Point Boro Boys Basketball on the Road to Success


Jim Rosa

Shane Ryan is pictured taking a shot against Saint John Vianny.

This year’s Point Boro Boys Basketball team is something special and we can see their success in the season so far. With multiple key returners, the boys have been able to keep up with some difficult teams and continue to dominate the court. So far, they have a record of 10-2 and they hope to improve their rankings as they move on to sectionals and states. 

One of Point Boro Basketball’s main scorers, Shane Ryan, became the first player to score triple digit points this season. Along with the most game points, Shane is also ranked with the highest amount of steals for his team. Another senior, Stephen Mellett, currently has the leading number of rebounds while junior Jake Venturoso is another top scorer for Boro. With this impressive lineup, the team has high hopes for the future. The Panthers were upset by Manasquan in a tough game on January 3rd and suffered a loss against Saint Rose by only two points. With these two teams being their toughest competition, it’s impressive to see how Boro kept up with their opponents and played their best. Moving on from these games, the boys seem to be even more motivated than before. Boro and Squan will meet again on January 23rd at home court where hopefully the team’s efforts to “shock the shore” will lead them to victory. 

After talking to senior Stephen Mellett about his last year returning to the court, he said, “this year’s team is special because we are all friends which makes it a lot easier to play on the court.” It is great to see the bond this team has and it’s clear that these friendships are helping them work their way towards success. He went on to explain, “…this seasons been 10-2 through 12 games we’ve been putting the shore on notice and…we keep climbing the rankings every week.” The Panthers being able to play difficult teams in the Shore Conference like Manasquan and St. Rose gives them the opportunity to achieve their goal this season. 

As the boys finish out the rest of the season, we wish them the best of luck with all the support of the Point Boro community.