By Jerry Del Priore
Briarwood, NY: Archbishop Molloy’s Cole Anthony, son of former NBAer Greg Anthony, drained a game-high 35 points. But it wasn’t enough as Christ the King sophomore guard Quaran McPherson drilled a three-pointer from the right side of the court that gave the visiting squad an electrifying, last-second 61-58 victory over the Stanners Friday night in a CHSAA game.
Prior to the thrilling, game-winning basket, Anthony looked to have possession of the ball after a mad scramble on the floor. He motioned for a timeout with approximately 11 seconds left on the game clock and the score knotted at 58 all.
But the referees denied the team the ball and awarded the rock to the Royals, without an explanation.
While the call seemed questionable to many in attendance, in which Molloy came out on the negative side, head coach Mike McCleary said it was poor execution that led to the Stanners’ ultimate downfall, not the refs.
“It was ridiculous, it was absurd. We called it (timeout), everybody called it. It was absolutely ridiculous it wasn’t given (to us),” McCleary said of the call. “But we had our chances to win. Frankly, it was missed foul shots, missed opportunities, and open three-point shots that we gave up that cost us. But they made shots, we didn’t. But Frankly, calls don’t win or lose games. We lost the game. We didn’t make enough winning plays.”
Sophomore Ryan Myers led Christ the King with 14 points while Tavin Pierre-Philippe chipped in with 13. The twin towers, comprised of two six-foot-11-inch players, Moussa Cissa and junior Kofi Cockburn, enjoyed impressive performances, recording nine points, eight rebounds, six blocks and two steals and 10 points and 10 boards, respectively, in the win.