Analysis: Freshmen Guards Impress at JSBL

BELMAR, N.J. — There is no question that the Rutgers contingent in the Jersey Shore Basketball League is massively improved since play started last month. With a 118-110 win last night, the Gutter Cleaners improve to 5-4 after starting off 0-3. brings you in-depth analysis of last night's win.

BELMAR, N.J. — With the game clearly decided in the final seconds, Jerome Seagears lazily lobbed a ball up in front of an open basket and Elijah Carter pulled it down for an alley-oop dunk to finish with 40 points.

Carter, one of three incoming-freshman guards for the Rutgers basketball team this season, went off in a 118-110 victory last night in the Jersey Shore Basketball League.

The newcomer from Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) could not be stopped at St. Rose High School, scoring 16 points in the third quarter when the Gutter Cleaners needed them most.

The team dug itself into a hole with a multitude of sloppy, half-court sets and fell behind by seven points before Carter turned up the head and led the Cleaners to victory.

Carter was not the only incoming-freshman guard that stood out. Energetic guard play was the key to victory on the path to their first winning record since the league started.

Seagears and Myles Mack turned up the tempo and dominated when playing at a quicker pace. Only when T&T Coast forced them to slow the tempo, did the mistakes occur with sloppy interior passes, offensive fouls and traveling violations.

Carter, Seagears and Mack showed they have good instincts, but all had instances of over-thinking plays and lacked precision when playing at an uncomfortable pace.

Here's an individual look at how all nine Rutgers players fared in the 118-110 victory. The Rutgers contingent continues tomorrow night at 7:15 for the final regular-season game. The playoffs begin Monday.


Elijah Carter: 40 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists — Carter had few flaws in his 40-point performance. When controlling the tempo, he kept things quick enough that mistakes were minimal and always seemed to find an open lane to the basket. Carter moved well without the ball, displayed a crisp jump shot and made every key basket in the game.

Myles Mack: 21 points, 8 assists, 2 rebounds — In nine JSBL contests, this was Mack's best performance as a point guard. His head was in the game on every possession. He limited his mistakes. He kept the game moving, found open players and was not afraid to knock down long shots when he had space.

Jerome Seagears: 18 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds — Seagears also turned in one of his best games. He may be the most complete of the incoming-freshman guards in terms of his skill-set. Seagears played limited point guard because of Carter's and Mack's hot hands, but still found ways to get his hands on the ball and make things happen.

Austin Johnson: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists — At times, Johnson shows that he may be the best post player in the JSBL. He can get past most defenders to put the ball in the basket. He rebounds well and is confident. At other times, Johnson is just another guy. For most of last night, Johnson was just another guy, but the lights came on a handful of times and the rising junior did a good job of creating open, high-percentage shots.

Wally Judge: 10 points, 10 rebounds — Judge is frustrating to watch. He is clearly the most athletic big man on the floor, but still manages to be a non-factor for long stretches. Judge flies around the basket with a high motor, but frequently botches easy plays with over-effort. Judge missed two dunks and a few easy put-backs.


Austin Carroll 3 points, 2 rebounds — Carroll continues to try to get involved after missing the first half of the season with a nagging injury.

Malick Kone 5 points, 4 rebounds — Kone hustles, but sometimes over-hustles. He had a poor first-half stretch of travels and fouls that severely limited his second-half play.

Derrick Randall 5 points, 5 rebounds — A quicker tempo limited Randall's opportunities in last night's game.

Greg Lewis 4 points, 9 rebounds — The least developed of Rutgers' seven incoming freshmen, Lewis put in valuable time off the bench. He was the best offensive rebounder on the floor, but needed an instant bailout from a teammate after coming down with the ball or he'd turn it over.

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