Smith Sparks Archbishop Molloy To Big Victory

Molloy upends Bloomfield Tech at an event in Brooklyn, New York ...

Long time Molloy assistant coach Mike McCleary was asked bluntly: "Does Molloy always play nail biters?"

He replied: "That's what happens when you're young. You look great at times and then very shaky."

This sums up the Archbishop Molloy program. The roster features eight juniors and one sophomore. They are an exciting team but one that is prone to have big spurts and some tough periods of time.

Yesterday, Russell Smith, the 6-foot junior guard from Molloy, carried the team on his slight shoulders in the Stanners 72-64 victory over Bloomfield Tech of New Jersey.

Smith scored 36 points, dazzling the crowd with his nifty moves to the basket.

Bloomfield tech cut the Molloy lead 50-39 at the end of the third quarter to 52–48 with three steals to open up the fourth quarter.

R.J. Hall, a 5-foot-9 guard who is committed to Florida Atlantic and Todd Fleming, a 6-foot-3 forward, fueled the comeback.

Hall had 10 of his team's 14 points in the first three minutes of the 4th, on utlizing the three ball and hitting on drives to the rim.

Hall finished the game with 17 points. But it was too much Smith for Bloomfield Tech as he dropped in four clutch free throws in the final minute.

Molloy will play the final against Adelphi Academy.

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