North Jersey Interscholastic Conference

Boys Basketball Players of the Week

Tarik Bicic, Rutherford, Jr.

Bicic stuffs the stat sheet and he’s a big reason why Rutherford is off to such a great start. The junior is averaging 15 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.5 blocks per game. Bicic came up with 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and three steals in a one-point win over Glen Rock last week. He also had 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals against Clifron. The junior can do it all for Rutherford.

Evan Burns, Park Ridge, Sr.

The Owls picked up their first win of the season, beating New Milford 55-52 on a buzzer-beater. Burns hit the game-winning shot and finished that night with 23 points and nine rebounds. The senior has been playing well for Park Ridge all season, but that was his biggest shot this winter.

Luke Gaccione, St. Mary (Ruth.), So.

The sophomore averaged 19 points per game last week for his team, starting with a 19-point effort in a win over Pompton Lakes. St. Mary (Ruth.) came up short the next time out against Paterson Charter, but Gaccione did his best to keep it close with another 19-point game.

Asim Jones, Paterson Charter, Sr.

Jones has been a star at Paterson Charter ever since he transferred into the program last winter. The senior is the leader of a team that has not lost yet in the last two years. Jones averaged 22.5 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals per game in two wins last week. Paterson Charter is off to a 7-0 start after finishing 11-0 a season ago.

Jordan Vega, Wallington, Sr.

The senior dropped one of the highest single-game totals of the season last week when he stepped up with 40 points in a 68-64 win over Wood-Ridge. Vega followed that up with a 27-point performance in a close loss to Cliffside Park. The senior is averaging 26.5 points per game overall this winter for Wallington.

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