Johnson's Effort Points Help Beat Molloy

Reporter Brian Towey was in Middle Village, Queens to watch a Catholic League battle between Christ The King High School and Archbishop Molloy ... Sean Johnson again was a big part of the result for the Royals ...

Middle Village, N.Y. -- Sean Johnson's shooting night against Molloy on Friday was forgettable. His overall effort was not.

Johnson scored 24 points with 10 rebounds to lead Christ the King to a 76-61 win over Molloy, compensating for an errant jumpshot with plenty of oomph.

"That was Sean's worst shooting game of the year," said Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello. "He just doesn't stop playing no matter what happens in the basketball game. The guy next to him could get shot, and he'd keep playing. I've never seen anything like it."

Johnson collected a slew of effort points and shot 9-for-15 from the foul line to help King weather a 30-point effort by Molloy guard Russell Smith.

Smith was at times a one-man gang for the Stanners. Smith converted three steals into baskets in the final 1:24 of the first half, helping Molloy close to within 35-28 at the break. He later caught fire in the third quarter, hitting a succession of runners and floaters to keep the Stanners within striking distance.

LeBrandon Smith's free throw with 6:47 to play pulled Molloy (8-4, 2-2 CHSAA AA) to within 57-54, but they came no closer.

"I just wanted to get my team back into it," said Smith of his second-half spurt. "Tonight we needed (strong play) to stay in it, we just didn't rebound well. Every time we lose a game it comes down to (rebounding)."

Junior Maurice Barrow and 6-foot-7 senior Dominykas Milkas led the rebounding effort for Christ the King (13-2, 5-1 CHSAA AA). Barrow (13 rebounds) was dominant on the offensive glass, while the center Milkas gave the Royals some scoring punch in the post with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

"Barrow and Milkas were outstanding for us," said Arbitello. "Dom (Milkas) is our most consistent player. He's good for 10 (points) and 10 (rebounds) every game."

Senior guard Marion Smith added 15 points for King.

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