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Fresh Meadows, NY – It was a tale of two halves in the Archbishop Molloy-St. Francis Prep game on Sunday afternoon, with the Terriers outscoring the opposition, 26-24, in the first half. It was apparent that the Stanners were adjusting to the absence of 7-foot-2 center Moses Brown, who was out for undisclosed reasons.
But that wouldn’t last long. Behind dynamic junior point guard Cole Anthony, the Stanners went into action, posting 46 points in the second half to win 70-49 at St. Francis Prep Gym.
“It’s always hard to play without someone of that caliber, but the team stepped up and got the win,” said Anthony, who scored a contest-high 37 points.
The Stanners (12-11) trailed, 13-9, after the first period. The Terriers held strong in the second quarter and took a two-point lead heading to locker rooms.
However, Anthony poured in eight, and senior guard Orrin Barfield scored four to help Molloy overtake St. Francis Prep, 44-36, at the end of the third period.
For good measures, Cole dropped in 13 more points in the fourth quarter, as he drew anti-chants from the Terrier fans, and praise and love from Molloy supporters who took the trip out to Fresh Meadows, Queens.
A gregarious individual, Cole’s not one to shy away from a little attention and good-natured fun.
“I’m a very social person, and I love to interact with people,” the five-star college recruit said. “I mean, it’s all love, though. It’s all passion.”
Cole’s impressive tilt was hard fought, though, as he sported a visible knot on his forehead from his many voyages to the basket in the lopsided win.
“I feel tremendous. My feet are good, my body’s good. I got a hit in the head a little bit today. I got a nugget on my head,” said the 16-year old phenom, who’s had to battle through injury this season. “But I’m good overall, though.”
As far as the playoffs go, Anthony likes his team’s chances, saying, “I am confident. We have had our ups and downs this season, but I think we are hopefully going to pull it together for the playoffs. I think we’re going to be able to win the city championship.”
The Stanners close out the regular season Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m. at Xaverian High School.