. He puts his head down and drives hard and he can finish through contact for three point plays. O’Shaughnessy finished with 15 points Saturday, and Manasquan needed every single one of them to beat Matawan.

See more recaps from the other media outlets in attendance:
Asbury Park Press
Shore Sports Network
Shore Sports Zone (Video)

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