Manasquan endures COVID heartache to finish with perfect season

Andrew Solomon’s game-winning layup with 1.4 seconds in overtime was the fitting end to Manasquan’s 12-0 season. COVID affected the Warriors unlike any other basketball program. JSZ goes beyond the score to tell the inspirational story of a team that came together in the face of adversity.

The Manasquan boys basketball team faced all sorts of adversity on the court during their perfect 12-0 season in 2021 but it pales in comparison to what the Warriors had to deal with away from the hardwood.

Following the Warriors opening game win against Saint Rose, the boys basketball team was shut down due to COVID. During that time, head coach Andrew Bilodeau tested positive for coronavirus and on Feb. 9 the father of Andrew and Matt Solomon passed away due to COVID. Less than a week later, the brothers took to the court with their teammates and continued their shortened season. Bilodeau returned to the team as well but was forced to miss ‘Squan’s final seven games due to health concerns effected by COVID.

With Marlboro and Manasquan tied at 56 in the Shore Conference final in overtime, Ben Roy dished to an open Andrew Solomon for the game winning layup in a 58-56 win. The Warriors made the most of their 12-game season scoring wins over Non-Public ranked teams Montclair Immaculate, Don Bosco Prep, Trenton Catholic along with Prep School Life Center Academy.

JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story of how Manasquan came together during a season that was one of the most difficult for high school athletes to endure.

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