Council, Robinson earn Private-Parochial Player of the Year honors

UPrep’s Melvin Council, Jr. (Photo: SUE KANE) and C.G. Finney’s Markus Robinson (Photo: RON KALASINKAS) were named Private-Parochial Players of the Year.

By JOHN LIKANJE

Melvin Council, Jr. and Markus Robinson both led their respective divisions in scoring. Council lifted UPrep to its second sectional title in program history and first in seven years. Robinson was Section V’s leading scorer this season.

The freshman and senior guard were named the Players of the Year as announced by the Private/Parochial League.

Council averaged 25.2 points per game to earn division one honors. The senior guard netted 20 or more points in 18 games, including a season-high 35 on December 27th against Leadership Academy. It was Council’s third straight 30-point game at the time as well. For the season, the 6-foot-3 guard eclipsed the 30-point plateau five times. Council completed his three-year varsity career with 1,077 points.

Teammates Na’Zea Fowlks and Kayshawn Ross joined Council on the Division I All-League team. Aquinas’s leading scorers, Myles Blackwood and Wesley Henderson, earned all-league honors. Michael Gentile, Miles Monchecourt and Miles Rose made the Division I All-League Team for Bishop Kearney. Northstar Christian’s leading scorers, Ryan Garwood, Andrew Newcombe and Sean Smith, earned all-league honors. Quanmay Early and Rashawn Williams rounded out the list of the Division I All-League Team for Vertus.

Top (l-r): Myles Blackwood, Michael Gentile and Markus Robinson. Middle: Jaquis Robinson grabs a rebound as Emmanuel Graham looks on. Quanmay Early goes to the basket. Bottom (l-r): Sean Smith drives to the hoop. Gerard Marchand and Kyle Madigan listen to head coach Dan Finucane. (Photo contributions: JOE BRADT, RON KALASINKAS and SUE KANE)

Robinson was Section V’s leading scorer with 957 points (43.5 points per game) and named Division II Player of the Year. The freshman guard lit up the scoreboard, netting 30 or more points 19 times, 40-plus points 15 times and 50-plus points eight times. On January seventh, Robinson became the fifth player in Section V Boys’ Basketball history to score 60 points in a game as he exploded for 65 against Rochester Prep. The 6-foot guard has 1,576 career varsity points.

Teammate Cairo Vargas joined Robinson on the Division II All-League Team. Kyle Madigan and Gerard Marchand earned All-League honors for Chesterton Academy. Rochester Prep’s Emmanuel Graham and Jaquis Robinson made the Division II All-League Team. Jaymine Bermudez and Antoine McFadden earned All-League honors for Eugenio Maria. Jimmies Clark (Destiny), John Gretzinger (Lima Christian) and Albert Tomlin (Rochester Academy) rounded out the list of the Division II All-League Team.

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