Marcus Burnett (22) and Jaquan Carlos (19) combined for 41 points and nine 3-pointers, as Thomas Jefferson cruised to a 74-45 win over Archbishop Molloy at the Apparel Challenge in Queens on Sunday.
With standout Cole Anthony sidelined with an injury, Molloy struggled to defend the perimeter, as Jefferson unleashed a relentless attack from beyond the arc, connecting on an eye-popping 16 3-pointers in the game.
After taking a 37-20 lead at the half, Jefferson's lead swelled to 40-20 on a 3-pointer by Carlos with 6:25 to play in the third, and the Orange Wave coasted the rest of the way, holding the Stanners to a season-low 45 points.
Jefferson's defense kept Molloy out of synch throughout the game. In addition to a general lack of flow, Molloy yielded possession on uncharacteristic turnovers, including numerous traveling violations.
Although Moses Brown scored a game-high 24 points for the Stanners, Jefferson challenged Brown's position in the paint, forcing him to go over-the-back and racking up fouls in the process.
The lopsided nature of this game shows just how valuable Anthony is to Molloy. Not only were the Stanners a bit lost on offense, but they simply could not defend on the perimeter.
Anthony's absence notwithstanding, Jefferson played a nearly flawless game on offense and defense. The Orange Wave showed why they are the only team in the PSAL's Brooklyn AA Division that remains unbeaten in league play (6-0).
Burnett and Carlos can shoot. In addition to connecting for a combined nine 3-pointers in the game, they went a combined 10-11 from the stripe, with Carlos going a perfect 7-7.