Klingsberg's Effort Offsets Smith's 25 Points

Reporter Brian Towey was in Briarwood, New York to watch Archbishop Molloy High School battle Holy Cross High School in a New York City Catholic League matchup ...

Briarwood, N.Y. -- Senior guard Eric Klingsberg hit four free throws in the final 23 seconds and Holy Cross rallied from a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Archbishop Molloy 75-70 in the final regular season game for both teams on Friday night.

The two teams will meet again on Monday night in the first round of the CHSAA Brooklyn-Queens Diocesan championship at Christ the King High School in Queens. Molloy appeared to be in control early in the fourth quarter when senior forward Jin Hong put the Stanners up 58-49 with his driving layup with 6:48 to play.

However, Holy Cross (11-13, 5-8 CHSAA AA) swiftly responded with a 10-0 run, fueled by 3's from Bryant Fidele and Joe Monahan and a pair of baskets by Evan Conti. Cross took a 59-58 lead with 3:24 to play.

After Molloy (14-8, 6-7 CHSAA AA) regained the lead and a pair of ties, Cross used its perimeter and foul shooting to pin down the win.

Russell Smith pulled Molloy to within 71-70 with his three free throws with 19 seconds left, but Klingsberg and Conti converted a pair of free throw trips to close out the game.

6-foot-7 sophomore post Marcus Hopper led Cross with 21 points, including three 3-pointers. Klingsberg scored 19 points (6-for-8 on free throws), while the senior guard Monahan added 15, including four 3-pointers.

Russell Smith led Molloy with 25 points (7-for-8 on free throws), including nine straight during one stretch in the third quarter.

The 6-6 Hong tallied 17 points and was active on the glass and as a shotblocker. The senior guard Ryan Dillon added 12 points, all on 3-pointers.

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