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Anthony Returns; Molloy tops Loughlin 89-69

With standout guard Cole Anthony returning from an injury, Archbishop Molloy's offense was firing on all cylinders on Sunday, as the Stanners cruised to an 89-69 win over Bishop Loughlin.

After suffering a setback at Holy Cross on Friday night, Molloy got strong performances not only from Anthony, but from McDonald's All-American Moses Brown, Georgia Tech commit Khalid Moore and junior Daniel Braster.

The Stanners were sharp offensively from the opening tip, putting up 28 points in the opening quarter, while holding Bishop Loughlin to just 10. 

Molloy's lead swelled to 41-21 after a Braster 3-pointer, but Justin and Julian Champangie of Bishop Loughlin prevented the game from turning into a laugher, as the Lions would outscore Molloy 23-21 in the second frame to make it 49-33 at the break.

The Stanners turned it up a notch in the third, as Anthony brought the crowd to its feet with a spectacular one-handed dunk and Brown put Molloy ahead 68-46 on a run-out slam off a Loughlin turnover.

Another dunk by Brown off an Anthony assist gave Molloy a 30 point lead at 87-57, prompting a timout by Head Coach Mike McCleary, who inserted his reserves to play the last three minutes.

The win gives the Stanners a 6-2 record in CHSAA B/Q Diocesan standings, a half game behind Christ the King, who improved to 7-2 after a 79-41 win over Xaverian earlier on Sunday.

Molloy will host CHSAA NY Archdiocese leader Iona Prep on Tuesday. The Gaels are 9-1 in CHSAA league play and 13-3 overall after a lopsided 52-23 win over Albany Academy at the Empire Invitational on Sunday.

Bishop Loughlin is now 3-6 in CHSAA league play and 5-12 overall. The Lions will travel to Bay Ridge on Friday night to take on Xaverian.

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