Shane Gibson from Sacred Heart has earned StatSheet's NEC Player of the Week award for January 21st. Central Connecticut State's Brandon Peel has won StatSheet NEC Freshman of the Week. And finally, Bryant's Joe O`Shea has won StatSheet's NEC 6th Man of the Week. Gibson had huge numbers in shooting (50%), rebounding (5.5 per game), and three pointers (3 per game). The Sacred Heart senior played well in a win versus St. Francis (PA) and a loss to Robert Morris.
Gibson topped all scoring and rebounding for the Pioneers with 27 points and 6 rebounds in a 66-62 loss to Robert Morris. He followed that up with a team-leading 23 points plus an additional 5 rebounds in a narrow 75-72 victory against St. Francis (PA).
This is the second StatSheet NEC Player of the Week honor for Shane Gibson. The runner-up this week is senior Jamal Olasewere from Long Island. Honorable mention goes to junior Alex Francis from Bryant. The highest ranking player from Quinnipiac was Ike Azotam who finished seventh.
StatSheet NEC Freshman of the Week: Central Connecticut State's Brandon Peel
Brandon Peel averaged 35 minutes of playing time starting both games for Central Connecticut State. He led all NEC freshmen in both rebounding (9.5 per game) and blocked shots (1.5 per game). In a 73-66 win over Wagner, Peel led all rebounding for the Blue Devils with 8 and also pitched in 3 blocked shots. In an 80-75 loss to Mount St. Mary's, he led rebounding with 11 and added 3 assists.
This marks the second time this season that Brandon Peel has won the StatSheet NEC Freshman of the Week. The runner-up is De`Aires Tate from Sacred Heart. Honorable mention goes to Christian White from Monmouth.
StatSheet NEC 6th Man of the Week: Bryant's Joe O`Shea
Joe O`Shea, a 6-4 Sophomore guard, played an average of 26 minutes over two games for the Bulldogs. In a close 79-78 win over Mount St. Mary's, O`Shea put up 4 assists and 60% shooting. After that, in a strong 82-59 win over Wagner, he racked up 12 points and 2 rebounds.
This is the second StatSheet NEC 6th Man of the Week honor for Joe O`Shea. Sam Prescott, a junior guard from Mount St. Mary's, is runner up. Our own Ousmane Drame receives honorable mention. Quinnipiac players have not yet been named StatSheet NEC Player of the Week this season.
Tags: Ike Azotam
- Scoring: Kyle Vinales, Central Connecticut State: 25 PPG
- Rebounding: Earl Brown, St. Francis (PA): 16.5 RPG
- Assists: Phil Gaetano, Sacred Heart: 8 APG
- Blocked Shots: Jamal Olasewere, Long Island: 2.5 BPG
- Free Throws: Russell Johnson, Robert Morris: 7 PPG
- Three Pointers: Ben Mockford, St. Francis (NY): 4 TPG
- Steals: Mario Moody, Wagner: 3 SPG
, Ousmane Drame