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TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Marlon Smith

School: Archbishop Molloy

Sport: Basketball

Position: Point guard

Year: Senior

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 180 pounds

Marlon Smith is just one half of the highly touted backcourt on the Archbishop Molloy varsity boys’ basketball team, but his contributions to his team this week made him an easy pick for TimesLedger Athlete of the Week honors.

Smith scored a game-high 26 points to lead his team over a tough St. Francis Prep team Friday night. But it wasn’t so much the amount of points he scored, as when he scored them.

With Prep making a spirited third-quarter run, Smith, whose team led for most of the game, slammed the door shut on St. Francis by nailing three three-pointers in the final period. He also nailed a couple of clutch free throws late to cement his club’s 82-75 win.

“We would rather he wouldn’t score as much and distribute the ball more,” said Molloy coach Jack Curran. “But he’s fine.”

When Smith scores 26, it’s hard to tell him not to shoot.

Honor Roll

In her first game in close to a month after suffering a knee injury, Amanda LoCascio led the Christ the King Royals to a 79-50 win over Archbishop Molloy, scoring 15 points ... Senior guard Japhet McNeil scored 19 points for Christ the King in a 68-65 loss to Rice ... Bryan Geffen had 21 points to lead St. Francis Prep in an 82-75 loss to Molloy, and he had 12 points in a 54-49 loss to St. Raymond’s ... Cameron Tyler led the Cardozo boys’ basketball team’s resurgence last week, averaging 29 points per game in the Judges’ 3-0 week. The senior shooting guard scored 27 against North Bergen (N.J.), 28 against South Shore and 32 vs. neighborhood rival Bayside. Backcourt mate Vic Morris didn’t have a bad week either, scoring 20 points against North Bergen and adding 11 points and 6 assists against South Shore ... Rahshon Clark scored 33 points in Beach Channel’s division-clinching win against rival Far Rockaway, while Richard Forbes netted 35 for the SeaHorses ... Michael Laboy scored 24 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter for LIC in a 55-51 win over Forest Hills ... Amseshem Foluke had 24 points and 24 rebounds for American Studies in a division-clinching win for American Studies ... Gayle Silverstein had 28 points for the Bayside girls’ basketball team in a 112-20 win over American Studies and also netted 14 in a victory over Flushing ... Maria Loor had 13 points and 17 rebounds for Newtown in a 60-41 win over American Studies and then scored 30 points, including the game-winning layup, and grabbed 24 rebounds in a 61-60 come-from-behind win over Robert F. Wagner ... LIC’s David Mercado, the defending PSAL wrestling champion at 145 pounds, defeated Tottenville’s Glenn Semioli, the defending PSAL champ at 152 pounds, as LIC won 30-27.

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