Stanners Stopped By Boys & Girls

Reporter Mike Sullivan details the game between Molloy and Boys & Girls High School at the Big Apple Challenge ...

There was a time that Archbishop Molloy was a basketball program that many tried to emulate. The Stanners were well-skilled in setting up backdoor screens, freeing their shooters for baseline jumpers, utlizing the pass more than pounding the ball into the hardwood to make a play.

"Those days are long gone," said one long-time basketball scout at the recent Big Apple Classic.

Indeed. The Stanners did their best in trying to stay with a deep and very talented Boys & Girls basketball team. But the strength upfront by Boys & Girls was too much for the smaller and less physical Molloy team. And the days of Molloy thumping a team with screens and picks were just a distant memory for the alumni in the stands, including myself.

Clayton Sterling's 15 points and Wayne Allison's 13 points propelled Boys & Girls to a 66-57 victory over Molloy in a game played at Baruch College in New York City. It was the only win by a PSAL team in the two-day challenge between the Public schools and the Catholic schools.

Molloy did have a 12-11 edge after the first quarter but trailed 31-26 at the half as the quickness and fiesty Boys & Girls team rammed several putbacks inside the interior of the Molloy defense.

Still the Stanners held tough for their legendary head coach Jack Curran. They trailed 42-39 heading into the fourth quarter. However, poor ballhandling and decision making cost Molloy in the fourth. Boys & Girls just had too much strength for the Stanners inside the paint.

Rocco Rubino led Molloy with 14 points, but many of his baskets came late in the contest when the game was decided. Russell Smith, a promising sophomore for Molloy, had 10 points while Lionel Hilaire added eight points.

Kendall Cutler chipped in with nine points for the winners while Kevin Mills also had nine. Malik Jenkins rounded out the balanced attack with eight points for Ruth Lovelace's Boys & Girls' talented basketball team.

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