Rather than brag, Markquis Nowell was content to let his game do the talking after leading Bishop Loughlin to a victory over Thomas Jefferson in a non-league battle of two Brooklyn teams.
"Yeah there's kind of bragging rights," Nowell said following the win, "but I don't really brag that much, I'm a really humble kid."
Though he's mild-mannered off the court, Nowell showed his aggressive side in between the lines. He was crucial to the Lions dominating the Orange Wave, 94-77, at Christ the King High School on Sunday. The junior put up 24 points and drained four three-pointers in the contest.
Bishop Loughlin (9-2), ranked No. 5 in New York City by News 12 Varsity, found itself in a 9-9 tie after the first quarter. During the second frame, the Lions began to distance themselves, scoring six unanswered points to kick it off and going on a 17-4 run through the first few minutes of the quarter.
Nowell scored seven of his points during the run and dropped 15 in the second stanza -- nine of which came off of threes.
"I was just trying to be aggressive the whole first half and the whole game," Nowell said. "When you come out with the mindset to be aggressive, good things happen."
Loughlin took a 43-30 lead into the half and Thomas Jefferson (5-4) was unable to stop the bleeding after the break. The Lions dominated play, which provided coach Edwin Gonzalez the luxury of benching some of his star players and giving more minutes to others.
"I can go 10 [deep]," Gonzalez said about his bench. "I can go a solid 10 and even more than that. ... They believe in me, and I believe in every single one of them."
Keith Williams also played a pivotal role in the win, scoring 16 points. After spending time on the bench due to getting into foul trouble, the senior eventually returned to the game with a vengeance, dunking the ball with authority.
"I was on the bench for a little while because I picked up my third foul," Williams said. "It was just like, for me, impose my will. Leave my mark right there."
Williams had three dunks in the game and helped the Lions build their comfortable lead.
Loughlin had Jefferson well-scouted and was able to knock off the defending PSAL 'AA' Brooklyn champions. Gonzalez said he was pleased with his team's execution and all-around effort in the victory.
"I said once we beat their press, their first line of defense, let's just go attack the basket and be aggressive and see what happens," Gonzalez said. "And then you gotta get back on defense because I know that they push the ball up very quickly, also.And we did that. I was very proud of them and the way they defended today."