Molinsky's triple-double catapults Summer Trojan cagers
Published 4:37 pm, Tuesday, July 19, 2011
All five players on the Weston boys basketball team scored in double figures Sunday.
Weston parlayed its offensive production into a 76-69 victory over the DBA All-Stars in the DeSantis Basketball Academy Summer Basketball League at Christian Heritage School. With the win, the Summer Trojans raised their record to 4-2 and one of their losses came by forfeit for not having enough players.
"We had the same four or five guys playing the entire game and for the whole game, we're more conditioned," Weston senior captain Max Molinsky said.
The lefty Molinsky was instrumental in the victory by garnering a triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. He also had a steal and moreover, deftly ran the offense and found his teammates in the right spots with picturesque passes, performing like Steve Nash in the way he set them up.
"When I got to the basket, I passed to my wings and if my wings were covered, I passed to the inside players," Molinsky.
Despite being a 5'9" guard, Molinsky did well underneath and came up with clutch rebounds.
"Instincts for the ball helps," Molinsky said. "You just have to want to get it."
The Summer Trojans grabbed a 25-11 lead in the first half on the strength of sophomore Erik Dammen-Brower hitting four layups, three off feeds from Molinsky. Dammen-Brower (14 points, six rebounds, two assists) was also a threat from the perimeter and knocked down a couple of outside shots.
Speaking about finding the range, junior Mack Monague (19 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists) was lights out in his jumpers. Montague hit Weston's only 3-pointer of the night and also helped the Summer Trojans with slashing drives to the basket and passed well, setting up Molinsky for a layup off outlet passes and threaded the ball inside to set up junior Walker Edelman and sophomore Pascal Arvoy for layups.
"Hopefully, I'll make my 3-pointers more consistently when the games count," Molinsky said.
While Weston missed its shots from outside the arc, DBA found the range and connected for eight treys. DBA hit three trifectas to trim the lead to five, 29-24 and then swished a 3-pointer to take a 30-29 lead.
Molinsky hit two free throws and Montague added four points before the half to give the Summer Trojans a 35-33 halftime lead. DBA's last points before the half came on (you guessed it) another trey and it made a shot from midcourt, but it didn't count because it was a released a split second after the halftime buzzer.
After Dammen-Brower's layup extended the lead to four, 37-33, DBA went on an 11-2 run to took a 44-39 lead. Weston countered with a 10-0 run to go up 49-44 with Molinsky and Montague each scoring four points and Edelman (10 points, 18 rebounds, two assists) capping the surge with a putback off the offensive glass.
What Edelman lacked in height, he made up for it with heart by grabbing almost every rebound that was there for the taking.
"Working together as a team was the key, it was a team effort," Edelman said. "I have good days and I have bad days and everything came together for me today."
Arvoy (15 points, 12 rebounds) made some layups from Molinsky and Montague to keep the Summer Trojans in front but DBA tied it one last time at 63-63 with a 3-pointer.
Edelman scored four straight points to give Weston the lead for good, the first basket on a putback off the offensive glass. Molinsky drew a foul and hit both free throws after grabbing an offensive rebound and helped the Summer Trojans hold on by setting up Arvoy's layup and then hitting two more free throws.
"Having Mack and Erik score on the wing opened things up for Walker and Pascal inside and I was able to pass it to them," Molinsky said.