Khalid Moore is regarded as one of the key players for an Archbishop Molloy team that wants to make a push for a CHSAA Class AA Intersectional title. But the junior forward knew that his performance wasn’t up to par with his expectations but also for the team.
Moore has rediscovered his confidence over the last few days and would score 17 points on Sunday as Archbishop Molloy recorded a comprehensive 92-60 victory that handed Queens High School of Teaching its first loss of the season at the Apparel Challenge held at Christ the King High School.
“When the beginning of the season started I wasn’t playing up to my potential,” Moore said. “[Molloy head coach Mike McCleary told me to keep the confidence in myself and I played aggressive and I had a good game.”
From the opening tipoff, the Stanners dominated against the Tigers with an explosive yet balanced scoring attack. Junior center Moses Brown lead all scorers with 20 points along with 15 points from Cole Anthony and John Herring had 14 points. Molloy improved to 8-3 overall and ranked fourth in the News 12 Varsity New York City rankings.
“We got such a talented group around like myself and everyone around the team feels that we should be doing that every game,” Anthony said. “We were locked in tonight.”
The 6-6 junior let his all-around talents do the talking on the floor and that has given Molloy an extra dimension over the last two games. Moore scored a game-high 23 points and had 10 rebounds on Friday night as the Stanners rallied in the fourth quarter to get a 78-67 home win over rivals Christ the King.
What Molloy has gotten is Moore’s dedication to not just score the basketball, but also rebound and defend. Those factors was apparent against a Tigers team that had came into the game at 14-0 and leading a competitive PSAL Queens AA division.
“I’m focusing on the team and helping everyone get better as a group. I’m working out by myself trying to get better to help my team,” Moore said.
Moore hit two 3-pointers to help his team get an early advantage and the lead would increase further for Molloy. Anthony was sharp from the perimeter with a couple of outside shots and Brown was a force inside the paint with back-to-back layups to give Molloy a 28-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“I just been talking to him and honestly its all mental for him. He’s mentally right and he’s one of the top players I know,” Anthony said. “I think it’s just the emergence of him coming out right now.”
Queens High School of Teaching just couldn’t get on track offensively along with having trouble defending the talented Stanners. William Ellis scored 18 points and highly recruited senior forward C.J. Kelly struggled with foul trouble to end with 16 points.
Molloy will have another tough challenge on Tuesday in traveling to Bishop Loughlin for a CHSAA Class AA Brooklyn/queens division matchup at 4 p.m.
Long Island Lutheran 80, Cardozo 53
Chaminade 57, Boys and Girls 50