Game Summaries & Headlines.
By Toyloy Brown III ‘18
QUEENS - It was nine months ago inside a packed gymnasium at Fordham University, the Cardinals stunned the Stanners 64-62. As satisfying a win it was for Hayes (after a 27 year drought), it was just as painful a loss for Molloy who were favored to win considering they had two highly ranked players in then junior Moses Brown (17th in ESPN 100) and then sophomore Cole Anthony (6th in ESPN 100).
Now with a year of experience under their belt, Archbishop Molly was more than prepared to demonstrate their dominance. Inside their home court, Molloy fans hungered for revenge and the outcome of this basketball game was no surprise
On a cold, Friday night, Cardinal Hayes (7-3) traveled to Queens for a highly anticipated rematch of last season’s “AA” city championship game versus Archbishop Molloy (4-3).
The tale of the game was spotted early and did not change much throughout the contest. The first plays on offense and defense displayed what the proverbial “bread and butter” game plan for Molloy was going to be. The first score was a smooth mid-range jumper by Cole Anthony, which was then followed up by powerful block by Moses Brown on the defensive end.
Cole ended the night with a game-high 31 points and Brown finished with 22 points, 15 boards, and a whopping 8 blocks. For Cardinal Hayes, the starting line-up was unable to find any semblance of rhythm as evidenced by two early time outs and prompt substitutions. The Hayes backcourt tried to attack the paint, but the behemoth-like stature of Moses Brown made it nearly impossible for any shots to get near the rim.
The early portion of the second quarter was the closest Hayes came to making the game competitive. Senior Terrence “Spark Plug” Reaves displayed his signature leaping ability by making a terrific tip-in near Brown as the first basket of the quarter. After a couple of two-point baskets by the Cardinals’ freshman Jalen Murray and senior Tyrese Williams, Hayes was only down 26-18 before the halfway mark of the quarter.
Molloy did not allow the temporary lapse to completely disrupt their rhythm. They regained momentum after two consecutive three-pointers from their role players. Their interior defense also picked up which led to poor shot selection for Cardinals. From that moment on, the Cardinals never came within single digits and never had the lead at any point throughout the entire game.
Although the score was lopsided and Hayes was still down by 20, the Hayesmen on the court did not show any less effort in the fourth quarter. Tyrese Williams, in particular, scored 12 points in the quarter to go along with his total of 27. The Cardinals, as a whole, outscored the Stanners 21-14 in the final period. After the game, Coach Lods spoke about the presence of Moses Brown and Hayes’ competitiveness even with the game out of reach.
“It’s hard when they have the big kid in the middle. He doesn’t make things any easier. There’s nothing I can draw that equals 7-feet tall. I liked the fact that we competed to the end. Certain guys showed a lot of heart today. You learn a lot more from losses then you do from victories. We’ll watch the tape and we’ll learn for next week. We’ll regroup.”
Personally, I have faith that this team will regroup. It is not common for Hayes to play poorly in consecutive games. Just as Archbishop Molloy was extremely motivated after a disappointing defeat last season, the Cardinals are equally ready to play Molloy again when playoffs come around.
However, as they turn the page from this disappointing loss, the Cardinals must win their next game against All Hallows. For the record, All Hallows actually beat Molloy before facing Hayes in this “AA” championship rematch in Queens that didn’t go according to plan.